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.


George Washington University Law School (J.D., 2014, cum laude) University of California, Irvine (B.A., 2010, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


U.S. Court of Federal Claims, The Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler


  • District of Columbia
  • California
  • 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 and 2024
  • “Wonderful Women”, Lawyers of Color, 2023


Insights & Events

Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit organization committed to supporting diversity in the legal industry and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities, has named firm partner Elyse Shimada to its inaugural Wonderful Women list. Those named…
Congratulations to the following Firm attorneys named to Best Lawyers for 2024. Best Lawyers in America William J. Cople III, Litigation-Construction Matthew J. Malinowski, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions-Defendants Donald R. McMinn, Insurance Law; Litigation-Insurance…
The Firm congratulates fifteen attorneys named as 2023 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for Washington, DC. The annual publication lists the top five percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers through a…
We are delighted to announce that Elyse Shimada has become a partner of the Firm.  Ms. Shimada defends manufacturers in a wide range of products liability matters before state and federal courts across the country.  She…