Elizabeth C. Solander focuses her practice on sensitive and complex commercial and regulatory litigation and investigations. She represents clients in enforcement investigations and proceedings brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as in securities class actions, shareholder derivative suits, and internal corporate investigations.
As part of her arbitration practice, she has represented private and government clients, including the Government of Canada in its entirely successful defense of two arbitrations against the United States under the Softwood Lumber Agreement of 2006.
Elizabeth also has a deep commitment to providing pro bono legal services. She has worked on several pro bono matters, including, most recently, representing a petitioner in a case before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
She is a member of the firm’s Personnel and Recruitment Committees, and serves as the associate assignment coordinator for the Washington, D.C. office.
Member, American Bar Association
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Recognized in Washington DC Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2014 – 2016
Capital Pro Bono High Honor Roll, sponsored by the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 2011 – 2015, 2018 – 2019, 2022
Highlighted Publications and Lectures
Co-author, “A Look at SEC’s Rules of Practice, A Year After Amendments,” Law360, September 26, 2017
“Enforcement Practice 2017 – Comprehensive Analysis of SEC’s Enforcement Manual (Part I),” Regulatory Compliance Association’s Regulation, Operations & Compliance Symposium, Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda, April 27, 2017
Contributor, Consumer Protection Law Developments, Second Edition, ABA Antitrust Section, April 2016
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
Supreme Court of Virginia
Enforcement, Investigations, and Litigation
Defense of a high profile founder and executive in an SEC investigation
Defense of a drug company CFO in an SEC fraud investigation
Defense of a fund manager in an SEC fraud investigation and subsequent Administrative Law Judge proceeding
Representation of corporate clients in shareholder litigation in multiple jurisdictions
Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in multidefendant actions in federal and state courts, including multiple state attorney general actions, challenging industry pricing practices Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in personal injury and economic injury litigation
Representation of a European investor in arbitration proceedings against a Latin American state under the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Convention
Representation of the Government of Canada in international arbitrations arising out of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement
Representation of a petitioner seeking redress for human rights violations before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Representation of a felony criminal defendant in habeas proceedings.
Aref v. Lynch (D.C. Cir. 2016), arguing in a case of first impression that the Prison Litigation Reform Act permits prisoners to pursue claims for non-physical injuries for deprivations of constitutional rights on behalf of the Legal Aid Society and the American Civil Liberties Union as amici curiae
Maldonado v. Holder (2d Cir. 2014), arguing against the Second Circuit standard for suppressing evidence obtained as a result of Fourth Amendment violations in immigration removal proceedings on behalf of the ACLU and National Immigration Law Center
Representation of a felony criminal defendant on appeal and in post-conviction proceedings