Elizabeth L. Winters
Senior Associate

1001 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC USA 27101

Overview

Beth Winters focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Winters gained experience working as a law clerk in the North Carolina Business Court. Previously, she worked with the firm as a summer associate in 2010 and 2011.

Ms. Winters was recognized as a North Carolina "Rising Star" in 2020 and the four years immediately preceding for Business Litigation by Super Lawyers magazine.

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Experience

Representing Plaintiff Neusoft Medical Systems, U.S.A., Inc. in a lawsuit involving claims of conversion, violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, misappropriation of trade secrets, unjust enrichment, and violation of North Carolina’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Act. The case also has significant issues regarding the enforcement of international arbitration agreements and the relationship between a Chinese medical equipment manufacturer and a U.S. distributor. Neusoft Medical Systems, U.S.A., Inc. v. Neuisys, LLC, et al., Civil Action No. 11-CVS-11405 (Guilford County Superior Court).

Represented enrolled members of the Comanche, Caddo, Apache, Cherokee, and Kiowa Tribes of Oklahoma, who own a trust allotment outside of Anadarko, Oklahoma, in actions for trespass and condemnation arising from the continued operation of a natural gas pipeline for more than sixteen years after the easement expired. After being turned away by multiple firms, the landowners approached Kilpatrick Townsend, who agreed to take the case. We obtained dismissal of the gas company’s condemnation claims, and the federal district court for the Western District of Oklahoma entered summary judgment against the gas company for trespass. On appeal, the Tenth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the condemnation claims and affirmed summary judgment on trespass. Marcia W. Davilla, et al. v. Enable Midstream Partners, L.P., et al., No. 5:2015cv01262 (W.D. Okla. 2016); Marcia W. Davilla, et al. v. Enable Midstream Partners, L.P., et al., No. 17-6088 (10th Cir. 2019); Enable Oklahoma Intrastate Transmission LLC v. 25 Foot Wide Easement, No. 17-6188 (10th Cir. 2018).

Represented former police officer Bruce Abramski in a successful cert petition and in merits briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case concerned the authority of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to restrict when lawful gun owners can purchase firearms for other lawful gun owners. Abramski was the most prominent gun case of the October 2013 term and drew significant media attention.

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Education

Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D. (2012) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, CALI Award
Wake Forest Law Review, Editorial Staff

University of Florida, B.A., Criminology (2007) cum laude

University of Florida, B.S., Psychology (2007) cum laude

Admissions

North Carolina (2012)

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court - Middle District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of North Carolina

U.S. District Court - Western District of North Carolina

Clerkships

North Carolina Business Court - Judge James L. Gale (Aug 2012-Aug 2013)

Professional & Community Activities

21st Judicial District Bar, Member

Forsyth County Bar Association, Member

North Carolina Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Member

Guardian ad Litem, Volunteer (2001-Present)

Yadkin Riverkeeper, Volunteer (2009-2010)

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