ELIZABETH CHIARELLO is a nationally recognized lawyer with nearly two decades of experience handling mass tort, toxic tort, products liability, class actions, and other complex disputes. A seasoned and vigorous advocate both in and outside of the courtroom, Beth helps clients manage their most complex cases, including preparing high-stakes matters for trial and serving as national coordinating and trial counsel in mass litigation. Beth has successfully defended class actions and mass tort cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including industrial services, medical device and device sterilization, pharmaceutical, electronics, financial services, transportation, telecommunications, cosmetics, food, and nutritional supplements. She has served as national coordinating counsel in a variety of putative nationwide class actions and mass tort lawsuits filed in federal and state courts across the country.
Beth has successful jury trial experience, having first-chaired a jury trial in southern Illinois, where she won a significant verdict in her client’s favor. She has received numerous accolades in response to the high quality of her work, including letters of recommendation from in-house counsel, Law Bulletin’s Leading Lawyers recognition as one of the Leading & Emerging Women Lawyers in Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law and Products Liability Defense Law, recommendation by The Legal 500 US in the categories of Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense: Automotive/Transport, as well as in Consumer Products. She was selected by Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) to receive the inaugural “Outstanding Contributor” award for her volunteer advocacy efforts on behalf of LCJ’s membership.
Beth has worked all stages of class and products liability litigation, including motions to dismiss, summary judgment, all facets of discovery (including international discovery issues), Daubert motions, motions for class certification, and interlocutory and other appeals. Beth also has trial experience, having given opening statements and conducted direct and cross-examination of witnesses, as well as voir dire. When settlement is appropriate, Beth has also helped her clients negotiate nationwide class action settlements, and she has successfully defended contested and uncontested class action settlements in state and federal courts.
Beth is a frequent speaker at a number of acclaimed conferences, including ACI’s Annual Legal, Regulatory and Compliance Forum on Cosmetics and Personal Care Products; Grocery Manufacturer’s Association Legal Conference; ABA Food and Supplements Conference; and Momentum’s Food and Beverage Conference.