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Elizabeth Newman

Elizabeth L. Newman became a partner with Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, PC in 1990. The firm practices exclusively in all aspects of the employment relationship, including security clearance cases, as well as discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, family and medical leave, disabilities, Freedom of Information Act appeals, Privacy Act appeals, and non-compete agreements. She is a graduate of Skidmore College and the Georgetown University Law School. She has been rated an AV Preeminent attorney by her peers, and has regularly been selected as a Washingtonian Magazine Top Lawyer in the field of National Security Law. Prior to entering into private practice in 1980, she was a trial attorney with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. In her private practice, Ms. Newman’s area of practice is devoted exclusively to security clearance matters. She represents individuals throughout the US and abroad in cases before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals, the DoD Central Adjudication Facility, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security at the US State Department, the Department of Energy, and before Personnel Security Appeals Boards throughout the federal government.

Ms. Newman is a panelist at the popular seminar, "How to Represent Your Clients Effectively in Security Clearance Proceedings," offered annually by the DC Bar. She has also served as Vice Chair of the ABA Administrative Law Section’s National Security Committee, Chair of the DC Bar Practice Management Section, and chairs the Experienced Security Clearance Practitioners Forum.

Ms. Newman lives with her husband, John Tillson, in Washington, DC, and enjoys spending her free time playing with their young grandsons and singing in the City Choir of Washington. She can be reached at