Ms. Marvin practices in the areas of commercial litigation, international disputes, financial fraud and government relations and public policy. She has represented domestic and foreign clients in complex commercial litigation at all levels in state and federal courts.
Ms. Marvin has experience in a wide range of corporate and litigation matters, including multinational business disputes, contract disputes, U.S. sanctions laws administered and enforced by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control and representation of foreign Liquidators in the U.S. In addition, Ms. Marvin has extensive experience assisting individuals and organizations with contract review and negotiations and is often turned to for advice by organizations that do not have inside counsel.
Ms. Marvin represents Guantanamo detainees in litigation seeking their release, including challenges to conditions of confinement, force-feeding practices and the legality of continued detention after the end of the war in Afghanistan.
Ms. Marvin also volunteers her time on behalf of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, most recently co-authoring an amicus brief on behalf of a group of residents of the District of Columbia, current and former District of Columbia Public Schools parents, and organizations and individuals who are leaders in the effort to ensure that every child in the District of Columbia has a quality public education. The brief argued that D.C. Home Rule permits the D.C. Council to legislate in the area of public education.
- Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (Co-chair, Judicial & Executive Endorsements Committee)
- Barrister, George Washington American Inn of Court (Program Chair, 2009-2010; Vice-President, 2010-2011)
- Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby, Superior Court of the District of Columbia (now District of Columbia Court of Appeals Judge)
- Director of Legislative Affairs for Voters for Choice, a national women’s rights organization
- Law Clerk, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
- Represented Saudi family-owned conglomerate Ahmad Hamad Algosaibi & Brothers in development of global strategy and in multiple cases in the United States.
- Represented Kuwaiti nationals detained at Guantanamo Bay before the Periodic Review Board and in U.S. litigation challenging indefinite detention without charge.
- Represented an Argentine industrial concern against a major U.S. manufacturer in a breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets action.
- Represented a major international non-profit organization and recently assisted with its expansion in the United States.
- Represented Guantanamo detainee, Jihad Dhiab, in litigation brought to challenge the Government’s force-feeding practices.
- Successfully represented a company that provides class action claims filing services in litigation seeking to enjoin our client from continuing to represent members of the class.
Publications & Events
- Panelist, American University Women & Politics Institute Training Seminar
- Moderator, Art, Wine & Conversation: Lawyers Explore Their Creative Side, sponsored by the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia
- Rescission for Misrepresentation or Nondisclosure: Practical Considerations for Insurers and ReinsurersMarch 2012
In the News
- Press Release: Woodsford Litigation Funding to provide international litigation boutique Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC with innovative $20m global portfolio financing facility
Woodsford Litigation Funding, one of the leading global third party funders, has announced a funding facility agreement with Lewis Baach which ensures the firm can offer clients an expedited, one-stop arrangement for the financing of high value litigation and arbitration.August 16, 2017
A little more than a year ago, the Pentagon lifted its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military, noted Elizabeth Marvin, an attorney with Lewis Baach in Washington, D.C. Reversing the decision "will undoubtedly adversely impact transgender service members who are currently serving openly under the Obama-era policy," she said.
HR should be aware that Trump's decision "will impassion people on both sides of the issue. Managers need to be educated about transgender issues, and companies should adopt a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment of transgender employees," Marvin said. "Work should be a place where transgender employees feel safe and are not judged."Society for Human Resource Management, July 27, 2017
Asked whether there was any chance the bill could be enacted, Elizabeth Marvin, a Washington-based lawyer with Lewis Baach, told IBTimes UK: "there's a very slim chance... they certainly could enact it but it would be challenged and in light of the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v Hodges it would be struck down as unconstitutional."International Business Times, April 12, 2017
Elizabeth Marvin, a partner with Lewis Baach in Washington DC, told IBTimes UK: "In my practice, I came to learn pretty quickly that neither side really feels like they win usually when a case is settled". According to Marvin, the repeal isn't doing anything for North Carolina's LGBT communities: "What the repeal did was basically return the state to pre-HB2."International Business Times, March 31, 2017
“The transgender community is certainly in limbo, which is difficult because the community has been highlighted and sort of brought to the surface in recent months,” said Lewis Baach PLLC partner Elizabeth Marvin. “A lot of attention has been placed on them, and there are no specific protections for them.”Law360, March 30, 2017
Elizabeth Marvin, an attorney with Lewis Baach in Washington, D.C., said that whether Title IX encompasses gender identity discrimination "could potentially have an impact on employers, because it would require the [Suprerme] Court to consider whether Title IX's prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex includes gender identity," should the issue again reach the Supreme Court. "A decision that 'sex' as used in Title IX encompasses gender identity would effectively expand the definition of 'sex' as used in other statutes, such as Title VII."Society for Human Resource Management, March 8, 2017
Complaints brought by employees belonging to what is traditionally the majority group should be taken as seriously as complaints brought by employees belonging to historically disadvantaged groups, noted Elizabeth Marvin, an attorney with Lewis Baach in Washington, D.C.Society for Human Resource Managment, January 3, 2017
A decision by the Supreme Court overturning the 4th Circuit's decision could "considerably erode" the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU's) challenge to H.B. 2 in Carcaño, said Elizabeth Marvin, an attorney with Lewis Baach in Washington, D.C.Society for Human Resource Management, November 3, 2016
Elizabeth Marvin, an attorney with Lewis Baach in Washington, D.C., agreed, saying, "A holding that the bill also violates Title VII [of the Civil Rights Act of 1964] is a logical extension of the Aug. 26 holding." However, she added, "It is far too early to predict an ultimate outcome."Society for Human Resource Management, September 1, 2016
Transgender individuals are feeling the brunt of the law, said Elizabeth Marvin, an attorney with Lewis Baach in Washington, D.C.
"Because H.B. 2 will be difficult if not impossible to enforce, it will create a culture in which private citizens feel that they have the right and duty to be gender monitors in public restrooms," Marvin said. She cautioned that this "could potentially result in more violence and harassment directed toward transgender individuals."Society for Human Resource Mangement, August 15, 2016
- May 13, 2016
Fayez Al Kandari was released from Guantanamo today to the custody of the Government of Kuwait who transported him today to his home country of Kuwait.January 8, 2016
- Napa Valley Register, January 6, 2015
- Earth Movement Clause Bars Coverage for Damage from ExcavationMealey's Litigation Report, March 13, 2008
- American University's Washington College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003)
- American University (B.A. 1998)
- District of Columbia
- New York
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for Maryland
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York