Professional Biography

Elizabeth L. Bostwick has litigated and tried cases in the state and federal courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and administrative agencies, including the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.  Ms. Bostwick has litigated and tried both civil and criminal cases before juries and judges, and briefed and argued cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Prior to opening her own practice, Ms. Bostwick served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the city of Boston (the “City”) and was an associate at a boutique Boston litigation firm. At the firm, Ms. Bostwick handled business, employment, insurance, and criminal matters.  At the City, Ms. Bostwick litigated a broad range of cases involving employment, zoning, civil rights, tort, licensing, and contract law.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2000

United States District Court of Massachusetts, 2001

United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2003

REPORTED CASES

Bogan et al. v. City of Boston et al., 489 F.3d 417 (1st Cir. 2007).
Lucas v. City of Boston, et al., 2009 WL 1844288 (D. Mass. 2009).
City of Boston v. Erickson, 450 Mass. 1010 (2007).
Elizabeth Dunn v. City of Boston, 75 Mass. App. Ct. 556 (2009).

EDUCATION

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law, 1999.

Law Clerk for the Honorable Margot Botsford, Massachusetts Superior Court.

A.B., Boston College, 1989.
Philosophy, Cum laude

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & SERVICE POSITIONS

Hearing Officer, Term: 2014-2016, Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers

Boston American Inn of Court, Master, (2010-2015); Barrister, (2005-2009)

Member of the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (October 2008-September 2010)

Member, Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Member, Massachusetts Bar Association

 

PRO BONO ACTIVITIES

Liz has volunteered her time to help young people learn about the court system and the law.  She volunteered for the Citizen Schools Project, 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2010; Boston Bar Association’s Law Day in the Boston Public Schools, 2009, and was a judge for the American Bar Association’s National Moot Court Trials Judge, in 2008 and 2009.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PUBLICATIONS

Panelist, Young Lawyers Division of Massachusetts Federal Bar Association, “Distinctions of Practice in Federal Court,” March 4, 2010.

Presenter, “Duty to Preserve Evidence & Litigation Holds,” City of Boston Law Department, March 2010.

Presenter, Assistant Corporation Counsel University, City of Boston Law Department, Electronic Evidence & Discovery, October 2009.

The Framework of Permissible Ex Parte Contact for Practitioners: The Scope of Mass. R. Prof. C. 4.2, Boston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter, April 2003.