Elizabeth McInerney (Tolon)

Associate

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  • JD, Fordham University School of Law, 2018; Articles and Notes Editor,  Fordham Law Review
  • BA (Political Science), cum laude, George Fox University, 2012
  • BA (Music), cum laude, George Fox University, 2012

Qualifications

  • Not admitted in the District of Columbia. Supervised by Ropes & Gray LLP attorneys who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.
  • New York, 2019

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Honorable Michael J. Garcia, New York State Court of Appeals
  • American Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Elizabeth McInerney (Tolon)

Associate

Liz McInerney (Tolon) first joined Ropes & Gray as an associate in the litigation department in 2018. She returned to the firm in 2020 after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael J. Garcia of the New York Court of Appeals.

Liz maintains a diverse practice, focusing on white-collar defense, cross-border investigations, internal and government investigations, risk compliance and due diligence, and anti-corruption work. Liz regularly represents clients facing civil litigation and prosecution, and has assisted companies and individuals with inquiries from federal and state authorities into alleged False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), securities fraud, and antitrust violations. Liz has experience representing multinational companies and individuals under investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other federal and state authorities.

Liz’s pro bono practice includes representing clients on death row, clients facing eviction, clients before immigration courts, and clients seeking post-conviction relief whose convictions were based upon flawed DNA evidence.

Liz is the co-chair of the Black Women Lawyers Group. She previously externed for Judge Paul G. Gardephe in the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Liz worked in the wine industry and is a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Experience

  • Leading and conducting multiple internal investigations on behalf of a global pharmaceutical and medical device company in Europe and Africa regarding potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and related compliance policies.
  • Defending major pharmacy companies in cases alleging common-law fraud and violations of states’ consumer-protection statutes.
  • Representing major pharmaceutical company in civil inquiry from DOJ regarding potential Anti-Kickback Statute violations.
  • Defending a non-profit medical organization in cases in federal and state court alleging employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, and age.
  • Conducted a policies and practices review for a high-profile association, and assisted with implementing a comprehensive multi-year diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. 
  • Representing large multinational medical software company against relator’s motion for violations of the False Claims Act.
  • Conducted internal investigations on behalf of clients involving allegations of FCPA violations, and allegations of bribery and violations of U.S. law and company policy in Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, the UK, the U.S., and India.
  • Defended large multinational pharmaceutical company in civil investigations by state Attorneys General allegedly misleading direct-to-consumer advertising for opioids.
  • Represented various financial institutions, including large global banks and investment management firms, in responding to SEC and DOJ investigations.
  • Conducted internal investigations on behalf of a global animal health company following internal complaints of violations of U.S. law and company policies.
  • Participated in advising a EHR software company regarding its compliance with OIG, the DOJ, and the government-appointed oversight organization.
  • Representing a client on death row in his successive post-habeas petition.
  • Successfully represented an individual seeking post-conviction relief on the basis of flawed DNA analysis (in partnership with the New England Innocence Project). 
  • Successfully represented a client in eviction proceedings by securing safe housing and the removal of any at-fault eviction proceedings on client’s record. 

Publications

  • Co-author, “Considerations for Protecting Privileged Documents if the IRS Comes Knocking: A Brief Exploration of Privilege Nuances in the Tax Context,” ABA: The Practical Tax Lawyer (Mary 2022)
  • Co-author, “A Brief Exploration Of Privilege Nuances In The Tax Context,” Law360 (February 13, 2019)
  • Elizabeth Tolon, Updating the Social Network: How Outdated and Unclear State Legislation Violates Sex Offenders' First Amendment Rights, 85 Fordham L. Rev. 1827 (2016)
  • JD, Fordham University School of Law, 2018; Articles and Notes Editor,  Fordham Law Review
  • BA (Political Science), cum laude, George Fox University, 2012
  • BA (Music), cum laude, George Fox University, 2012

Qualifications

  • Not admitted in the District of Columbia. Supervised by Ropes & Gray LLP attorneys who are members of the District of Columbia Bar.
  • New York, 2019

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
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