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Devaney, Elizabeth

Elizabeth M. Devaney

Of Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 713 221 7014, Direct Fax: +1 713 221 7100
Tel: +1 713 221 7000 Fax: +1 713 221 7100

Liz Devaney is Of Counsel in Quinn Emanuel’s Houston office.  She joined the firm’s Houston office in 2019 and previously worked in the firm’s New York office.  Liz has extensive experience in high-stakes commercial litigation and arbitration across a variety of industries, including the financial and energy industries. 

Prior to joining the firm, Liz served as a law clerk to Judge John Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She received her J.D., with highest honors, from the University of Texas School of Law, where she was book review editor of the Texas Law Review and graduated first in her class.

  • Defended large global steel distributor in six-week jury trial of claims that steel distributors and steel mills conspired to boycott new entrant in the market.
  • Represented VR Capital Partners L.P. in a lawsuit alleging fraud against Russian investment bank Trioka Dialog related to an investment in a failed factoring company, obtaining a successful settlement.
  • Represented XE Capital and affiliates in a multi-pronged dispute, involving both litigation and arbitration, with a partner in a "life settlement" joint venture arising out of the partner's failure to deliver approximately $30 million in commissions into the joint venture.
  • Successfully represented MetroPCS Wireless, Inc. in a FINRA arbitration against Merrill Lynch.  MetroPCS brought fraud and related claims arising out of Merrill’s sale of over $100 million of auction rate securities comprised of certain tranches of collateralized debt obligations, ultimately achieving a settlement on favorable terms prior to the hearing.
  • The University of Texas School of Law
    (J.D. with highest honors, 2006)
    • Order of the Coif
    • Texas Law Review:
      • Book Review Editor
  • The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
    (B.S., Public Relations, with high honors, 2000)
  • The State Bar of Texas
  • The State Bar of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Eastern District of Texas
    • Western District of Texas
    • Southern District of Texas
    • Northern District of Texas
  • Occidental Petroleum Corporation:
    • Senior Corporate Counsel – Litigation, June 2014-August 2019
  • Vinson & Elkins, LLP:
    • Associate, December 2012-December 2014
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. John M. Rogers:
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2006-2007