Holtzman, Elizabeth

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Elizabeth Holtzman serves as the co-chair of Herrick's Government Relations Practice, concentrating her practice in government relations at the federal, state and local levels, and in litigation. She joined Herrick after 20 years in government. She served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and won national attention for her role on the House Judiciary committee during Watergate. She chaired the Immigration and Refugees Subcommittee and dealt directly with many foreign governments -- including Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam -- over refugee issues.

Liz was subsequently elected District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), the only woman ever elected DA in New York City, serving for eight years. As DA, she argued successfully before the United States Supreme Court, and pioneered new strategies for the prosecution of rape and environmental crimes. She led the effort to overturn law allowing blacks to be removed from juries.

Liz was also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City. She was responsible for the management of $50 billion in the city's five pension funds and the issuance of more than $20 billion in city debt. She invested the city's public funds in building thousands of units of affordable housing. A bill she authored as comptroller, which holds gun manufacturers liable for the injuries caused by illegal guns, was signed in to law 12 years later by Mayor Bloomberg. 

Liz was appointed by President Clinton to the Nazi and Japanese Imperial War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group, which is overseeing the declassification of the U.S. government's secret Nazi war crimes files. She was also appointed by New York State Bar Association President Mark H. Alcott to the Special Committee on the Civil Rights Agenda.

Liz has written many op-ed stories and has appeared on TV and in movies, including two Academy Award-winning documentaries, "Hotel Terminus" on Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie and "Women - for America, for the World" on nuclear disarmament.


Legal Education   Harvard University Law School, J.D., 1965
Undergraduate Education   Radcliffe College magna cum laude
Bar Admissions   New York, US Supreme Court, US Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Articles / Publications  

Interview with Elizabeth Holtzman, "Diversity Is Important To The Justice System And To Corporations," The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel, February, 2003

"Who Said It Would be Easy?" Arcade Press, 1996

"The Nuremberg Principles," in Nuremberg, Forty Years Later, McGill-Queen’s University Press 1995

Various op-ed pieces for newspapers including The New York Times

Practice Area
Government Relations, Litigation