Elizabeth Ernest


  • JD, University of North Carolina, 2022

  • BS, Finance and Marketing, University of South Carolina, 2016

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Middle District of Florida


Elizabeth is an associate in the Tampa office with a practice concentration in media and communications law, including defamation, First Amendment, and access to public records and open courts. She also focuses on business litigation and intellectual property matters, including the registration and litigation of trademarks.

As the daughter of a career journalist, I have so much respect for the challenging and often undervalued work our clients do. A free press is even more important now than ever, and I’m honored to be able to help support it.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 2022. While in law school, Elizabeth worked as a legal intern for the North Carolina Poverty Research Fund and for the Office of Senator Jay Chaudhuri, and counseled clients of the Intellectual Property Clinic on trademark matters. She also worked as a summer associate at the firm.

While pursuing her law degree, Elizabeth authored a number of publications featured in the First Amendment Law Review and the UNC Festival of Legal Learning. She also served as the Editor-in-Chief of Volume 20 of the First Amendment Law Review.

Prior to attending law school, Elizabeth served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, where she wrote and managed federal grant projects and facilitated technical trainings and development projects.