I am a lawyer with Joye Law Firm in the Columbia office. My caseload is split between personal injury and workers’ compensation.
During college and law school, I studied abroad in Australia, New Zealand and England. I took two years off between college and law school, and I worked full-time as a paralegal. Throughout law school, I maintained full-time employment as a paralegal, then as an in-house contracts associate. My ability to successfully juggle a career while attending law school is evidence of my multifaceted and substantial capabilities.
I swam competitively for 15 years, through my undergraduate years in college. That experience, with its focus on hard work, commitment, self-motivation, overarching goals, and persevering under pressure helps me every day in my practice of law. Most non-swimmers categorize swimming as an individual sport. However, you are still a member of a team. The same reasoning applies here at the Joye Law Firm; we are a team. I want my clients to know that I am working through their case with an entire team of brainy lawyers, fabulous case managers, and outstanding staff.
Eliza was raised in Rochester, MN and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, where she swam at the Division III level. As a member of the swim team, she received Academic Honors from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. While balancing academics and athletics, Eliza held legal internships at the New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center, the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office, and a boutique personal injury law firm.
Prior to moving to South Carolina, Eliza spent six years in Raleigh, NC. She worked at a law firm as a paralegal, focusing on military and family law, and then worked at a pharmaceutical CRO as an in-house contracts associate, honing her negotiation tactics.
While working full-time, Eliza also attended law school. She earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, MN. During law school, Eliza received recognition from the Minnesota Justice Foundation for her pro bono services on an international kidnapping case. She also served as an editor and was published in the Mitchell Hamline Law Review. The article she wrote, A Change in Military Pension Division: The End of Court-Adjudicated Indemnification – Howell v. Howell, provides an analytical and practical resource to military divorce practitioners nationwide. The article has been cited by the New Jersey Appellate Court as persuasive authority on the subject matter.
In my work at a law firm, I have learned effective communication skills, valuable organization approaches, and the importance of preparedness and thoroughness. When my clients leave our first meeting, I want them to know that I will be honest and realistic, that I am ambitious and motivated, and that I will overcome the obstacles that may arise in their case. I want them to feel confident in my ability to work tirelessly and advocate fiercely for them.
Eliza’s practice is devoted to working with injured individuals, whether the injury occurred as the result of a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident or an on-the-job injury.
Eliza is a member of the South Carolina State Bar and South Carolina Association for Justice.
Eliza’s hobbies and interests include group fitness classes, scuba diving, travel, spending time at the lake, and raising a rescue dog.
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