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Elaina  R. Valtierra

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EDUCATION

Ms. 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.

ADMISSIONS

Ms. 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.

Elaina R. Valtierra
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CONTACT INFORMATION
Tel: 312-234-0435
Fax: 312-726-2273
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  • The Religious and Charitable Risk Pooling Trust of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and Affiliates, et al. v. Henry Bros. Construction Management Services, LLC
    January 29, 2020

    Lipe Lyons defended its client against subrogation claims where Plaintiffs sought damages following an explosion at their property. Lipe Lyons secured a dismissal for its client.

  • Romanski v. Beslow
    April 10, 2019

    Lipe Lyons achieved a successful settlement on behalf of their client just days before trial. The plaintiff filed suit against her relative for a dog bite injury she sustained while entering the relative’s home, alleging the relative was in violation of the Illinois Animal Control Act. The plaintiff allegedly suffered extensive damages, including severe facial lacerations and a leg wound. As a result, Plaintiff demanded $2.5 million. After fact discovery was completed, the remaining pivotal issue was whether the relative’s dog was sufficiently provoked by the plaintiff at the time of the attack. Lipe Lyons obtained a seasoned and well-renowned animal behaviorist expert from Portland, Oregon to evaluate the dog. When the expert was deposed, he testified to the dog’s psychological and behavioral propensities, opining that he was likely provoked by the plaintiff’s actions when entering her relative’s home. These expert opinions aided in negotiations, and the parties settled one week before trial for $450,000.

     

  • Meyer et al. v Currie Tech Corp., et al.
    April 8, 2019

    Lipe Lyons attorneys settled a complex product liability case pending in Omaha, Nebraska days before trial for a small percentage of the plaintiffs’ initial $29 million demand. One of the plaintiffs had purchased an e-bike conversion kit that added a 500-watt motor to his 30-year-old bicycle. He installed the kit himself. Shortly after the installation he was thrown from the bicycle and onto his head in an unwitnessed accident. He alleged the accident caused a traumatic brain injury that prevented him from continuing his successful practice as a psychiatrist. His wife also sought damages for loss of consortium. The plaintiffs alleged strict liability, negligence, res ipsa loquitur, and breach of warranties. Defendants argued that the conversion kit was properly designed, manufactured, and accompanied by sufficient documentation, and that the plaintiff negligently installed the kit on his bicycle.

  • Schmid v. Krupp et al.

    Lipe Lyons obtained summary judgment, and the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed, for a law firm and its attorney in a legal malpractice claim involving numerous liaiblity and damages issues. The plaintiff filed suit against his former attorneys alleging they failed to exercise reasonable care in relation to a divorce trial. The plaintiff claimed the defendants were negligent in not offering medical testimony regarding the former spouse’s medical condition that prevented her from working, and economic testimony regarding the coal industry and the plaintiff's alleged inability to secure employment as an engineer who specialized in the construction of coal-fired powerplants. The plaintiff also made several complicated arguments regarding his damages and the way that defendants' alleged negligence impacted how much he had to pay his former spouse. After three years of discovery, the Illinois Appellate Court agreed with the trial court that there was no question of fact that the plaintiff could not meet his burden of proof on any of his claims.

  • Sac v. Kellermeyer Bergensons Services, LLC
    November 12, 2018

    Lipe Lyons defended a premises liability action where the plaintiff sought damages following a slip and fall. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the defendant with prejudice after Lipe Lyons filed its dispositive motion.

     

  • Meyer et al. v. Currie Tech Corp., et al.
    2019

    Lipe Lyons attorneys settled a complex product liability case pending in Omaha, Nebraska days before trial for a small percentage of the plaintiffs’ initial $29 million demand. One of the plaintiffs had purchased an e-bike conversion kit that added a 500-watt motor to his 30-year-old bicycle. He installed the kit himself. Shortly after the installation he was thrown from the bicycle and onto his head in an unwitnessed accident. He alleged the accident caused a traumatic brain injury that prevented him from continuing his successful practice as a psychiatrist. His wife also sought damages for loss of consortium. Plaintiffs alleged strict liability, negligence, res ipsa loquitur, and breach of warranties. Defendants argued that the conversion kit was properly designed, manufactured, and accompanied by sufficient documentation, and that the plaintiff negligently installed the kit on his bicycle.

  • Bailey v. Clark Construction v. F.E. Moran
    2019

    Lipe Lyons successfully settled a complex construction liability claim in Cook County, Illinois weeks prior to trial. The plaintiff worked as a pipefitter and became injured on the worksite. The plaintiff sustained permanent bilateral knee and hip injuries. Lipe Lyons secured a settlement for its client for a small percentage of Plaintiffs’ initial $16 million demand.