Elizabeth C. Pritzker is a co-founding partner of Pritzker Levine LLP. She has 26 years of litigation experience representing clients in antitrust matters, consumer cases, business and employment disputes, and in First Amendment-related litigation.
Ms. Pritzker practices exclusively in the areas of litigation, trial and client counseling. She has successfully represented corporate clients, small businesses, public entities, nonprofit groups, labor unions, employees and injured persons in individual and class cases, and has counseled or successfully litigated on behalf of journalists and media clients.
Ms. Pritzker has served in a leadership capacity in numerous matters, including cases brought under federal and state antitrust, securities and consumer protection statutes. In the antitrust arena, she was appointed Plaintiffs’ Class Counsel in Il Fornaio (America) Corporation v. Lazzari Fuel Company, LLC, an antitrust class action alleging customer allocation and bid-rigging among the major sellers of restaurant-grade mesquite charcoal. Ms. Pritzker serves as Additional Class Counsel in In Re NCAA Grant-In-Aid Cap Antitrust Litigation, an antitrust action brought by current and former college football and men’s and women’s basketball players alleging that the NCAA cap on athletic scholarships is an unlawful restraint of trade. She serves as a member of the End Payor Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee and as Discovery Co-Chair in In re Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation, a multi-district class action alleging price fixing by producers of packaged seafood products, and as a member of the Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re Lithium Ion Rechargeable Batteries Antitrust Litigation, another multi-district class action alleging price fixing by foreign and domestic battery manufacturers. Ms. Pritzker also served as court-appointed Liaison Counsel for Direct Purchaser Plaintiffs in In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, a multi-district class action alleging price-fixing by manufacturers of LCD panels and products.
In the consumer protection field, Ms. Pritzker and the Pritzker Levine firm have been appointed Interim Class Counsel in In Re Lenovo Adware Litigation, a multi-district class action for damages arising from the surreptitious installation of a Superfish spyware program by Lenovo on certain notebook computer models sold in the United States, and in Corcoran v. CVS Pharmacy, Inc., a class action alleging that CVS wrongfully overcharges consumers who are insured and have third-party prescription drug coverage for commonly prescribed generic prescription drugs. Ms. Pritzker recently served on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In Re Adobe Systems, Inc. Privacy Litigation, a class action brought on behalf of users of Adobe software products whose personal private information or property were compromised as a result of alleged substandard security practices at Adobe that lead to a massive data and security breach in September 2013.
Ms. Pritzker has been recognized by her peers as a Northern California “Super Lawyer.” She was named to the Northern California “Top 100 Lawyers” list in 2016, and has repeatedly appeared on the Northern California “Top 50 Women Lawyers” list.
In November 2016, Ms. Pritzker was appointed by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California to serve a three-year term as one of the Northern District’s Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. In 2014, she was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section of the State Bar of California for the 2014-2017 term.
Ms. Pritzker serves by appointment to the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) Board of Governors. CAOC is a professional organization of plaintiffs’ attorneys representing consumers in cases involving personal injury, product liability, environmental degradation and other causes. She also has been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists – Northern California Chapter with the organization’s prestigious “James Madison Freedom of Information Award” for her legal work on behalf of San Francisco Bay Area journalists and media.
A Boston, Massachusetts native, Ms. Pritzker received her undergraduate degree in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Ms. Pritzker is admitted to practice in the State of California. She also is admitted to the United States Supreme Court; the United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California; and the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Ms. Pritzker is a frequent commentator and lecturer on various topics, including antitrust law, class action procedure and practice, electronic discovery, use and enforcement of the Freedom of Information Act and individual state right-to-know laws, and civil litigation and trial practice. She has served as a presenter on these and other issues on behalf of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA), the State Bar of California, the California First Amendment Coalition (CFAC) and Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), among others.
Ms. Pritzker’s recent speaking engagements include:
- State Bar of California Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section, Webinar Moderator, Emerging Standards Under the FTAIA, February 2015.
- Environmental Youth Forum 2015, Speaker, The Lightbulb Conspiracy: Environmental Impacts of Planned Obsolescence, February 2015.
- 46th Annual Consumer Attorneys of California Convention, Lecturer, Post-Brinker Employment Class Action Seminar, November 2012.
- Cambridge International Forums: Plaintiffs Class Action Forum, Presenter, Class Actions under Dukes, April 2012.
- San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Lecturer, Summary Judgment Seminar, February 2012.
- Consumer Attorneys of California, Moderator, Judicial Perspectives on Class Actions, March 2012.
Ms. Pritzker is passionate about environmentally‐sensitive architecture and design. Her concern for the environment and the impact of consumer electronic waste on the health of the planet is depicted in the documentary film, The LightBulb Conspiracy: The Untold Story of Planned Obsolescence, by Cosima Dannoritzer.
Ms. Pritzker is a former board member of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF). During her board term, she served as member of the Executive Committee and a Co-Chair of BALIF’s Judiciary Committee. Ms. Pritzker continues to serve as an Attorney Advisory member of the BALIF Judiciary Committee, which is active in identifying, supporting and promoting qualified LGBT lawyers to the state and federal bench. Previously, she chaired BALIF’s Young Lawyers and Law Student Committee, where she oversaw and implemented BALIF’s ‘Connections’ Mentoring Program to match law students and new lawyers with established practitioners for mentoring and career development purposes.
Ms. Pritzker is a participating mentor in the area of antitrust law for the American Bar Association (ABA), Antitrust Law Section and Young Lawyers Division. She is a former board member of the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.
Ms. Pritzker enjoys hiking, gardening, cooking and eco‐travel. She and Pritzker Levine LLP support local art, music and theater, the Sierra Club, Playworks (formerly, Sports 4 Kids), Breast Cancer Action, Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Public Justice, the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, the Alameda County Food Bank and Project Open Hand.
Ms. Pritzker resides with her family in the vibrant Temescal neighborhood of Oakland, California. She speaks French, and is trying to learn Spanish as well as a bit of German.