Elizabeth D. AlvarezChief of Election Litigation & Immigration Division
“A law degree is like a superpower. You have to use it responsibly.”
Election, immigration, and complex civil litigation attorney Elizabeth Alvarez loves fighting for the underdog, whether it’s a landowner facing annexation, a candidate for public office who has been cheated in an election, or victimized women in Africa.
Elizabeth graduated from Abilene Christian University, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. She then attended Pepperdine School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude with her Juris Doctor degree in 2008. Initially pursuing a career in human rights, she worked for the Supreme Court of Uganda, the East African Union, Restore International, and participated in drafting the decision outlawing female genital mutilation in Uganda before opening her private practice in 2010. She simultaneously served on the attorney volunteer list for the Republican National Committee and was General Council for the Dallas County Republican Party from 2016 until January 2020, where she won all twenty-plus lawsuits, appeal, and ballot challenges she initiated. She joined Guest & Gray in 2019.
An expert in the highly specialized field of election litigation, Elizabeth’s election law practice focuses on ballot contests, ballot challenges, recounts, and election contests, where her accuracy and ability to act quickly within the short time frames inherent in election law are invaluable. A tenacious and gifted litigator, particularly when representing large business owners, she excels in court thanks to her calm demeanor, keen memory, and ability to think on her feet.
Elizabeth is a board member of the Equal Voting Rights Institute as well as a board member of Christian Homes of Abilene, a Christian adoption agency. She is also a member of the Republican Lawyers Association and the Federalist Society. A passionate defender of those victimized by society, Elizabeth works1000 pro bono hours per year, usually focused on children or asylum, including representing the unaccompanied immigrant minors from Central America during the 2014 American immigration crisis.
An avid knitter, reader, and cat mom, Elizabeth enjoys traveling with her husband—often to visit locations she has read about such as Stephen King’s Maine, 221B Baker Street in London, and the home of Anne Rice’s Lestat in New Orleans.
J.D., Pepperdine University School of Law, 2008
- Member, Phi Delta Phi honor association
- Beverly Hills Bar Association Honors Scholar
- Presidential Scholar
- Chair, International Justice Mission
B.A., Political Science: International Relations, Abilene Christian University, 2005
- magna cum laude
- Presidential Scholar, Board of Trustee Award
- USA Today All American Academic Nominee
US District Court, Northern District of Texas
Supreme Court of Texas
Judge Jack Pope Fellow
Republican Lawyers Association
Equal Voting Rights Institute
Christian Homes of Abilene
Texas Young Republican Federation
Former Vice Chair
Dallas County Republican Party
Former Vice Chair
Pepperdine Alumni Association Board
Former Volunteer Coordinator
Abilene Christian University Undergraduate School of Bible
- Dallas County Republican Party General Counsel, 2016 - Present
- RNC Recount Team Volunteer Attorney, 2016
- Law Office of Elizabeth Alvarez, 2010 - 2018
- Chief Clerk, Ugandan Supreme Court
- Clerk to Chief Justice Benjamin Odoki, 2007
- Restore East African International Judicial Conference Delegate & Speaker: Application of Human Rights Treaties and International Standards of Governance
- Speaker: International Justice Mission African Global Prayer Gathering: The Practicality of Attempting Human Rights Justice in Newly Forming States