Overview

Elsa Bullard leads clients through business litigation matters, especially environmental litigation, defense of consumer claims and contract disputes. She assists clients in a variety of industries, including the transportation industry, where she advises on cutting-edge issues related to autonomous vehicles (AVs).

Environmental Litigation

Elsa has assisted clients in major environmental matters involving perfluorochemicals (PFCs), oil spills and other alleged environmental damages. In the courtroom, she is skilled at cross-examining plaintiffs’ experts on complex scientific issues. When environmental disputes settle, Elsa has experience developing strategy, negotiating and overseeing large settlements.

Consumer and Commercial Litigation

Elsa’s business litigation experience also includes:

  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) litigation
  • Trade secrets litigation
  • Contract disputes

Elsa is a keen strategist who develops case approach and merits arguments. She also designs and oversees discovery plans that help clients manage the cost and burden of discovery. Elsa has written and successfully argued dispositive motions. Elsa also represents clients during arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, and she has first-chaired a TCPA arbitration.

Past Experience

Prior to law school, Elsa served in the U.S. Army, leading a platoon in Germany and Kosovo and later serving as a Company Commander in South Korea.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Clerkships

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, Hon. Joan N. Ericksen, 2011-2012

Education

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Minnesota Law Review (Managing Editor and Social Chair) (2011)

United States Military Academy at West Point
B.S. distinguished graduate, Regimental Commander (2000)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Business Torts: A Fifty-State Guide
    Contributing Editor, 2017 edition
  • Insufficient Government Protection: The Inescapable Element in Domestic Violence Asylum Cases
    Minnesota Law Review, Vol. 95

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Elsa is a member of a litigation team defending a death row inmate in his post-conviction appeal and habeas corpus petition.
  • During law school and as a summer associate at Faegre Baker Daniels, she represented clients seeking asylum and other immigration relief. She was also a volunteer intern with The Advocates for Human Rights in Minneapolis.

Professional Associations

  • Federal Bar Association — Minnesota Chapter (Director, 2014-present)

Civic Activities

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Minnesota Chapter — Board Member, 2017-present (Executive Committee); JDRF One Walk (Co-Chair, 2018)
  • West Point Society of Minnesota — Minnesota Student Leadership Seminar (Chair, 2014-15)

Honors

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Rising Stars, 2018-19
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
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