When Elyse Shimada sets a goal, she usually achieves it. A competitive runner and current member of the Capital Area Runners, she has run four marathons and won the Orange County Half-Marathon in 2011. Her competitive streak doesn’t stop with running, rather it has helped shape her approach to the practice of law. Ambitious and determined, Elyse is compelled to learn the facts behind a case better than anyone else involved, and takes pride in getting things done right. Meeting clients’ expectations is one thing, but Elyse always strives to exceed them.
While defending manufacturers in a wide range of products liability matters before state and federal courts across the country, Elyse works efficiently with many balls in the air, also handling insurance coverage matters, helping clients to recover against insurers for covered claims.
As an on-site member of multiple trial teams, Elyse has handled all aspects of trial preparation including pre-trial motions, legal research, witness preparation, and developing direct and cross-examination outlines and demonstratives. She has considerable experience in corporate defense and has helped prepare numerous corporate representatives for deposition and trial, as well as managed all aspects of the corporate document review and production process, and third-party discovery matters. As part of her practice, she has authored a wide variety of motions and briefs, including appellate briefs submitted in U.S. federal circuit courts.
Prior to joining Hollingsworth LLP, Elyse served as a law clerk to The Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler of the United States Court of Federal Claims. While there, she worked on government contract (bid protests), patent, and military pay cases, as well as takings claims, including a six-week trial of Starr International v. United States.
While at George Washington University Law School, Elyse was one of the Managing Editors of the Public Contract Law Journal and a member of the Mock Trial Board. She was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society while at the University of California, Irvine.
EducationGeorge Washington University Law School (J.D., 2014, cum laude) University of California, Irvine (B.A., 2010, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
- District of Columbia
- United States District Court for the Northern District of California
- United States Court of Federal Claims
- Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, Product Liability Litigation, 2024
- Super Lawyers Rising Star, Personal Injury-Products Defense, 2023
- “Wonderful Women”, Lawyers of Color, 2023
Insights & Events
Bloomberg Law: “Expert Evidence Rule Will Be Tool to Improve Scientific Testimony”news | November 27, 2023
Elyse Shimada Presents at IADC Webinar on Forthcoming Rule 702 Amendmentsnews | October 18, 2023
Lawyers of Color Names Elyse Shimada to Wonderful Women 2023news | September 10, 2023
Elyse Shimada Presents to National Foundation for Judicial Excellence on Rule 702 Amendmentsevent | July 23, 2023
Best Lawyers 2024 Recognizes Hollingsworth LLP Attorneysnews | August 17, 2023
Fifteen Hollingsworth LLP Attorneys Named to 2023 Super Lawyersnews | April 24, 2023
Elyse A. Shimada is Elected to the Firm Partership.news | January 1, 2021
Bloomberg BNA: Monsanto: Cancer Study Suppression is ‘Scientific Vandalism’news | June 16, 2017
Hollingsworth LLP represents Monsanto in In Re:Roundup Products Liability Litigation in the Northern District of California.