Elise Keys

 (340) 773-6142
 ekeys@demalaw.com

Elise primarily represents clients in natural resource damages (“NRD”) actions brought pursuant to state and federal law. Elise represents the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico in their claims against the oil industry concerning the gasoline additive, methyl tertiary butyl ether (“MTBE”). These cases involve State-wide and Commonwealth-wide claims against dozens of oil companies involving thousands of contaminated sites. Elise also works in environmental, tort, and products liability litigation.

Prior to joining the Firm, Elise served as a law clerk to a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before clerking, Elise was an associate at Boies Schiller Flexner in New York City, where she worked on a variety of complex litigations, several international matters, and represented clients subject to governmental investigations.

Elise has previously served as a domestic violence fellow at Vermont Legal Aid. During her time at Vermont Legal Aid she advocated in court for temporary restraining orders to protect clients, drafted internal practice guides, and worked with clients to obtain safer situations for themselves and their families.

While in law school, Elise interned for a federal District Court judge and a Federal Court of Appeals judge. Elise was also a high scorer at two law school moot court competitions. This allowed her to participate in a moot argument before the Vermont Supreme Court where she and her partner won the best petitioner brief award. Elise then joined the Moot Court Advisory Board and the National Moot Court Team and scored a perfect round at the Northeast Regional National Moot Court Competition. Prior to law school, Elise worked as a paralegal and in the Vermont State Court system.

Elise grew up in Vermont and through early experiences hiking, horseback riding, skiing, working outdoors, and travel developed a respect for the natural world. Elise now lives in Puerto Rico, and in her free time enjoys snorkeling, sailing, and learning to surf.

  • Environmental Litigation
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Torts
  • Products Liability
  • J.D., Vermont Law School, summa cum laude
  • M.A. (Hons), University of St. Andrews, International Relations and Modern History