Elisa Beneze is an associate in the firm's litigation group, with a focus on antitrust litigation. She has represented clients in matters involving merger litigation against the Department of Justice and private Robinson-Patman Act and Sherman Act litigation. She also has experience representing clients in antitrust leniency applications before the Department of Justice and merger advocacy before the Federal Trade Commission. She also has experience in civil RICO litigation, shareholder litigation, and internal investigations. Ms. Beneze has represented pro bono clients in petitions for actual innocence, landlord-tenant disputes, and represented indigent defendants facing criminal charges.
While in law school, Ms. Beneze interned with the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois and with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Prior to law school, Ms. Beneze served as the Confidential Staff Assistant to the United States Special Counsel and was a Project Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. During law school, Ms. Beneze served as Editor-in-Chief for the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. She also provided legal assistance to veterans through the Medical Legal Partnership Clinic in coordination with the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital.
- Zydus in Takeda v. Zydus, an action brought in New Jersey federal court alleging sham litigation in violation of Section 2 of the Sherman Act.
- HLA in Satnam Distributors, Inc. v. Commonwealth-Altadis et al., an antitrust action brought by Satnam Distributors; received dismissal of Sherman Act Section 1 and 2 claims.
- Eaton Corporation in Ryder Truck Rental, Inc. v. Eaton Corporation, in action alleging monopolization, exclusionary conduct, fraud, unfair competition, and unjust enrichment brought in the Southern District of Florida; settlement agreement reached during motion to dismiss stage.
- Starz and its board of directors in a shareholder class action arising from the Lions Gate-Starz merger, alleging breaches of fiduciary duty and seeking over $1 billion in damages.
- Waste Management of Louisiana in a suit against competitors for violation of civil RICO statute, based on alleged bribes paid by a competitor to various public officials in Louisiana for purposes of disadvantaging rival waste disposal competitors.
Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law