Elizabeth Prelogar is a Senior Counselor at the Department of Justice.
Elizabeth Prelogar previously was a partner at Cooley LLP, where her practice focused on Supreme Court and appellate litigation. Elizabeth has argued nine Supreme Court cases, briefed hundreds of cases at the merits and certiorari stage, and handled appeals in federal and state courts around the nation.
From 2014 to 2019, Elizabeth was an Assistant to the Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of Justice. In that role, she represented the United States in the Supreme Court and helped formulate the federal government's appellate strategy in lower courts. During her tenure in government service, Elizabeth was asked to serve on the Special Counsel’s Russia Investigation. As Assistant Special Counsel to Robert S. Mueller III, Elizabeth provided legal and strategic guidance on issues facing the investigative and trial teams as they conducted the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and obstruction-of-justice issues.
Before her time in government service, Elizabeth spent several years in private practice at Hogan Lovells, where she was an associate in the Supreme Court and Appellate Litigation group. In that role, Elizabeth briefed and argued cases in a variety of federal and state courts, including the Second and Sixth Circuits and the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division.
Before entering private practice, Elizabeth clerked for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She then completed consecutive Supreme Court clerkships for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Elena Kagan. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she was an Articles Editor on the Harvard Law Review. Elizabeth previously completed a master's degree in creative writing at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, earned her undergraduate degree in English and Russian from Emory University, and was a Fulbright Fellow in St. Petersburg, Russia.