Eli joined the firm in October 2017. She is licensed to practice in all North Carolina state courts as well as the U.S. District Courts of North Carolina. Eli has practiced in federal courts, the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the North Carolina Industrial Commission, and Superior and District Courts in multiple counties.
Prior to joining Edelstein & Payne, Eli spent roughly 9 years at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services. While at NCPLS, she achieved systemic reform of prison policies and substantial monetary awards in complex multi-plaintiff lawsuits, including Corbett v. Branker, Etters v. Bennett, and Crow v. NCDOC. Active in her community, Eli also provided pro-bono in-house counsel services to the Internationalist Book & Community Center in Chapel Hill, NC, advising the organization on non-profit and employment law issues. Eli successfully challenged and obtained reversal of a censorship policy regarding books and magazines mailed to North Carolina Prisoners.
After graduating at the top of her class at University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a BA in Media Arts & Psychology, Eli earned her law degree at UNC Chapel Hill, where she earned the Dean Nichol Grant for cutting edge, innovative work with transgender prisoners at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project in New York. She was twice a panelist on the Prisoners' Rights Panel at the UNC School of Law Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity, and a Continuing Legal Education Instructor, presenting "A Look at Mental Health Issues in Prisons and Jails in NC" at the NC Paralegal Association Conference in Asheville, NC.
Eli's current practice involves representing North Carolina workers in employment civil rights matters as well as Workers' Compensation claims. She also handles Social Security Disability claims, and is available for consultation and representation regarding criminal and post-conviction matters.