Elyse Stiner is one of the six founding partners of CLG. Her legal practice is primarily focused on workers’ compensation, where she helps injured workers get the benefits they deserve. She also handles civil litigation matters, including personal injury, premise liability, and civil rights law.
Prior to 2014, Elyse primarily practiced personal injury law, which makes her an ideal partner to team with Matt Lastrapes and Dana Charback on dual workers’ compensation/personal injury cases. Such dual cases often involve complex interplay and require a detailed understanding of the intricacies of both types of cases to maximize value for our clients.
Elyse has also teamed with Seth Carroll to represent clients in civil rights cases. In addition to appearing before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Elyse practices in General District Court, Circuit Court, and Federal Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Elyse is a native of Philadelphia, and she began her legal career in Pennsylvania while she was in high school when she worked at the Commonwealth Attorney’s office. She then studied constitutional law at the University of Vermont, where she wrote her honors thesis on the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education and the Supreme Court’s role in American politics.
Elyse received her Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Miami, and during law school she was a founding member of the National Security and Armed Conflict Law Review. She served as an Editor in Chief for the NSAC Law Review and continued her passion for constitutional law by publishing an article on the diminishing free speech rights of military chaplains in the aftermath of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal. She was also presented with an award of excellence for her contribution to the NSAC Law Review.
While in law school, Elyse also dedicated her time to public interest organizations such as The Miami Innocence Project, The Humanitarian Society and The Civil Rights Restoration Project, and she achieved leadership positions in several of those organizations. She also worked for both the Miami-Dade public defender and the American Civil Liberties Union and was rewarded with a public interest scholarship for her efforts.
Elyse relocated to Richmond in 2012, and before founding Commonwealth Law Group in 2014 she worked in the Richmond public defender’s office and with the Legal Aid Justice Center where she provided pro bono services to individuals living in Section 8 housing.
“I knew I wanted to be a lawyer by the time I was 14,” Elyse explains. “When I decided to attend law school, my goal was to help people, especially those who don’t have access to the best possible legal representation for their cases. Workers’ compensation cases allow me to showcase my strengths in litigation and to help people who have been hurt at work. When we first see a client, they are often in a tough place, but we work hard to help them get the best possible resolution.”
Elyse is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Her public interest background shapes her perspective and provides a unique insight that enriches her interactions with injured clients. As a lawyer dedicated to helping the injured seek justice, Elyse continues to achieve her goal of consistently helping others.
Elyse serves as co-chair of the Programs Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Inn of Court. Elyse is also a member of VTLA’s Advanced Annual Workers’ Compensation Retreat Planning Committee.
In her free time, Elyse is an active member of the Richmond Junior League, through which she volunteers to provide after-school activities for at-risk children and their parents. She also tries to catch as many concerts as possible and loves spending time with her family.