Liz Lopez is of counsel in the Washington, D.C., office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and is a member of the firm’s Governmental Services Department and Global Services Practice Group. She advises clients on government relations and legal matters.
Ms. Lopez develops and communicates clients’ policy positions to members of Congress, administration officials and foreign government representatives. She has worked with House and Senate leadership, and works closely with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Ms. Lopez also builds, develops, and enhances coalitions with trade associations and national organizations to achieve clients’ business objectives. Her work on behalf of clients includes areas such as appropriations, education, employment, financial services, food safety regulations, healthcare, immigration, Native Americans, taxes, trade, and telecommunications, among numerous other issues.
Ms. Lopez counsels foreign and domestic clients on international trade regulatory matters involving antidumping and countervailing duty orders and customs and import compliance. She advises clients on export control and national security implications on mergers and acquisitions, including voluntary filings before the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS).
Ms. Lopez is a prominent political strategist and has been featured on national political shows on radio and television, including BBC, CNN, CNN en Español, NBC, NTN 24, Univision, Telemundo, and Voice of America.
In 2012, Ms. Lopez was selected by the U.S. Department of State to participate in its international outreach program surrounding the 2012 Presidential Elections and the U.S. Electoral Process. She travelled to Colombia, Ecuador, and Paraguay as part of a bipartisan State Department delegation. Ms. Lopez shared her perspective as a Democratic strategist and engaged a broad audience of students, political and business leaders, and numerous media outlets.
Ms. Lopez has been recognized as a national leader and been selected as one of seven attorneys nationwide to receive the Hispanic National Bar Association’s (HNBA) prestigious Top Lawyers Under Forty Award; as one of 15 Hispanic leaders nationwide for a fellowship program sponsored by the Fundacion Carolina; as one of 50 lawyers selected to participate in the HNBA and Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Latina Executive Leadership Program; and an American Bar Association (ABA) diversity fellow scholar.
Ms. Lopez currently serves on the board of the Hispanic Leaders Association (2012-2013). She has held numerous other elected leadership positions, including HNBA National Vice President of Membership (2010-2012), HNBA National Vice President of External Affairs (2008-2010), HNBA Regional President (2006-2008), Hispanic Lobbyists Association Board Member (2008-2009), and Hispanic Bar Association of D.C. Board Member (2006-2007).
Ms. Lopez has more than 10 years of public and private sector experience. She served as a prosecutor with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts and counsel to Fortune 500 companies at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Ms. Lopez worked for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Lopez is fluent in Spanish.
Ms. Lopez graduated with an A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1997, and earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2000. She is admitted to practice in the states of Massachusetts and New York, and in the District of Columbia. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.