Ms. Vélez has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. She represents clients in federal and state court and has worked on a broad range of commercial disputes involving complex financial instruments, business torts, health care, bankruptcy, environmental regulations, trade secrets, copyright, and constitutional issues. Ms. Vélez has arbitrated in commercial and Investor-State proceedings involving both international and foreign law.
Throughout her career, Ms. Vélez has counseled domestic and international clients from numerous industries, including financial institutions, energy companies, media companies, retail companies, and insurance providers. She is involved in all aspects of her cases, ranging from discovery and dispositive motions to litigation.
Prior to joining Lewis Baach, Ms. Vélez was an associate at a large New York law firm.
- Associate, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Publications & Events
Elizabeth Vélez successfully petitioned the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for lawful permanent residence (commonly known as a green card) on behalf of an undocumented client who was the victim of domestic violence.May 20, 2021
- Second Circuit Shortens the Reach of § 1782, Denying Access to Domestic Discovery for Parties in Private Foreign Arbitrations
The Second Circuit held that 28 U.S.C. § 1782(a) cannot be used to support petitions for discovery for use in private foreign commercial arbitrations, settling an issue that has lingered unresolved in the circuit since 2004. The new decision, In re Guo, puts the Second Circuit squarely at odds with recent decisions issued by other circuit courts, raising the possibility that the Supreme Court will take up the issue next session to resolve the split. While Guo does not impact the ability of parties to foreign public arbitrations and litigations to take § 1782(a) discovery, for now at least, parties to private foreign arbitrations may have to look to more favorable circuits outside New York for relief.July 13, 2020
In the News
On June 27, the Supreme Court held in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railroad that the assertion of general jurisdiction over an out-of-state corporation that has waived its jurisdictional defense as a condition to doing business in a state comports with Due Process.July 2023
- Supreme Court Narrows Reach of Section 1782 Discovery Tool: Private Arbitrations Are Not Foreign or International Tribunals for Purposes of the Statute
The United States Supreme Court concluded in ZF Automotive US, Inc. v. Luxshare, Ltd. that federal district courts cannot order discovery for use in a private foreign arbitration via 18 U.S.C. § 1782—a statute that permits litigants to seek discovery in federal court for “use in a proceeding in a foreign or international tribunal.” The unanimous decision narrows a useful discovery tool by prohibiting parties in or contemplating private, foreign arbitration from obtaining discovery through federal courts for use in that arbitration.June 14, 2022
- Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss Files Amended Lawsuit Against Trust Services Company Amicorp Alleging They Are Involved in a Multi-Million-Dollar Real Estate Investment Ponzi Scheme Fraud in South Florida
An amended complaint filed in Miami-Dade County alleges that Amicorp, an international trust services company, actively participated in a multi-million-dollar real estate fraud which victimized many Latin American families.www.businesswire.com, July 3, 2019
- 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
- University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 2009)
- University of Pennsylvania (B.A., Spanish and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, 2005)
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Courts for the District of New Jersey, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York, and Southern District of Florida