Elizabeth A. Klesmith, Attorney at Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP

Contact Information

Phone 574.232.3538
Fax 574.232.3790
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Education

  • Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 2014
  • Grand Valley State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2011

Elizabeth A. Klesmith, Attorney

Elizabeth (Libby) joined the litigation section at Tuesley Hall Konopa as a Legal Intern after graduating from Notre Dame Law School in May, 2014. Her academic accomplishments while attending Notre Dame included:

  • Dean’s List Fall 2013
  • Dean’s Award for Medical Malpractice Law
  • Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law
  • BARBRI, Head Student Representative
  • Admissions Ambassador
  • 1L Moot Court Competition
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Vice Justice Emeritus (Vice President)
  • Honor Society member of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Assistant Rector, Pasquerilla West Hall

Libby’s legal experience during law school included:

  • United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan – Civil Division Intern: Prepared legal memoranda and conducted research on issues related to health care fraud
  • Michigan Court of Appeals – Pre-Hearing Intern: Prepared research reports and drafted opinions on appeals involving criminal convictions
  • James, Dark & Brill – Legal Researcher: Conducted legal research and prepared legal memoranda on cases involving insurance defense law
  • The Honorable James Robert Redford – Legal Extern: Conducted research and drafted legal memoranda, opinions, and orders on a variety of civil and criminal issues, including discovery, insurance, sanctions, jury instructions, and admissibility of evidence. Responded to prisoner petitions for relief from judgment.

Practice areas

  • Civil litigation
  • Insurance defense
  • Real estate
  • Trademark

Publications

Klesmith, Elizabeth A. (2014) “Nigeria and Mali: The Case for Repatriation and Protection of Cultural Heritage in Post-Colonial Africa,” Notre Dame Journal of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 4: Iss. 1, Article 1.
Available at: http://scholarship.law.nd.edu/ndjicl/vol4/iss1/1

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Professional licensure

  • Indiana Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • United States District Courts
    • Northern District of Indiana
    • Southern District of Indiana
    • Western District of Michigan
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association, Co-chair of New Lawyers Group
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association, Co-chair of the Judicial Survey Sub-Committee
  • Cass County Michigan Bar Association
  • Grand Rapids Michigan Bar Association

Community emphasis

  • Robert A. Grant Inn of Court
  • South Bend Civic Theatre
  • The Acting Ensemble, Former Board Member
  • Vesper Chorale
  • Midwest Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Board Member
  • Young Professionals Network South Bend (YPN), Member
  • Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, EMERGE Program, Fall 2015
  • Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley, Member
  • Notre Dame Law School, Mentor

I’m casually conversant in French. I minored in music in undergrad with an emphasis on vocal music. I was Cantor for the Notre Dame Law School Mass in my second and third years. I love musicals and operas. I love to read and craft. I also adore doing puzzles, something that started with my grandmother when I was very young, and ultimately led me to law school because I love to solve problems. I also have a black belt in Tang Soo Do, which I received in high school.

I’m originally from Grand Rapids, MI. My mother and sister still live there. My brother lives in North Carolina.