Elaine Metlin


Elaine Metlin focuses her civil practice on complex antitrust litigation involving international cartels, class actions, international law, broker misconduct, and complex commercial litigation. Elaine also handles white collar criminal defense, conducts internal investigations, and defends individuals and businesses who have been investigated by the executive branch, Congress, and other agencies and regulatory bodies.

Antitrust and International Law

Elaine has substantial experience in litigating global antitrust cartel cases, many of which involve international discovery issues and complex litigation questions as well as issues of substantive antitrust law.

White Collar Criminal Defense

For more than 25 years, Elaine has represented businesses and individuals who have been investigated by the Department of Justice, Congress, various independent counsels, and other regulatory authorities. She is also experienced in conducting internal corporate investigations. She has advised and defended elected and appointed government officials, including members of the Senate and the Cabinet, in connection with numerous high-profile investigations and cases.

Commercial Litigation

Elaine has represented companies involved in all manner of commercial disputes, including claims of RICO, fraud, breach of contract, and various business torts. She also currently represents a major multinational pharmaceutical company in a significant insurance coverage case. She also has a considerable background in the area of insurance broker misconduct.

Elaine clerked for Judge Susan Black, now on the Eleventh Circuit, and other judges in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida from 1983 to 1984.

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  • AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell ®
  • 2010–2018, Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Antitrust, and Mediation in Washington, D.C., listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2012–2018, Washington, D.C. “Super Lawyer” in Antitrust Litigation, listed in Super Lawyers
  • 2014, Complex Antitrust Litigation Attorney of the Year (Washington, D.C.), listed in Corporate INTL Global Awards
  • 2012, listed in Legal 500
  • 2012, listed in Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law
  • 2011, National Association of Women Judges’ 2011 Florence K. Murray Award



  • American Bar Association
  • Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court
  • National Association of Women Judges
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
Professional Activities

In 2010, Elaine was elected to the board of the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, where she now serves as a trustee. She currently serves as co-chair of the Resource Board of the National Association of Women Judges. She is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court, the Lawyers’ Club of Washington, the DC Women’s Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Elaine is a founding member of the DC Chapter of WLMA (the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance), a nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate networking, mentoring, and career development opportunities for women, while encouraging seasoned women professionals to build alliances with younger women professionals as the younger women develop their networking and leadership skills.



  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. District Court - District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court - Maryland
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


  • University of Pittsburgh, BA
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD