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Elizabeth Carver is the Leader of Bryan Cave’s Appellate Team and focuses her practice on appellate litigation in federal and state courts. She has successfully handled appeals in a wide variety of substantive areas, including employment, banking, class action, product liability, breach of contract, tort, and insurance matters. She has extensive experience representing defendants in appeals involving large punitive damage awards.

Ms. Carver has argued cases before the Eighth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Missouri Supreme Court, and the Eastern and Western Districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals.  She has briefed appeals in those courts and others, including the Fifth and Seventh Circuits, the Arkansas Supreme Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court. Ms. Carver has prepared amicus briefs on behalf of National Public Radio and the Product Liability Advisory Council, and has worked on a number of interlocutory appeals and extraordinary writ proceedings.

In addition, Ms. Carver regularly consults with trial counsel on legal issues such as dispositive motions, Daubert motions, and class action certification.  She also assists with trial preparation, including pre-trial motions and briefing, jury instructions, and preserving potential trial error for appeal, as well as post-trial briefing. Ms. Carver has conducted workplace investigations and advised clients on employment matters. 

 Ms. Carver graduated Order of the Coif from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law of the College of William and Mary, where she served as a Teaching Assistant for the Legal Writing Program.  She served as law clerk to the Hon. Floyd R. Gibson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1984 to 1986. In 1993-94 she spent a year in Kuwait preparing and filing claims with the United Nations Compensation Commission against Iraq on behalf of the State of Kuwait.

In 2014, Ms. Carver was elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of attorneys whose careers have demonstrated dedication to the legal profession’s highest principles. Membership in The Fellows is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. She is also a member of the Appellate Section of the American Bar Association and the Eighth Circuit Bar Association.  Ms. Carver chairs the Firm’s Tutoring Committee, which provides tutoring and other support to Sigel Elementary School in the St. Louis Public School District.

 

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice – St. Louis, 2010-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2005-2006, 2009-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2005-2006, 2009-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
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Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014
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Representative Experience

 

  • Sun Aviation, Inc. v. L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, Inc., 2017 WL 4930870, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Mo. 2017), reversal of judgment totaling more than $8,500,000 in actual damages and attorney’s fees against aircraft instrument manufacturer on statutory and tort claims arising from termination of distributorship.
  • The Renco Group, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, 362 S.W.3d 472 (Mo. App. 2012), reversal of summary judgment against successor corporation and its directors and officers in action seeking coverage under defendant insurers' occurrence-based liability insurance policies
  • First National Bank v. Ricon, 311 S.W.3d 857 (Mo. App. 2010), reversal of judgment totaling almost $800,000 in actual and punitive damages and attorney’s fees in favor of Bank’s former customer on slander-of-title claim
  • Koch Development Co. v. Clarendon America Insurance Co., 313 Fed. Appx. 928, 2009 WL 438224 (8th Cir. 2009), affirmance of summary judgment in favor of insurer in equitable garnishment action
  • Union Pacific Railroad v. Vickers, 2009 Ark. 259, 308 S.W.3d 573 (Ark. 2009), reversal of decision certifying plaintiff class of persons who had settled claims arising from train-crossing accidents; plaintiffs alleged that Union Pacific claims representatives had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in obtaining settlements
  • Boever v. Special School District of St. Louis County, 296 S.W.3d 487 (Mo. App. 2009), affirmance of dismissal, on grounds of immunity, of negligence claims against school district, teacher, and teacher’s aides
  • State ex rel. Coca-Cola Co. v. Nixon, 249 S.W.3d 855 (Mo. banc 2008), authored brief for Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. as amicus curiae in successful writ action reversing decision certifying plaintiff class in consumer class action against Coca-Cola Co.
  • First Union National Bank v. Pictet Overseas Trust Corp., Ltd., 477 F.3d 616 (8th Cir. 2007), reversal of summary judgment awarding in excess of $2 million to plaintiff, a dissenting shareholder, on breach of fiduciary duty claim against corporate trustee
  • Hess v. Chase Manhattan Bank USA, N.A., 220 S.W.3d 758 (Mo. banc 2007), obtained transfer to Missouri Supreme Court of Court of Appeals’ opinion holding that amendment to Missouri consumer statute could be applied retroactively to parties’ real estate transaction; Supreme Court held that punitive damages provision of amended statute could not be applied retroactively
  • Federer v. Gephardt, 363 F.3d 754 (8th Cir. 2004), affirmance of summary judgment in favor of Congressman Richard Gephardt on civil rights claims brought by former campaign opponent
  • Duncan v. General Motors Corp., 300 F.3d 928 (8th Cir. 2002), outright reversal of $1 million judgment on sexual harassment and constructive discharge claims
  • Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. v. American Winery, Inc., 257 F.3d 880 (8th Cir. 2001), affirmance of $2.6 million judgment in promissory note/breach of contract case
  • Knights of Ku Klux Klan v. Curators of University of Missouri, 203 F.3d 1085 (8th Cir. 2000), filed amicus brief for National Public Radio; position espoused in brief was adopted in Court’s opinion dismissing Klan’s claim alleging infringement of First Amendment rights
  • Stuart v. General Motors Corp., 217 F.3d 621 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual harassment case
  • Buettner v. Arch Coal Sales Co., Inc., 216 F.3d 707 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims

