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Elizabeth A.  Favaro

Elizabeth A. Favaro

Partner
Phone:248.205.3375
Fax:248.205.3399

Liza Favaro is a dynamic trial attorney defending corporations in product liability and consumer actions, including personal injury, commercial matters, and class action litigation.  With more than 11 years of courtroom experience, she has managed and tried litigation matters in a variety of disputes across the State of Michigan and the country, including in state and federal trial and appellate courts and arbitration proceedings.

Liza's practice is diverse.  Her product liability defense practice focuses on automobile manufacturers and suppliers, home improvement products and construction materials, and innovative products such as autonomous vehicle technology, medical devices, and wearable technology.  Liza’s practice extends to the defense of general and automobile negligence (car accident) cases and advice and counsel concerning regulatory compliance, particularly with respect to emerging legal issues.  Liza's consumer products clients rely on her to advise them on product warnings and packaging instructions.  Liza’s experience is rounded out with commercial litigation and executive employment matters, including non-compete agreements, trade secrets, insurance coverage, and franchise law.  She is a speaker and author on these and other business law matters.  

Liza is active on the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and in her local legal community. Before becoming an attorney, Liza was an investigative reporter and news anchor and received an Emmy Award for her outstanding work.  Liza resides in the Detroit area with her husband and two boys.




Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2006

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 2006

    magna cum laude

    Dean's List

    Western Michigan University Cooley Law Review; Assistant Editor

    National Moot Court

  • Colorado State University, B.A., 1999

Professional Associations

    • State Bar of Michigan
    • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel

Distinctions

    • DBusiness
      —Top Lawyer, 2017 — 2018
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Michigan Rising Stars, 2009 — 2015, 2017

Recent News, Events and Blogs


Speaking Engagements

  • “When the Price of Convenience is Surveillance: Commercial Implications of the Driver Privacy Act of 2015,” Presenter, DRI Annual Meeting, October 2018
  • “Bringing Your Whole Self to Work: the Law Firm Perspective,” Co-Presenter, ABA Diversity Caucus Luncheon, October 2018
  • "Strategies for Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Claims," Client Seminar, June 2018
  • "My Car Does What?” Elizabeth A. Favaro, Co-Presenter, Michigan Defense Trial Counsel Annual Meeting, June 2017
  • "Cyber Security/Hacking Issues with Vehicles: Safety Concerns, Liability Issues," ABA TIPS Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation, April 2017
  • "Nuts and Bolts of the Defend Trade Secrets Act," CLE International's Defend Trade Secrets Act Conference," February 2017

Publications

  • "Michigan Supreme Court Clarifies “Reasonably Foreseeable Misuse”,” Client Alert, June 2018
  • "Continued Covenant Fall-Out: Anti-Assignment Clauses Held,” Co Author, Client Alert, May 2018
  • "Newly-Minted "Defend Trade Secrets Act" Put to Test to Protect Autonomous Vehicle Technology," Co-Author, Client Alert, March 2017
  • "Legal Cheat Sheet: The Top 3 Legal Problems Small Business Owners Face and Tips for Solving Them," Focus on Small Business, Small Business Association of Michigan, January 2014