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Labor and employment Star

Practice area:

Labor and employment

Elaine Horn serves as Co-Chair of Williams & Connolly’s Employment Litigation and Counseling practice group. Her employment practice includes conducting internal investigations, providing proactive counseling and strategic advice on policies and decisions, and defending employers in litigation involving allegations of race, gender and disability discrimination, as well as FMLA issues.  She has represented a wide range of civil clients at both the trial and appellate level, in MDL and state-court coordinated proceedings, in administrative investigations and proceedings, and in arbitrations. In 2021, Elaine was recognized as a “Labor and Employment Star” by Benchmark Litigation.

In her products liability practice, Elaine represents major pharmaceutical companies in mass tort litigation, including serving on the national coordinating counsel team. Elaine’s work in this area has included coordinating case management and discovery activities in dozens of parallel state and federal proceedings, drafting and arguing dispositive motions and motions regarding class certification, and drafting appellate briefs in state and federal court. She has also served in various capacities on trial teams in state and federal court, assisted with the design and implementation of bellwether trial programs, and assisted with the design and implementation of an innovative large-scale national settlement program. Most recently, the federal MDL Court appointed Elaine to the Defense Steering Committee in the nationwide Zantac MDL.

Over the course of her career, Elaine has also litigated claims involving major hospitality and commercial real estate companies, colleges and universities, and a wide variety of plaintiffs' litigation, including favorable multi-million-dollar judgments for a defrauded plaintiff. 

Elaine grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and received double degrees from Texas A&M University and her J.D., with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School, where she was on the Editorial Board of The University of Chicago Law Review. Elaine clerked in Los Angeles for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Elaine spent a year in New York working for the Office of the Appellate Defender, a non-profit organization that represents indigent criminal defendants on appeal. Elaine currently serves on the Board of Directors for the House of Ruth, a D.C. non-profit organization that provides housing and other services to homeless and abused women and their children.


Updated June 2021