Elysa is a member of HMB’s Litigation Group and focuses her practice on commercial litigation, bankruptcy and representing businesses in the cannabis industry.
Elysa’s commercial litigation experience includes matters ranging from accounting malpractice to non-compete/non-solicit clauses. She also has diverse bankruptcy experience, working with clients on bankruptcy appeal and cross-border insolvency issues. Elysa has also worked on matters representing both creditors’ committees and trustees, including representing the Liquidating Trustee of a commercial hemp processor.
Working with privately held companies, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, Elysa was heavily involved in organizing these business’s applications for cannabis licensure in Illinois. She created systems to track and organize applications to ensure that each client’s application for licensure was compliant with Illinois requirements.
At the intersection of bankruptcy and cannabis is the tension between federal cannabis law and state laws that have legalized cannabis. Elysa has extensively researched this issue and is prepared to advise clients in the cannabis industry on their exposure if they become involved in litigation.
A Personalized Approach
Clients rely on Elysa for practical advice and an honest and clear assessment of their legal issues. Elysa’s approach is personal to each client. She focuses on their desired outcome and offers a fresh perspective on achieving their goals.
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., cum laude
DePaul University, Master of Arts with Distinction (Focus on Elizabethan Literature)
Emporia State University, Bachelor’s of Education in Secondary English Education
Northern District of Illinois
Illinois State Appellate Defender
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