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Elizabeth McCloskey specializes in high-stakes complex litigation, including white-collar criminal defense and bet-the company commercial disputes. She has successfully represented individuals and corporations in federal and state courts, and in complex investigations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, California Attorney General, and other government agencies.

Ms. McCloskey has tried multiple cases to verdict.  She obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of Arista Networks in a high-profile copyright and patent trial against Cisco Systems.  Recently, she represented the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods in a five-week criminal antitrust trial. 

Currently, Ms. McCloskey represents Lyft in actions brought by the California Attorney General and Labor Commissioner, addressing issues critical to the “sharing” economy: whether drivers have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. She is defending Commercial Real Estate Exchange, Inc. (CREXI), a fast-growing commercial real estate marketplace, against a copyright and unfair competition lawsuit brought by a competitor. Previously, Ms. McCloskey represented Tour de France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong against a False Claims Act case brought by a former teammate and joined by the United States.

Ms. McCloskey earned her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Order of the Coif) and B.A. in Government and English from Georgetown University (cum laude). She clerked for Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Judge John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Before attending law school, Ms. McCloskey worked as a journalist.

Elizabeth McCloskey specializes in high-stakes complex litigation, including white-collar criminal defense and bet-the company commercial disputes. She has successfully represented individuals and corporations in federal and state courts, and in complex investigations brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, California Attorney General, and other government agencies.

Ms. McCloskey has tried multiple cases to verdict.  She obtained a complete defense verdict on behalf of Arista Networks in a high-profile copyright and patent trial against Cisco Systems.  Recently, she represented the former CEO of Bumble Bee Foods in a five-week criminal antitrust trial. 

Currently, Ms. McCloskey represents Lyft in actions brought by the California Attorney General and Labor Commissioner, addressing issues critical to the “sharing” economy: whether drivers have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. She is defending Commercial Real Estate Exchange, Inc. (CREXI), a fast-growing commercial real estate marketplace, against a copyright and unfair competition lawsuit brought by a competitor. Previously, Ms. McCloskey represented Tour de France winning cyclist Lance Armstrong against a False Claims Act case brought by a former teammate and joined by the United States.

Ms. McCloskey earned her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Order of the Coif) and B.A. in Government and English from Georgetown University (cum laude). She clerked for Judge Valerie Baker Fairbank of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and Judge John T. Noonan Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Before attending law school, Ms. McCloskey worked as a journalist.

Genentech Dispute Highlights Growing Importance of Trade Secrets for Life Sciences Companies

September 16, 2019

The issues at stake in the case illustrate the growing importance of trade secrets protection to life sciences companies and the IP professionals who serve them. Read more

Trade Secrets Case Sees Biotech Shutdown Biosimilar Production

September 09, 2019

Genentech reaches a settlement agreement with JHL Biotech, which sees the latter cease development of biosimilars to Genentech’s products. Read more

Genentech Gets Taiwanese Co. to Abandon Biosimilars

September 09, 2019

Taiwan’s JHL Biotech has agreed to stop developing copycat versions of four Genentech biologics as part of a deal to end high-stakes trade secrets litigation. Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Elects Four Attorneys to Partner

January 02, 2019

Keker, Van Nest & Peters is pleased to announce that the firm has elected associates Nicholas Goldberg, Thomas Gorman, Elizabeth McCloskey, and Erin Meyer to its partnership effective January 1, 2019. Read more

Lance Armstrong Settles Federal Fraud Case for $5 Million

April 19, 2018

Lance Armstrong agreed on Thursday to pay $5 million to settle claims that he defrauded the federal government by using performance-enhancing drugs when the United States Postal Service sponsored his cycling team. Read more

Lance Armstrong Settles Long-Running False Claims Act Case

April 19, 2018

Lance Armstrong today announced that he has settled the long-running False Claims Act case brought against him by former cyclist Floyd Landis and the U. S. Postal Service. Read more

Was it the Right Decision for Lance Armstrong to Settle his Lawsuit with the U.S. Government?

April 19, 2018

Five years after then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the U.S. Justice Department would co-sign onto Floyd Landis’s whistleblower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, the sides have reached a settlement. Read more

Facebook Says Advertisers Can’t Sue Over False Metrics

June 19, 2017

Facebook Inc. asked a California federal judge on Monday to toss a putative class action alleging the company misled advertisers with false consumer viewing metrics. Read more

Two Keker, Van Nest & Peters Trial Teams Win CLAY Awards

03/15/2017

Eleven lawyers from two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams representing Google and Arista received California Lawyer of the Year awards from the Daily Journal for intellectual property trial wins. Read more

Trial Victory for Arista Wins Top Defense Verdict Award for 2016

February 17, 2017

The defense verdict KVP obtained at trial for Arista against Cisco’s copyright and patent claims earned the firm second place as the Top Defense Verdict of 2016 Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Wins Two Top Defense Verdicts of 2016

February 17, 2017

Bob Van Nest led two Keker, Van Nest & Peters trial teams on behalf of clients Google and Arista, respectively, that were recognized as top defense verdicts in California. Read more

IP Group of the Year: Keker & Van Nest

January 25, 2017

Trial wins for Google and Arista in high stakes patent and copyright cases led to Keker & Van Nest being named IP Group of the Year by Law360. Read more

How Deposition Testimony Plays Out at Trial

01/19/2017

Quyen Ta and Elizabeth McCloskey will speak at the Bridgeport Continuing Education's conference. Read more

Arista Beats Cisco’s $335M Copyright Claim with an Unusual Defense

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After a two-week trial, a San Jose jury has cleared Arista Networks of allegations that it infringed copyrights and patents belonging to Cisco Systems. Read more

Community Health Pays $75M To End Whistleblower FCA Suit

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KVN represented whistleblower Robert C. Baker, who alleged Tennessee-based CHS violated the False Claims Act by presenting fraudulent claims for federal matching Medicaid funds. Read more