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Elizabeth Sacksteder

Lecturer in Law

Elizabeth Sacksteder

Lecturer in Law

A partner in the Paul Weiss Litigation Department, Elizabeth Sacksteder is a senior litigator with a broad range of experience in both private practice and senior in-house roles, and a particular concentration in financial services. She has handled major class action litigation involving antitrust, securities, commodities, consumer fraud, unfair trade practices and other claims; commercial litigation of all kinds; regulatory investigations and hearings; insurance and reinsurance disputes, both litigated and arbitrated; and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy.

Liz is the former Deputy General Counsel and Global Head of Litigation and Regulatory Investigations at Citigroup Inc., where she managed a 250-person worldwide litigation and investigative team and advised Citigroup and its board on every aspect of their litigation and regulatory exposures. During her tenure at Citigroup, she supervised multibillion-dollar litigations and high-stakes regulatory and criminal investigations, many involving multiple jurisdictions. Prior to joining Citigroup, Liz was the Deputy General Counsel and Director of Litigation at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., where she was second in command in a 400-person law department. She was responsible for a 60-lawyer litigation group, all litigation and pre-litigation counseling involving the holding company and the group’s property-casualty, life and asset accumulation businesses, and supervision of the Reinsurance Law and Investment Law groups. Before joining The Hartford, Liz was a litigation partner in private practice representing clients in financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing, entertainment and other industries.

Liz is a member of the Commercial Division Advisory Council established in 2013 by then-Chief Judge Lippman to advise the Chief Judge on all matters pertaining to the Commercial Division of the New York State Supreme Court. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia Law School, most recently teaching Advanced Civil Procedure.

Liz is a recipient of the Arthur Liman Public Interest Award from the Legal Action Center (2012) and the Human Relations Award from the New York Lawyers Division of the Anti-Defamation League (2013). She serves as a member of the board of the Legal Action Center (2013-present), and she is a former court-appointed mediator for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She was the Coordinating Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Liz received her A.B from Princeton in 1980 and summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She has a J.D. from the Yale Law School in1988.


S. Advanced Civil Procedure: Scholarly and Lawyerly Perspectives