Elizabeth Stotland Weiswasser


Elizabeth Weiswasser

Elizabeth (Liz) Stotland Weiswasser is Co-Chair of Weil’s global Litigation Department and a member of Weil’s Management Committee. Liz is nationally recognized for her success in leading teams to victory on behalf of many of the most important companies in the life sciences industry. 

Liz is lead counsel on behalf of some of the most sophisticated pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device companies in the world, both in federal courts and in inter partes and post-grant review proceedings before the U.S. Patent Office. She has led patent cases across the full range of biopharma technologies, including a wide variety of biologics, small molecules, formulation, drug delivery, and methods of treatment. Liz also builds and leads teams in related areas of litigation in the life sciences industry, including in the antitrust and broader commercial areas. Liz’s experience, along with her deep training in molecular biology and biochemistry, has made her a highly sought-after litigator and counselor in the life sciences space. Liz is a former law clerk to Judge Lourie on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and licensed before the U.S. Patent Office, where she has long been recognized as one of the leading practitioners.

Liz has received wide recognition from clients, her peers, and the broader life sciences industry as a leader in the life sciences and patent litigation fields, and particularly as one of the top women in the profession. Her many accolades, driven by market and client feedback, include:

  • Named 2024 “IP Litigator of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation, and has also been recognized by Benchmark every year since 2018 as one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” nationwide.
  • Named “New York Litigator of the Year” at Managing Intellectual Property’s 2022 Americas Awards. She has been included in the publication’s list of “IP Stars” every year since 2013, and also as one of the global “Top 250 Women in IP.”
  • Euromoney’s Americas Women in Business Law Awards named Liz as 2022 “Life Sciences Litigator of the Year,” after earlier naming her in 2018 as “Outstanding Practitioner,” an award given to just one lawyer each year in recognition of her services to the law.
  • The Financial Times recognized Liz as one of the ten “Most Innovative Legal Practitioners” in its 2021 North American Innovative Law Firms competition.
  • Crain’s New York Business named Liz among the 2021 Notable Women in Law in recognition of her achievements, leadership, and contributions to the legal community.
  • Named “New York General Patent Litigator of the Year” in 2017 by LMG, which has short-listed her for that award seven times in the past eight years, and also has named her a Life Sciences “Star” every year since 2014.
  • Chambers USA: Liz is currently ranked among the leading lawyers nationally for Life Sciences IP litigation by Chambers USA, which has also recognized her as a leading patent litigator for more than a decade. Chambers has reported client and peer feedback that:
    • Liz is “is particularly well versed in advising on life sciences matters.” She is “‘just fantastic…extremely proactive, efficient and well organized,’” “articulate and quick on her feet,” and “a skilled and persuasive advocate as well as a masterful strategist."
    • Liz “impresses clients with her ‘command of the subject matter’ coupled with ‘outstanding communication skills.’ Her ‘top-notch client service’ is also praised, with sources describing her as ‘a delightful person to work with.’”
    • Liz is “thoughtful and strategic,” “a smart and experienced litigator,” “an accomplished trial lawyer” and “very litigation-savvy.”
    • Liz “is able to manage the big picture and handle the small details simultaneously” and “continues to impress with her superb work as a patent litigator concentrating on biologics and pharmaceuticals.”
    • Liz “inspires confidence and is praised for her ‘strong background in molecular biology and the life sciences, which allows her to communicate effectively with scientists and medical professionals and explain scientific concepts to non-scientists.’”
  • Chambers Global: Since 2019, Liz has been recognized in Chambers' international guide as among the top practitioners in the U.S. for patent litigation.
  • Legal 500: Liz is currently recognized as a top-ranked “Leading Lawyer” nationally in both the Patent Litigation and Life Sciences categories,
  • Liz has been named by Lawdragon as among its Leading Litigators and Attorneys in 2022-2024.
  • Expert Guides: Liz is ranked among the “Best of the Best USA” (Top 30) for both Life Sciences and Patents by Euromoney’s Expert Guides.
  • IAM Patent 1000: Liz has been recognized as a leader in patent litigation every year since 2012, which praises Liz’s work over “decades on the frontlines of headline-writing cases.” Previous editions of the publication called her “a life sciences doyenne who combines a sparkling intellect with legal creativity and commerciality,” and “one of the brightest and most sophisticated IP litigators you could have the pleasure of dealing with,” and who “never fails to impress clients, for whom ‘her guidance on difficult patent cases and her thoughts on strategy are priceless’.” IAM also specifically calls attention to her “strong technical background in the life sciences, which she combines with a top-line understanding of patent law.”

Throughout her career, Liz has been and continues to be a leader and widely-respected colleague and mentor on her teams at Weil, in her community, and in the legal and academic fields more broadly. She regular speaks on life sciences topics and served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University Law School, where she taught Biotechnology/Life Sciences Patent Law for seven years.

Liz also is a leader in public service and in her community. She has been honored for her pro bono work by the Legal Aid Society and Westchester Residential Opportunities, for which her team received the Harriett Goldberg Fair Housing Award. She has served on the Dean’s Visiting Committee of The University of Chicago Law School, and on the boards of Montclair Kimberley Academy and The Epilepsy Foundation.

From 1992 to 1994, Liz served as law clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Liz received her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where she was a member of The Law Review, and her B.A. from Northwestern University in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. Prior to entering law school, she did graduate work at Princeton University in molecular biology.

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