Mr. Elias’s broad-based commercial litigation practice provides problem solving, strategic advice, and counseling to some of the largest financial institutions and insurance companies involved in disputes and litigation in federal and states courts throughout the United States. As a true commercial litigator, Mr. Elias doesn’t limit himself to matters within a particular area of law and has had significant experience in complex tort, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, legal malpractice, and bankruptcy litigation. He possesses the ability to quickly develop in-depth understanding of the matters and legal issues in dispute – no matter what the issue or industry. Clients recognize his capacity to quickly synthesize complex issues and present them to a judge or jury in a clear, precise, and convincing manner, regardless of how convoluted the factual issues or complex the legal issues may be. Mr. Elias’s clients benefit from his years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, including his clerkships in both the federal and state court systems, as well as his deep-rooted commitment to his clients' needs in each matter he handles.
Mr. Elias’s first priority is always to understand his client’s business inside and out, since the matter in dispute is part of the client’s business, and the outcome will shape its course. His keen understanding of his client’s business objectives drives his litigation strategy, always with the end goal in mind. His approach is to work closely with his client to thoroughly understand the issues and create a customized approach to the defense of the case, balancing the need for a vigorous defense with the practical considerations of cost and impact on his client’s business. Mr. Elias prides himself on aggressive representation without over-reliance on litigation, which can be expensive and time-consuming.