 

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Elizabeth Carver is a member of the Labor & Employment Group, focusing on appellate litigation. She has handled appeals in cases alleging gender and race discrimination; sexual harassment; retaliation; violations of the Equal Pay Act, 42 U.S.C. §1981 and ERISA; breach of contract; as well as a variety of common law and worker’s compensation claims. She has also defended gender, race and disability discrimination claims, as well as wrongful discharge matters, in trial courts. Ms. Carver served as law clerk to the Hon. Floyd R. Gibson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1984 to 1986. In 1993-94 she spent a year in Kuwait preparing claims against Iraq on behalf of the State of Kuwait, filed with the United Nations Compensation Commission.

Select Representations

  • Boever v. Special School District of St. Louis County, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2009 WL 3048892 (Mo. App. Sept. 22, 2009), affirmance of dismissal, on grounds of immunity, of negligence claims against school district, teacher, and teacher’s aides
  • Duncan v. General Motors Corp., 300 F.3d 928 (8th Cir. 2002), outright reversal of $1 million judgment on sexual harassment and constructive discharge claims
  • Stuart v. General Motors Corp., 217 F.3d 621 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual harassment case
  • Buettner v. Arch Coal Sales Co., Inc., 216 F.3d 707 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1985

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits

United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, Southern District of Illinois and Western District of Arkansas

Education

College of William and Mary, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1984

University of Notre Dame, B.A., with honors, 1981

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice – St. Louis, 2010-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2005-2006, 2009-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2005-2006, 2009-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
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Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014
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Representative Experience

