Elizabeth Wiens has spent her entire legal career representing employees and retirees. She joined Gursky Law Associates in 2003 after graduating ninth in her class at Roger Williams University, School of Law. As a law student, Ms. Wiens was a recipient of a Ralph R. Papitto Full Tuition Scholarship and a member of the Honors Program. She also served as a law clerk at the United States District Court in Providence, Rhode Island and the United States Attorney's Office in Buffalo, NY.

Ms. Wiens has represented employees and retirees before State and municipal retirement boards, the United States District Court of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Supreme Court. In 2011, she was counsel in the precedent-setting case of Pierce v. Providence Retirement Board, where the Supreme Court ordered the Retirement Board to award an accidental disability pension to her client, a firefighter injured in the line of duty. She has represented both union and non-union employees and retirees in actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), State wage and hour laws and the state and federal constitutions. In addition, she represents both private and public sector unions, including firefighters and teachers, before the State Labor Relations Board, National Labor Relations Board, State and Federal Courts and in labor arbitration hearings.

Ms. Wiens is a member of the AFL-CIO Lawyers' Coordinating Committee, the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Labor Law & Employment Committee of the Rhode Island Bar Association.

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, JD, May 2003
    State University of New York at Geneseo, BA, cum laude (Political Science), May 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island Supreme Court (2003)
  • Massachusetts Supreme Court (2003)
  • United States Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2004)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (2011)
  • United States Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts (2014)