Name: Elizabeth Lancaster
Elizabeth Lancaster has 15 years of experience as a trial lawyer. She has represented thousands of clients during her career and works with clients on cases taking place in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, General District Court, Circuit Court, Court of Appeals, and Supreme Court of Virginia. She was the first chair in over 25 jury trials and represents clients in all stages of trial, motions, and sentencing. Elizabeth is admitted to the Commonwealth of Virginia (2004), and the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2006).
Law School: George Mason School University School of Law, J.D. (2004)
College: The American University in Washington, B.S. Biology (2000)
Affiliations: Loudoun County Juvenile Justice Steering Committee (Board Member); Loudoun County JDAI Committee (Board Member); Loudoun County Racial and Ethnic Disparities Committee (Founding Member); Juvenile and Domestic Relations Bench/Bar (Chair and Member), Mid-Atlantic Region National Juvenile Defender Center Ambassador; Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Elizabeth Lancaster is a partner at WhitbeckBennett, working at our Leesburg, Virginia office. Before joining WhitbeckBennett, Elizabeth served as Deputy Public Defender for The Office of the Public Defender in Loudoun County, Virginia. She previously served as Senior Assistant Public Defender from 2012 – 2017 and as Assistant Public Defender I/II from 2005 -2012. During her tenure at the Office of the Public Defender, Elizabeth represented clients in cases ranging from first-degree murder to truancy but has a special passion for working with juveniles.
Over the course of her work with juveniles, Elizabeth has helped fundamentally change the system of juvenile justice in Loudoun County; reduced populations in detention and state care, provided families access to treatment and services, provided a voice for youth in crisis, and in doing so, significantly reduced recidivism in juvenile court. Elizabeth brings this same passion and advocacy to Special Education Law. She is driven to give a voice to those children and families struggling through an overwhelming educational system. Elizabeth also brings her significant trial and litigation experience to the area of family law, and her experience in serving individuals and families in crisis gives her a unique client-centered approach.
Elizabeth grew up in Northern Virginia, was an NCAA Division I scholarship athlete, and is a licensed soccer coach by the United States Soccer federation. She enjoys spending her free time convincing her children that they really love soccer, not ballet or chess, and watching them thrive in all their non-soccer related passions.