ELIZABETH CHIARELLO focuses on the defense of companies in class action, products liability, mass tort and other complex litigation matters. Beth has successfully defended class actions and products liability cases on behalf of Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries, including electronics, financial services, transportation, cosmetics, food, nutritional supplements, pharmaceutical and medical devices. She is vastly knowledgeable in the area of multi-district litigation and has served as national coordinating counsel in a variety of putative nationwide class actions filed in federal and state courts across the country.
Beth has significant trial experience, having given opening statements and conducted direct and cross-examination of witnesses, as well as voir dire. She has worked all stages of class and products liability litigation, including motions to dismiss, summary judgment, all facets of discovery (including international discovery issues), working with class and merits experts, Daubert motions, motions for class certification, and interlocutory and other appeals. Beth frequently advises and advocates on behalf of clients in matters related to the governance, preservation and discovery of electronically stored information and is a member of Sidley’s Electronic Discovery Task Force. Beth has also helped her clients negotiate nationwide class action settlements, and 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. She has given webinars to the Association for Corporate Counsel, the Natural Products Association and the Council for Responsible Nutrition.
Beth has received numerous accolades in response to the high quality of her work. The Legal 500 US recommended Beth in the categories of Product Liability and Mass Tort defense: Automotive/Transport, as well as in Consumer Products (2015). In 2016, she was selected by the Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) to receive the inaugural “Outstanding Contributor” award for her volunteer advocacy efforts on behalf of LCJ’s membership. She is currently a member of Law360’s Editorial Advisory Board for Products Liability and has served for two years as the co-chair of the Consumer Products Subcommittee of the ABA. In addition, Law Bulletin’s Leading Lawyers recognized Beth as one of their Leading & Emerging Women Lawyers in Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law and Products Liability Defense Law (2018).
Admissions & Certifications
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. District Court, N.D. of Illinois - General
- University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2005 (with high distinction, Order of the Coif)
- University of Iowa, B.A., 2002 (with honors, with highest distinction)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit (2005 - 2007)