Elizabeth Holtzman serves as the co-chair of Herrick's Government Relations Practice, concentrating her practice in government relations at the federal, state and local levels, and in litigation. She joined Herrick after 20 years in government. She served for eight years as a U.S. Congresswoman and won national attention for her role on the House Judiciary committee during Watergate. She chaired the Immigration and Refugees Subcommittee and dealt directly with many foreign governments -- including Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam -- over refugee issues.
Liz was subsequently elected District Attorney of Kings County (Brooklyn), the only woman ever elected DA in New York City, serving for eight years. As DA, she argued successfully before the United States Supreme Court, and pioneered new strategies for the prosecution of rape and environmental crimes. She led the effort to overturn law allowing blacks to be removed from juries.
Liz was also the only woman ever elected Comptroller of New York City. She was responsible for the management of $50 billion in the city's five pension funds and the issuance of more than $20 billion in city debt. She invested the city's public funds in building thousands of units of affordable housing. A bill she authored as comptroller, which holds gun manufacturers liable for the injuries caused by illegal guns, was signed in to law 12 years later by Mayor Bloomberg.
In May 2013, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel appointed Liz to the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel. The panel, created by statute, will review and assess the handling of sexual assaults in the military and develop recommendations for reforms.
In 1998, Liz was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Nazi and Japanese Imperial War Criminal Records Interagency Working Group, which oversaw the declassification of more than eight million pages of U.S. government secret Nazi war crimes files. Liz received top secret security clearance.
Liz has written many op-ed stories and has appeared on TV and in movies, including two Academy Award-winning documentaries, "Hotel Terminus" on Gestapo Chief Klaus Barbie and "Women - for America, for the World" on nuclear disarmament.