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Kristen-Elise F. DePizzo

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Kristen-Elise is an associate in Benesch’s Litigation Practice Group. She concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation. Kristen-Elise’s practice has focused on preparing cases for trial, which has enabled her to be a part of teams that assisted clients in resolving disputes in various securities, breach of contract, reinsurance and employment matters. She has also assisted clients in defending against regulatory investigations and conducting internal investigations, including in the employment and merger contexts.

Some of her recent work includes:

  • Defending a large financial institution in a large securities class-action lawsuit arising from the financial crisis.
  • Defending pharmaceutical companies in securities cases arising out of alleged misstatements relating to potential side effects of drugs.
  • Defending a media and entertainment company in class actions alleging violations of state and federal employment law.
  • Working in conjunction with other joint defense firms to obtain on behalf of defendant banks a dismissal of a consolidated class action alleging that major global financial institutions conspired to manipulate prices in the multitrillion-dollar global market for supranational, sub-sovereign and agency bonds.
  • Participating in expert discovery and trial preparation to defend a financial institution against allegations of breach of fiduciary duties, which were ultimately dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Representing a mid-sized private equity firm in a breach of contract dispute in Delaware Chancery Court, from drafting of the complaint to successful mediation.

Kristen-Elise has maintained an avid pro bono practice, during which she tried a Section 1983 case before a jury on behalf of a plaintiff and represented various individuals in family court proceedings.

*Admitted to practice in New York only. Not yet admitted to practice in Ohio.


    • University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2011, J.D.
      • magna cum laude
      • Order of the Coif
      • University of Pennsylvania Law Review
      • The C. Edwin Baker Award for Excellence in Advancing Social Justice
    • Yale University, 2008, B.A. Political Science, with distinction in the major
      • Phi Beta Kappa

    • New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

    • Law Clerk for the Honorable James S. Gwin, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2013-2014