Elise Berry is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Group. Elise's practice primarily focuses on medical malpractice, hospital liability, nursing home and long term care facility defense. Prior to joining Hill Ward Henderson, Elise litigated a wide array of negligence actions in both federal and state court. She has defended clients in numerous medical malpractice, dental malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death cases throughout Florida, as well as represented medical and dental offices, hospitals, nursing homes, and long term care facilities in pre-suit investigations and premises liability matters.

Elise graduated magna cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law where she served as an Articles Editor for the Florida State Law Review Executive Board. During her time in law school, Elise was awarded the Book Award in Business Legal Research, was extern for both Judge Scott Makar in the First District Court of Appeal and Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, and was a quarter-finalist in the 2018 E. Earle Zehmer National Moot Court Competition. In addition, Elise was also a Research Assistant to her Evidence professor, was President of the Real Property and Probate Trust Law Society student organization, and was active in organizing charitable fundraising and pro bono opportunities through her student-lead organization, The Women’s Law Symposium.

Outside of her practice, Elise enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, Charlie, and practicing yoga. She is actively involved in several outside organizations, including serving as a committee member for the DRI Medical Liability and Health Care Law group. Elise is also dedicated to the arts community, serving as a committee member for The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, where she contributes to organizing events such as Taste at the Straz and Broadway Ball. Additionally, she is a proud member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Hillsborough Association for Women Lawyers, and Federal Bar Association, where she engages in networking and professional development opportunities.

Credentials & Experience


Florida State University, B.S., 2015

Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 2019, magna cum laude

  • Executive Board of the Florida State University Law Review: Articles Editor
  • Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law: Article and Note Editor
  • Quarter-finalist in the 2018 E. Earle Zehmer National Moot Court Competition
  • Book Award: Business Legal Research

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional & Civic

Community & Professional

  • Straz Center for the Performing Arts: Member
  • Tampa Bay Chamber: Member
  • Defense Research Institute: Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee 


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