Elizabeth B. Meers

Elizabeth B. Meers

Senior Counsel
Washington, D.C.

Email [email protected]​hoganlovells.com

Phone +1 202 637 8676

Fax +1 202 637 5910

Practice groupGlobal Regulatory

Elizabeth Meers has been immersed in the education sector for more than 30 years. Whether the issue involves student financial aid, institutional or programmatic accreditation, state education licensure, civil rights, religious identity, or other education-related matters, Elizabeth has extensive knowledge of the law, agency practice, and education sector norms.

Elizabeth has a broad background with federal and state regulations and accreditation standards governing the education sector. Elizabeth applies her knowledge in counseling clients on compliance with regulatory and accreditation requirements; negotiating contracts, including international initiatives, online programs, and mergers and acquisitions; and representing clients in legal proceedings involving federal and state agencies and accreditors. Elizabeth's clients include colleges and universities, independent schools, education associations, foundations, education companies, investors in the education sector, and other education organizations.

Elizabeth led the Hogan Lovells Education practice area from 2004 to 2014. She has also been a higher education association executive, in-house counsel, and a college trustee. She is also an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA).

Elizabeth has been recognized for her leadership in the education community and for her pro bono legal services. The Best Lawyers in America named her Washington, D.C. Education Law Lawyer of the Year for 2014-15 and 2019. Georgetown University Law Center has honored her twice, with the Alumnae Achievement Award in 1999 and the Paul R. Dean Award in 2005. Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington and the John Carroll Society commended her volunteer service to the Legal Network in 2005 and 2010.

Awards and recognitions

2014, 2015, 2019

Lawyer of the Year, Education Law (Washington, D.C.)
The Best Lawyers in America


Education Law
The Best Lawyers in America


Pro Bono Legal Service Award
The John Carroll Society


Paul R. Dean Alumni Award
Georgetown University Law Center


James Cardinal Hickey Pro Bono Legal Service Award, Archdiocesan Legal Network
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington


Alumnae Achievement Award
Georgetown University Law Center

Education and admissions


Certificate in Theological Studies, Georgetown University, School of Summer and Continuing Education, 1994

J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude, 1980

B.A., Radcliffe College, summa cum laude, 1975


President, John Carroll Society, 2013-15

Member, American Bar Association

Trustee, The William Bingham Foundation

Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys; Interim Executive Director, September 2000-January 2001

Bar admissions and qualifications

District of Columbia

Court admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Representative experience

Representing higher education associations as amici curiae in cases involving student diversity, such as Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin II.

Assisting the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine with comments on proposed standards and policies of specialized accreditor.

Representing the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities as amicus curiae in cases involving National Labor Relations Board jurisdiction.

Serving as education regulatory counsel in negotiating affiliation between DePaul University and Rosalind Franklin University of Science and Medicine.

Serving as education regulatory counsel to an affiliate of LifePoint Health in acquisition of a hospital with a health professions school.

Advising a nonprofit university in successfully overcoming placement on probation by its institutional accreditor.

Assisting a nonprofit university in an investigation of its programs for women by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

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