Elissa L. Isaacs

Senior Counsel

Elissa Isaacs is an experienced litigator who focuses on complex commercial and construction cases throughout the United States.


Elissa has extensive experience representing clients in a wide range of sophisticated business litigation and arbitration, including in contract, fraud, business tort, securities, insurance/reinsurance, employment, trade secret and other commercial cases. The diverse array of matters on which she has worked range from representing a broker-dealer in a NYSE securities fraud arbitration arising out of a high-profile “pump-and-dump” scheme, to defending numerous insurance companies in a California bad faith and alter ego case concerning damage to contemporary artwork and representing reinsurers in a highly-publicized London arbitration of a $500 million coverage dispute arising out of the Sept 11th attack, to litigating securities fraud claims on behalf of mutual fund investors in a Thai steel mill, to representing a well-known American beer company in an antitrust trial brought by the State of New York and in a trademark trial concerning the term “ice beer.”

Elissa regularly appears in federal and state courts, as well as before arbitration panels in both the United States and in London.

Speaking Engagements

“Unique Coverage Issues Arising Under the Bermuda Form,” Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues Conference (May 18, 2016)


Elissa graduated in 1991, with Honors, from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a Trustee Scholar with a full three-year merit scholarship, a member of the George Washington Law review and a member of the Executive Committee of the Moot Court Board.

Elissa received her B.S. degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1988, where she earned membership into the Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence in journalism.


Elissa is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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