Attorney Christine T. Elzer has a wide range of experience in employment litigation and counseling. She regularly presents on advanced employment law topics to local and national audiences of attorneys for the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI). Her writing on employment law issues has been published by PBI, NELA, The Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law, The University of Pittsburgh Law Review, and The Pittsburgh Business Times.
In an era when only about 2% of civil cases make it to trial, Christine stands out as an experienced trial lawyer. She was recently elected to membership in the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, a prestigious group of "civil trial lawyers who have exhibited excellence and the highest level of ethical standards and professionalism." The Academy undertakes a rigorous selection process and caps membership at 250 attorneys. Christine has also completed NELA's Trial Boot Camp, an intense three-day seminar taught by some of the best employee-side trial lawyers in the country, which culiminates in a mock trial of a real employment case.
Ms. Elzer is heavily involved in the workers' rights legal community. She has served on the Executive Board of NELA since July 2020, as the only attorney from Western Pennsylvania on this national Board. She is the Chair of the Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association (WPELA), a NELA affiliate. She has been a member of NELA's Judicial Nominations Committee since 2014, and worked on NELA's Annual Convention Committee in 2020 and 2021.
Christine is also a trained mediator, and is active in the Western Pennsylvania mediation community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania, where she serves as its first Information Officer. She appears on the approved list of neutrals for the Western District of Pennsylvania's ADR program. She has spoken to audiences several times on Early Neutral Evaluation (ENE) as a form of alternative dispute resolution. She also provides mediation services pro bono for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. Additionally, she serves as a mediator and arbitrator for Allegheny County's Housing Court, and as an arbitrator for Allegheny County's arbitration program.
Ms. Elzer has been selected as a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for twelve consecutive years. This honor is awarded to no more than 2.5% of the attorneys in the state. She has a perfect rating on Avvo.com, where her clients have described her as "a knowledgeable attorney who has your best interest at heart,” and whose “professionalism and attention to detail is extremely meticulous.”
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2008
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, 2005
Majors: Sociology and Spanish
Certificate: Latin American Studies
Western Pennsylvania Employment Lawyers Association: Chair
National Employment Lawyers Association: Executive Board Member
Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania: Information Officer
NELA-Eastern Pennsylvania: Member
Allegheny County Bar Association: Member, Labor and Employment Section
Pennsylvania Super Lawyers: Rising Star, 2011-2022