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Elizabeth Paukstis
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Elizabeth Paukstis represents individuals who have experienced discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment, and other injustices in the workplace. Prior to joining Bernabei & Kabat in 2020, Ms. Paukstis served as an Attorney at the Alden Law Group, where she represented federal employees in employment discrimination claims. Before that, Ms. Paukstis served as an attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where she authored investigative reports on criminal justice, voting rights, and employment discrimination. She also represented incarcerated clients in class action lawsuits at the ACLU National Prison Project.

Ms. Paukstis graduated from Georgetown University Law School in 2016, where she received recognition for Exceptional Pro Bono Service. During law school, she served as a law clerk at the ACLU National Prison Project, the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Prior to law school, Ms. Paukstis worked as a policy analyst and editor for the Texas State Legislature. Earlier in her career, she worked as a writer and editor for the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR).

Ms. Paukstis received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from New York University, where she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She also holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Ms. Paukstis is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia. 

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistleblower Protection


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Current Employment Position

  • Associate

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 2018


  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. - 2016
  • New York University, New York, New York
    • B.A.
    • Major: Political Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Assn., 2019
  • National Employment Law Association, 2019

Honors and Awards

  • Graduation Recognition for Exceptional Pro Bono Service, Georgetown Univ Law Center

Past Employment Positions

  • Alden Law Group, Attorney, 2019 to 2020
  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Attorney, 2018 to 2019


  • English