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Elise  A. Ruff Winter


Commercial Litigation
Catastrophic Loss
Product Liability


Ms. Ruff Winter earned her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in 2018, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board.  While in law school, she was the Candidacy Editor for the Review of Intellectual Property Law . She was named to the Dean’s List in 2015. 

She graduated from Indiana University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Certificate in Political and Civic Engagement.



Ms. Ruff Winter was admitted to the Illinois bar in 2019 and to the following federal courts:
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 2021 
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois in 2021

Elise A. Ruff Winter

Senior Associate
Tel: 312-702-0584
Fax: 312-726-2273
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Ms. Ruff Winter is a Senior Associate who focuses her practice on the defense of commercial, construction, premises liability, product liability, and transportation claims.

Prior to joining Lipe Lyons, Elise worked for a Chicago-based civil litigation firm where her practice focused on medical malpractice, long-term care, and wrongful death claims. She has extensive experience with all aspects of litigation and has obtained positive results for her clients.  She also was also an intern for the Honorable Justice Robert E. Gordon, where she assisted in drafting opinions on a variety of legal issues.
Professional Activites/Recognitions:
  • Women’s Bar Association
  • International Society of Prmerus Lawyers
  • Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2021

Selected Publications and Presentations:
  • If the Shoe Fits: The Effects of a Uniform Copyright Design Test on Local Fashion Designers, 17 J Marshall Rev. Intell. Prop. L. 262 (2017)
  • Federal and State Regulations of Long-Term Care Facilities, Long-Term Care Litigation (IICLE, 2020)