honors + affiliations
Member, American Bar Association
Member, State Bar of California
Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California
- San Francisco
One Market, Spear Street Tower
San Francisco, CA 94105-1596
Elizabeth A. Erskine is a senior attorney in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Ms. Erskine's practice focuses on providing nationwide coordinating counsel services to major bank corporate trustees, particularly in overseeing litigation arising out of the sub-prime mortgage crisis. She has assisted in the defense of litigation and claims brought by consumer borrowers, investors, and governmental agencies involving loans in residential mortgage-backed securitization trusts. Ms. Erskine heads a team responsible for coordinating with local counsel across the country in preparing trustee clients for deposition and trial and in preparing affidavits and discovery responses. She also provides risk prevention advice in connection with administration of corporate trusts.
Ms. Erskine also has experience litigating complex civil actions in a wide variety of areas. She has handled fiduciary litigation both for and against corporate and individual trustees, nationwide pharmaceutical class actions, insurance bad faith claims, employment litigation, errors and omissions cases, and aviation products liability matters.
Ms. Erskine has litigated cases before state and federal courts, handling all aspects from initial pleading stages, law and motion, discovery, trial preparation, and trial, both for defendants and plaintiffs, including obtaining a seven-figure jury verdict in federal court that was upheld on appeal.
Ms. Erskine was formerly a vice-president and senior counsel with one of the largest banks in the United States and was in charge of supervising litigation involving the bank in its capacity as trustee. She was also counsel with a leading national law firm in its role as national coordinating defense counsel in pharmaceutical class actions, and she was a partner with a large California trial firm, where she represented clients in a broad range of matters.
Ms. Erskine earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1986 and her B.S., with high honors, from Northeastern University in 1979.
Ms. Erskine is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California.
- Boston College Law School, 1986, J.D.
- Northeastern University, 1979, B.S., High Honors