Lizzie was born in Hermann Hospital, the youngest of three sisters. After graduating from St. John’s School, she went to Kenyon College in Ohio, where she earned highest honors in History and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1997. After college, Lizzie worked for several years—including four at Houston’s Alley Theatre—before earning a fellowship to attend William & Mary Law School in Virginia. In law school, she was elected editor-in-chief of the William and Mary Law Review and graduated in 2006. Lizzie’s legal career began in 2006 at Vinson & Elkins, an international law firm founded in Houston more than 100 years ago. A few years later, she joined Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing (AZA), a 50-person firm based in Houston that focuses on high-stakes business litigation. Lizzie became the firm’s first woman partner in 2015. For years, Lizzie has worked for real Houstonians, with real problems, who need common-sense solutions—not platitudes, theories, or empty promises. As a co-founder of Planned Parenthood Young Leaders in the year 2000, Lizzie helped recruit a new generation of leaders for this crucial community partner. As a volunteer lawyer, she helped Texas Appleseed with critical research for dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline. As a Board Member of Writers in the Schools (WITS) and Open Dance Project, Lizzie is helping young Houstonians find their voices. Lizzie is committed to Houston and the people who live here. She is also committed to working to ensure that this community’s core values—inclusion, innovation, and working together—result in progress, equality, and opportunity for all Americans.
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