EDUCATIONMs. Valtierra received her J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated cum laude. During her time in law school, Ms. Valtierra served as the President of the Women's Law Society and Secretary of the Intellectual Property Legal Society. Ms. Valtierra also took part in rigorous trial advocacy and appellate advocacy courses. Ms.Valtierra also competed in moot court competitions at the national level for the Colleage of Law. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science degree - Pre-Law and Minor in Philosophy of Law in May 2014.
ADMISSIONSMs. Valtierra was admitted to the Illinois bar in November, 2017.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2017.
U.S. District Court, Nebraska, 2019.
2021 Illinois Supers Lawyers ListFebruary 4, 2021
The firm is pleased to announce that name partners Jeffrey H. Lipe, Raymond Lyons, Jr. and Edward J. Murphy and partner James H. Whalen have been named to the 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers List published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine, a publication from Thomson Reuters and the publishers of Chicago magazine. These lawyers have been recognized per below:Jeffrey H. Lipe (civil litigation, construction litigation)
Raymond Lyons, Jr. (personal injury - products, general litigation, construction litigation)
Edward J. Murphy (personal injury - products, insurance coverage, class action/mass torts)
James H. Whalen (business litigation, construction litigation, personal injury – products)
Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multi-stage process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. All candidates are evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Each year, lawyers are invited to nominate the top attorneys they have personally observed in action. Researchers then evaluate candidates based on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Candidates are then grouped according to their primary practice areas and final selections are made by special review panels composed of leading lawyers in each state.
In addition, partner Jordan Tank, and associates Alejandra Barcenas, Sarah Bourdet, John Dark, Ryan Eckert and Elaina Valtierra have been named to the 2021 Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers, which is also published in the most recent issue of Super Lawyers Magazine. The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Illinois are named to the Rising Stars list. These attorneys were recognized as Rising Stars in the following fields:
Jordan M. Tank (business litigation, personal Injury - general, professional liability, appellate, construction litigation)
Alejandra Barcenas (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - general, business litigation)
Sarah Bourdet (construction litigation)
John Dark (civil litigation)
Ryan Eckert (civil litigation)
Elaina Valtierra (civil litigation, construction litigation, personal injury - medical malpractice, personal injury - products, professional liability)
Anniversary of Elaina ValtierraJanuary 7, 2021
Lipe Lyons is delighted to celebrate Elaina R. Valtierra’s third anniversary with the firm. Ms. Valtierra is a litigation associate who focuses her practice on the defense of premise liability, construction liability, transportation liability, and product liability claims. Just a few of Ms. Valtierra’s many successes in the past year are highlighted below:
- Succeeded on four dispositive motions objecting to the court’s personal jurisdiction in a products liability case;
- Settled a complex construction liability claim weeks prior to trial, securing a settlement for a small percentage of Plaintiffs’ initial $16 million demand;
- Participating in the Illinois Defense Counsel Diversity and Inclusivity Committee’s panel discussion: “Diverse Thoughts on Diversity.”
Ms. Valtierra is an active member in a number of professional and civic organizations. Ms. Valtierra was selected to represent Lipe Lyons at the International Society of Primerus Law Firms' 2019 Global Conference in San Diego, California and the 2020 Young Lawyers Society Conference in Coral Gables, Florida. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Additional information on Ms. Valtierra’s experience and her exceptional results can be found in the attorney section of our website.
Lipe Lyons Women Attorneys to Join Rotating Cast of Female Neutrals from ADR to Discuss Impact of COVID-19 on Women Lawyers
July 13, 2020
On August 13, 2020, partner Amanda L. Zink, and associates Elaina Valtierra, Alejandra Barcenas, Sahrish Moyeed and Sarah Bourdet will join a rotating cast of female neutrals from ADR Systems, including Hon. Helaine L. Berger, (Ret.), Hon. Lisa R. Curcio, (Ret.), Amy L. Gertler, Esq., Hon. Kay M. Hanlon, (Ret.) and Hon. Brigid M. McGrath, (Ret.) for a virtual Happy Hour and Networking Discussion regarding the impact of COVID-19 on women lawyers. Topics will include how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted female attorneys’ ability to network, stretched their abilities as working professionals, and challenged them to serve their clients in new and remote ways.
Valtierra Joins the Firm as an Associate AttorneyFebruary 7, 2018