  • The Renco Group, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, 362 S.W.3d 472, 2012 WL 925033 (Mo. App. March 20, 2012), reversal of summary judgment against successor corporation and its directors and officers in action seeking coverage under defendant insurers' occurrence-based liability insurance policies
  • First National Bank v. Ricon, 311 S.W.3d 857 (Mo. App. 2010), reversal of judgment totaling almost $800,000 in actual and punitive damages and attorney’s fees in favor of Bank’s former customer on slander-of-title claim
  • Koch Development Co. v. Clarendon America Insurance Co., 313 Fed. Appx. 928, 2009 WL 438224 (8th Cir. 2009), affirmance of summary judgment in favor of insurer in equitable garnishment action
  • Union Pacific Railroad v. Vickers, 2009 Ark. 259, 308 S.W.3d 573 (Ark. 2009), reversal of decision certifying plaintiff class of persons who had settled claims arising from train-crossing accidents; plaintiffs alleged that Union Pacific claims representatives had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in obtaining settlements
  • Boever v. Special School District of St. Louis County, 296 S.W.3d 487 (Mo. App. 2009), affirmance of dismissal, on grounds of immunity, of negligence claims against school district, teacher, and teacher’s aides
  • State ex rel. Coca-Cola Co. v. Nixon, 249 S.W.3d 855 (Mo. banc 2008), authored brief for Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. as amicus curiae in successful writ action reversing decision certifying plaintiff class in consumer class action against Coca-Cola Co.
  • First Union National Bank v. Pictet Overseas Trust Corp., Ltd., 477 F.3d 616 (8th Cir. 2007), reversal of summary judgment awarding in excess of $2 million to plaintiff, a dissenting shareholder, on breach of fiduciary duty claim against corporate trustee
  • Hess v. Chase Manhattan Bank USA, N.A., 220 S.W.3d 758 (Mo. banc 2007), obtained transfer to Missouri Supreme Court of Court of Appeals’ opinion holding that amendment to Missouri consumer statute could be applied retroactively to parties’ real estate transaction; Supreme Court held that punitive damages provision of amended statute could not be applied retroactively
  • Federer v. Gephardt, 363 F.3d 754 (8th Cir. 2004), affirmance of summary judgment in favor of Congressman Richard Gephardt on civil rights claims brought by former campaign opponent
  • Duncan v. General Motors Corp., 300 F.3d 928 (8th Cir. 2002), outright reversal of $1 million judgment on sexual harassment and constructive discharge claims
  • Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. v. American Winery, Inc., 257 F.3d 880 (8th Cir. 2001), affirmance of $2.6 million judgment in promissory note/breach of contract case
  • Knights of Ku Klux Klan v. Curators of University of Missouri, 203 F.3d 1085 (8th Cir. 2000), filed amicus brief for National Public Radio; position espoused in brief was adopted in Court’s opinion dismissing Klan’s claim alleging infringement of First Amendment rights
  • Stuart v. General Motors Corp., 217 F.3d 621 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual harassment case
  • Buettner v. Arch Coal Sales Co., Inc., 216 F.3d 707 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims
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Elizabeth Carver focuses her practice on appellate litigation in federal and state courts, with a particular emphasis in appellate issues pertaining to class actions. She has handled interlocutory appeals from class certification orders in both state and federal courts, as well as appeals from class-wide discovery orders and orders granting dispositive motions. She has argued cases before the Eighth Circuit, the Federal Circuit, the Missouri Supreme Court, and the Eastern and Western Districts of the Missouri Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Appellate Section of the American Bar Association. Ms. Carver served as law clerk to the Hon. Floyd R. Gibson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit from 1984 to 1986. In 1993-94 she spent a year in Kuwait preparing claims against Iraq on behalf of the State of Kuwait, filed with the United Nations Compensation Commission.

Select Representations

  • Union Pacific Railroad Co. v. Vickers, 2009 Ark. 259, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2009 WL 1272300 (Ark. 2009), reversing certification of plaintiff class of persons who had settled personal injury claims with Union Pacific arising from train-crossing accidents; plaintiffs alleged that railroad’s claims representatives had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in obtaining settlements
  • Audler v. CBC Innovis, Inc., 519 F.3d 239 (5th Cir. 2008), dismissing, for lack of standing, plaintiff’s appeal against client in putative defendant class action
  • First American Title Insurance Co. v. Raffone, 975 So. 2d 1196 (Fla. App. 1 Dist. 2008), granting petition for writ of certiorari and reversing order requiring pre-certification discovery of documents in possession of defendant title insurer and approximately 1,500 current and former independent agents
  • State ex rel. Coca-Cola Co. v. Nixon, 249 S.W.3d 855 (Mo. banc 2008), reversing certification of plaintiff class in consumer class action against Coca-Cola Co.; authored brief for Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. as amicus curiae in support of reversal
  • Barnett v. Ameren Corporation, 436 F.3d 836 (7th Cir. 2007), affirming summary judgment in favor of employer in putative class action alleging wrongful modification of retiree healthcare benefits
  • Cowen v. Bank United of Texas, FSB, 70 F.3d 937 (7th Cir. 1995), affirming summary judgment in favor of bank in putative class action alleging Truth in Lending Act violations
  • Member of consortium team, led by Bryan Cave and Price Waterhouse, preparing government claims submitted to the United Nations Compensation Commission on behalf of the State of Kuwait seeking reparation of damages arising from Iraqi invasion. Lead lawyer preparing claims for Ministry of Electricity and Water, Ministry of Public Works, Kuwait Airport, Ministry of Planning

