Elise M. Attridge focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation and issues relating to government contracting. In her litigation work, she represents clients in the construction, energy, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and medical device industries. Appearing in US federal and state courts, and at arbitrations and mediations, Elise often represents clients in matters of breach of contract, construction disputes, pharmacy and prescription drug benefits cases, fraud, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, and insurance recovery disputes.
Throughout her practice, Elise collaborates with clients, information technology (IT) teams, and attorneys from Morgan Lewis’s innovative eData practice, helping clients implement strategies to manage their electronic discovery obligations in large-scale litigation matters. Elise’s active pro bono practice includes helping a nonprofit organization obtain a favorable settlement in a contract dispute and litigating a landlord-tenant action resulting in a complete dismissal with prejudice on behalf of her client.
In her government contracting work, Elise advises clients on compliance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) along with other statutes and regulations. She also handles investigations involving the False Claims Act (FCA) and Service Contract Labor Standards, and has litigated claims at the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals. Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Elise served as a law clerk in the Maryland Office of the Attorney General’s Department of Human Resources, where she helped represent local social services departments in cases involving children in need of assistance and termination of parental rights. While in law school, Elise interned for Chief Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm of the US District Court for the District of Maryland.
Representation of a management and operating agent of the US Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration in complex, multiparty contract disputes involving multimillion dollar construction projects before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals.
Representation of an electric power holding company in breach of contract action arising from the construction of a $665 million combined-cycle natural gas power plant.
Representation of a leading energy company in a contract dispute arising from the construction of a biomass power plant.
Representation of a leading global health services company in nationwide class action challenging pharmaceutical benefits practices under ERISA and RICO.
Representations of leading global health services company and large national employer in nationwide class actions challenging the use of mail order pharmacy to deliver specialty drugs used to treat HIV/AIDS under the Affordable Care Act, ERISA, and other laws.
Representation of a global pharmaceutical company in a prolonged pre-Complaint discovery dispute and litigation through the Pennsylvania state court system (at the Court of Common Pleas, the Superior Court, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court), with victories before every court.
University of Maryland School of Law, 2010, J.D., magna cum laude
Washington and Lee University, 2006, B.A.
District of Columbia
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the District of Maryland
Clerkship to the Maryland Office of The Attorney General Department of Human Resources
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Order of the Coif
Recipient, William P. Cunningham Award, University of Maryland School of Law