Elizabeth M. Ebanks

Shareholder Richmond

Elizabeth Ebanks is a Shareholder in the Richmond office of Ogletree Deakins where she focuses her practice on employment litigation and employment counseling. Ms. Ebanks has significant experience litigating discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims in federal and state courts and before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Employment Commissions. Elizabeth also regularly assists and defends employers against wage and hour claims, audits, and Department of Labor investigations.

Elizabeth counsels employers, conducts harassment and discrimination investigations, and drafts and reviews employment contracts and handbooks. She also prosecutes and defends numerous employers against former employees for breach of contract claims as well as seeking or defending injunctions and damages for non-compete, trade secret, business conspiracy, and breach of loyalty violations. Ms. Ebanks' dual Master of Business Administration and law degree gives her the unique ability to understand her clients' legal issues and business needs simultaneously.

Ms. Ebanks was named among Virginia Business magazine's "Legal Elite" in 2010, 2011, 2014 and 2015. She was also honored as a Virginia Super Lawyers 'Rising Star' in employment litigation defense and labor and employment from 2010 through 2016 and as a District of Columbia Super Lawyers 'Rising Star' in labor and employment in 2013.

Active in her community, she serves on the board of HomeAgain - a Virginia nonprofit organization that provides emergency and transitional shelter, as well as programs that build skills for self-sufficiency, to local homeless families and individuals. She was part of the Legal Aid Justice Center's Pro Bono Housing Dispute Project from 2006-2011; and on the American Red Cross' Leadership Development Council from 2008-2009.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Class of Fellows (2014)
  • National Employment Law Council (Services Committee Member, 2012-present)
  • Virginia Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section Council, Young Lawyers Liaison, 2008-present; Chair, Young Lawyers Divisions Ask-A-Lawyer Pro-Bono Initiative, 2010-present; Executive Committee Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2012-present)
  • Richmond Bar Association (Executive Committee Member, Young Lawyers Division, 2007-2010; Executive Committee Secretary, Young Lawyers Section, 2010)
  • Old Dominion Bar Association (Vice President, 2008-2009)
  • Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American Inn of Court Member (2008-2009)


  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies - ''FLSA Flubs and Fumbles: A Study Group on Wage and Hour Missteps (and How to Avoid Them in Your Workplace)'' - Chicago - May 2016
  • Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), National Capital Region - ''Effective Workplace Investigations'' - Richmond - December 2015
  • ACC, WMACCA Chapter - ''FMLA, ADA, or Both, An In-depth Overview'' - Richmond - December 2014
  • ACC, WMACCA Chapter - ''Hot Topics in the New Era of Employment Law Litigation'' - Richmond - October 2013
  • Virginia Bar Association 43rd Annual Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law - ''How to Avoid the Riptide of Retaliation Claims'' - Virginia Beach - October 2013
  • National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference - ''Employment Law Update'' - Dana Point - February 2013
  • American Bar Association Labor & Employment Annual Conference - ''How to Handle Written Discovery and Discovery Disputes Without Undue Cost and Delay'' - Seattle - November 2011
  • National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference - ''Navigating the Employment Laws that Affect Your Bottom Line'' - San Diego - February 2010
  • American Bar Association Annual Meeting - ''Expansive New Developments in ADA and FMLA'' - Chicago - July 2009
  • National Bar Association Corporate Counsel Conference - ''Prepare Your Company for the New Legal Horizon'' - New Orleans - February 2009
  • Legal Information Network for Cancer, Representing Clients with Cancer - ''Medical and Employment Issues, Maintaining a Job: FMLA and ADA'' - Richmond - May 2007
  • Lorman Seminar, Advanced Topics in the Family and Medical Leave Act in Virginia - ''Employees on the Cusp: Dealing with Difficult Eligibility Issues'' - Roanoke - September 2006


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