Elsa Andrianifahanana focuses on complex labor and employment issues, including employment discrimination, trade secrets, and restrictive covenants. She counsels clients on the labor and employment aspects of cross-border mergers and acquisitions and has represented clients through various phases of internal investigations, arbitrations, and litigation. She also provides guidance to clients on preventative measures, including reviewing wage and hour practices, drafting company policies, and negotiating agreements.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Elsa was a member of the corporate restructuring and bankruptcy group of another firm, where she represented distressed companies undergoing reorganizations and debt restructurings. Significant representations included Atlas Resource Partners in the first prepackaged restructuring of a publicly traded master limited partnership, a transaction that was recognized by Turnaround & Workouts magazine as one of the 12 most successful restructurings for 2016, and Key Safety Systems in connection with its $1.588 billion bid to acquire Takata Corporation. During the course of the Takata restructuring, Elsa spearheaded the liability management work stream and was instrumental in devising a robust risk management strategy for the client.
Elsa is the current president of the Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago, Inc. and host of the 2023 National Summit of Black Women Lawyers.
- October 13, 2022
The Use of Arbitration Agreements in the Workplace (Again): Impact of Viking River Cruises, 2022 Annual Labor & Employment Law Discussion Group
- Georgetown University (J.D. cum laude 2013; The Georgetown Law Journal: Editor and Meritorious Service Award; Executive Editor, The Annual Review of Criminal Procedure; Thomas and Helen Moloney Scholar; B.A. magna cum laude 2008)
- Illinois, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and District of Maryland
- Legal intern, U.S. Department of Justice: Antitrust Division (2012) and Civil Division (2011)
- Law Clerk to Judge Ellen Lipton Hollander, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (2014-2015)