Bar and Court Admissions

Missouri, 1985

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits

United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Missouri, Southern District of Illinois and Western District of Arkansas

Education

College of William and Mary, J.D., Order of the Coif, 1984

University of Notre Dame, B.A., with honors, 1981

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America©, Appellate Practice – St. Louis, 2010-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2005-2006, 2009-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Appellate, 2005-2006, 2009-2016
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
    • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers, Top 50 Women, 2011-2012
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Professional Affiliations

    • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2014
Read More

Representative Experience

  • The Renco Group, Inc. v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's, London, 362 S.W.3d 472, 2012 WL 925033 (Mo. App. March 20, 2012), reversal of summary judgment against successor corporation and its directors and officers in action seeking coverage under defendant insurers' occurrence-based liability insurance policies
  • First National Bank v. Ricon, 311 S.W.3d 857 (Mo. App. 2010), reversal of judgment totaling almost $800,000 in actual and punitive damages and attorney’s fees in favor of Bank’s former customer on slander-of-title claim
  • Koch Development Co. v. Clarendon America Insurance Co., 313 Fed. Appx. 928, 2009 WL 438224 (8th Cir. 2009), affirmance of summary judgment in favor of insurer in equitable garnishment action
  • Union Pacific Railroad v. Vickers, 2009 Ark. 259, 308 S.W.3d 573 (Ark. 2009), reversal of decision certifying plaintiff class of persons who had settled claims arising from train-crossing accidents; plaintiffs alleged that Union Pacific claims representatives had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in obtaining settlements
  • Boever v. Special School District of St. Louis County, 296 S.W.3d 487 (Mo. App. 2009), affirmance of dismissal, on grounds of immunity, of negligence claims against school district, teacher, and teacher’s aides
  • State ex rel. Coca-Cola Co. v. Nixon, 249 S.W.3d 855 (Mo. banc 2008), authored brief for Product Liability Advisory Council, Inc. as amicus curiae in successful writ action reversing decision certifying plaintiff class in consumer class action against Coca-Cola Co.
  • First Union National Bank v. Pictet Overseas Trust Corp., Ltd., 477 F.3d 616 (8th Cir. 2007), reversal of summary judgment awarding in excess of $2 million to plaintiff, a dissenting shareholder, on breach of fiduciary duty claim against corporate trustee
  • Hess v. Chase Manhattan Bank USA, N.A., 220 S.W.3d 758 (Mo. banc 2007), obtained transfer to Missouri Supreme Court of Court of Appeals’ opinion holding that amendment to Missouri consumer statute could be applied retroactively to parties’ real estate transaction; Supreme Court held that punitive damages provision of amended statute could not be applied retroactively
  • Federer v. Gephardt, 363 F.3d 754 (8th Cir. 2004), affirmance of summary judgment in favor of Congressman Richard Gephardt on civil rights claims brought by former campaign opponent
  • Duncan v. General Motors Corp., 300 F.3d 928 (8th Cir. 2002), outright reversal of $1 million judgment on sexual harassment and constructive discharge claims
  • Clearly Canadian Beverage Corp. v. American Winery, Inc., 257 F.3d 880 (8th Cir. 2001), affirmance of $2.6 million judgment in promissory note/breach of contract case
  • Knights of Ku Klux Klan v. Curators of University of Missouri, 203 F.3d 1085 (8th Cir. 2000), filed amicus brief for National Public Radio; position espoused in brief was adopted in Court’s opinion dismissing Klan’s claim alleging infringement of First Amendment rights
  • Stuart v. General Motors Corp., 217 F.3d 621 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual harassment case
  • Buettner v. Arch Coal Sales Co., Inc., 216 F.3d 707 (8th Cir. 2000), affirmance of summary judgment in sexual discrimination and Equal Pay Act claims