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Eli Berns-Zieve


Eli Berns-Zieve is an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the Antitrust & Competition and Litigation groups.

Eli received his J.D. from the University of Maryland, cum laude, where he was an associate editor of the Maryland Law Review and recipient of the Catherine S. Edwards Memorial Scholarship. During law school, Eli interned for the Honorable Richard D. Bennett in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the Honorable Douglas R.M. Nazarian in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. Eli majored in history at Vassar College, where he was president of his class.

Prior to law school, Eli served as chief of staff to a Maryland state senator. In that capacity, he helped navigate policy objectives through the legislative process and held daily meetings with various parties on a wide array of issues, developing and helping to enact state law.

Eli is a native of Baltimore, MD.


  • Vassar College, B.A. (2013)
  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D. (2018) cum laude


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Antitrust and Competition

Commercial Litigation

Litigation & Trial

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  • Ongoing cybercrime matters against cybercriminals, including both criminal actors and state-associated actors, on behalf of a major technology firm.
  • Ongoing dispute resolution of complex commercial disputes between health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, and retail pharmacies. 
  • Ongoing defense of a university against Title IX claims in federal court litigation. 
  • Counseling a major auto manufacturer regarding advertising and franchising issues. 
"Illinois Amends Requirements for Non-Compete Agreements," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (November 1, 2021). Authors: Eli Berns-Zieve and Astor Heaven.
"Plaintiff Secures $152M Verdict at Trade Secrets Trial Postponed by Pandemic," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (March 24, 2021). Author: Eli Berns-Zieve.
"Part 2 - Higher Education and the Biden Administration’s Priorities: Are there significant changes ahead?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (February 16, 2021). Presenters: Kate M. Growley, Laurel Pyke Malson, Preston L. Pugh, Tyler A. O'Connor, Suzanne E. Rode, and Eli Berns-Zieve.
"Part 1 - Higher Education and the Biden Administration’s Priorities: Are there significant changes ahead?" Crowell & Moring Webinar (January 19, 2021). Presenters: Amanda Shafer Berman, Caroline E. Brown, Astor Heaven, Laurel Pyke Malson, Rebecca L. Springer, Suzanne E. Rode, and Eli Berns-Zieve
"Department of Education Issues Notice "Clarifying" its Authority to Enforce Section 117 Reporting Requirements," (November 23, 2020). Contacts: Laurel Pyke Malson, Eli Berns-Zieve
Client Alert / Newsletter
"Taiwanese Semiconductor Pleads Guilty, To Pay $60 Million Fine for Criminal Trade Secret Theft," Crowell & Moring’s Trade Secrets Trends (November 23, 2020). Authors: Caroline E. Brown, Mark A. Klapow and Eli Berns-Zieve.
"COVID & the Courts: The D.D.C. Extends COVID-Related Changes Into the Fall," Litigation Alert (August 12, 2020). Contacts: Amanda Shafer Berman, Eli Berns-Zieve
Client Alert / Newsletter
Crowell & Moring Represents University of California in Suit against Department of Homeland Security over International Student Directive (July 16, 2020)
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"COVID and The Courts," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 11, 2020). Presenters: Mark A. Klapow, Amanda Shafer Berman, Andrew Holmer, Rochelle-Leigh Rosenberg, and Eli Berns-Zieve.
"COVID and the Courts: Reopening Plans," Litigation Alert (June 10, 2020). Contacts: Mark A. Klapow, Andrew Holmer, Rochelle-Leigh Rosenberg, Eli Berns-Zieve, Amanda Shafer Berman
Client Alert / Newsletter

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