Elizabeth Hutchins was first introduced to Navigant while finishing her economics degree at University of California, Berkeley. The role of a consultant in Los Angeles appealed to Elizabeth as she was quickly sold on Navigant’s supportive and diverse culture, dynamic work environment and intelligent team members. Now Elizabeth is a director in the Disputes, Forensics, and Legal Technology practice at Navigant’s Chicago office.
I’ve appreciated having strong mentors at Navigant and now I am mentoring others. I feel that it is important to give back and help develop the next generation of the firm.
A DAY IN THE LIFE
Elizabeth focuses on supporting clients across industries facing litigation or investigations. One of her primary focus areas is employment litigation where she supports companies facing labor law violations. She performs complex data analyses to study trends, quantify damages, and draft reports designed to help lawyers and companies through the litigation process.
In addition to enjoying the analytical challenges of her role, Elizabeth appreciates the “people” component including interacting with clients and team members. She has had the opportunity to be a mentor — a role she enjoys and plans to continue in the future.
Elizabeth is enthusiastic about refining her existing skills and learning new ones. She is a frequent participant in several of Navigant’s professional development courses and has especially appreciated classes on presentation skills, business writing, and leadership.
A former member of Navigant’s Los Angeles office, Elizabeth earned her MBA at the University of California, Los Angeles, while working full-time, and was pleased when the firm supported her with the flexibility to meet school commitments.
Elizabeth led her practice’s recruiting efforts in the Los Angeles office and enjoyed organizing local campus events.
In Chicago, Elizabeth mentors low-income fourth and fifth grade students as part of the Firm’s North Kenwood/Oakland School Youth Program, a Navigant-sponsored community service initiative focused on helping children. She is also actively involved in Navigant’s Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance, an organization founded by Navigant CEO, Julie Howard.