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Elizabeth K. Ainslie

T 215-751-2359

    Named one of "America's Top 50 Women Litigators" by The National Law Journal, Elizabeth Ainslie has tried more than 75 cases to verdict and conducted innumerable evidentiary hearings, sentencings, oral arguments and arbitrations.

    From 1979 to 1984, Ms. Ainslie was a federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, serving as the chief of the Fraud Section during 1983 to 1984. After leaving the U.S. Attorney's office, Ms. Ainslie worked for 15 years at a law firm she founded, and since 1999, she has been at Schnader. She is on the roster of neutral arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association.

    Ms. Ainslie has been handling settlement conferences for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas for over 20 years. She has served as a paid arbitrator on several occasions and has been first-chair in two International Chamber of Commerce arbitrations.



    • Harvard Law School, LL.B.
    • Smith College, B.A., magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Pennsylvania
    • Massachusetts

    Professional Affiliations

    Ms. Ainslie has taught in trial practice courses at Harvard Law School, the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, the Academy for Advocacy and Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law. She spent a semester recently at Cornell Law School as its Distinguished Practitioner in Residence.

    Other Distinctions

    • Ms. Ainslie has been included annually in The Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2016.
    • Ms. Ainslie is a "Pennsylvania Super Lawyer," one of the top lawyers (male and female) in the state, 2004-2015.
    • Ms. Ainslie is a former member of the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
    • Ms. Ainslie is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as chair of its Federal Criminal Rules Committee. She is also a past Pennsylvania State Chair of the College.
    • Ms. Ainslie is listed in Chambers USA as among the top practitioners in general commercial litigation in Pennsylvania, 2009-2015.
    • Ms. Ainslie is a member of The American Law Institute (ALI).
    • Ms. Ainslie was named Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at Cornell Law School, 2009.
    • Rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®