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Elizabeth Hopkins

U.S. Department of Labor
Counsel for Appellate and Special Litigation, Division of Plan Benefits Security
Washington, DC, USA

Elizabeth Hopkins

As counsel for Appellate and Special Litigation in the Plan Benefits Security, Ms. Hopkins oversees the ERISA amicus programs and, along with her co-counsel, supervises all appellate briefs filed by the PBS Division of the Solicitor's Office. Over the years she has briefed and argued dozens of cases in the federal and state court across the country and been involved in briefing cases in the Supreme Court, including in Moran v. Rush Prudential, Egelhoff v. Egelhoff, Unum v. Ward, Harris Trust v. Salomon Bros., and John Hancock v. Harris Trust.  More recently, Ms. Hopkins drafted the government's briefs in the Supreme Court on ERISA standing and remedies in LaRue v. Dewolff, on standard of review in MetLife v. Glenn, on attorneys' fees in Hardt v. Reliance Standard, and on deference to plan administrators in Conkright v. Frommert.  Ms. Hopkins also has supervised the Department of Labor's amicus briefing on many other important ERISA issues, including subrogation (which culminated in the Supreme Court's decision in Sereboff), and former employee standing, in which the Department received favorable decisions in every circuit in which the issue has been briefed. Ms. Hopkins is a frequent speaker at conferences and teaches numerous classes each year on ERISA topics and appellate brief writing and advocacy. 


Ms. Hopkins attended college at the University of Arizona, where she received a decree in English and Asian studies, graduating with high distinction. She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.


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