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Elizabeth Westbrooks 1984-2017

Elizabeth WestbrooksElizabeth "Liz" Elaine Westbrooks of Greenville, Illinois, was born on November 17, 1984 in Greenville, and passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully and surrounded by those that loved her most, on November 15, 2017.

After attending Greenville Elementary School and Bond County Community Unit #2 High School, Elizabeth went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in 2007. She then attended law school and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2010.

Elizabeth was a respected attorney and earned the admiration of her colleagues through her hard work and dedication to her craft. She began her legal career at Bryan Cave, where she worked briefly in the eDiscovery Department. Following her time there, she was an Associate first at Boggs Avellino Lach & Boggs and later at Weidner & McAuliffe between 2011 and 2013. Her early career focus was as a litigator defending insurance companies. Elizabeth then returned to Bryan Cave to serve as a Conflicts Attorney from 2013 through 2016. While there, she excelled in identifying ethics issues and provided attorneys with solutions to resolve conflicts of interest related to new representations. In late 2016, Elizabeth joined Thompson Coburn as Loss Prevention Counsel, where she collaborated with the General Counsel and the Loss Prevention Partners to resolve potential and actual conflicts of interest related to both new representations and incoming firm employees.

Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Hugh and Elaine of Greenville; brother, Michael, his wife, Ashley Sophia and their kids, Reid, Parker, and Delaney-Elizabeth of Honolulu, HI; sister, Ashley (West) and husband, Dustin of Waterloo, IL; paternal grandparents, Francis and Louise Westbrooks of Anna, IL; maternal grandparent, Jean Thomas and the late Manly Thomas of Belleville, IL. She also leaves behind beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends; all who will miss her dearly. Elizabeth is also survived by her devoted partner and future fiance, Christopher Sunzere.

Elizabeth registered to be an organ donor. Five organ recipients were given a second chance at life thanks to her generous and kind spirit. It was fitting that the procedure occurred on her birthday, as she was always looking to help others and would have been pleased to know she was able to give these precious gifts.

Elizabeth was a kind and loving individual who will be sorely missed by all. She felt especially passionate about wildlife conservation, for she always thought there to be no greater fulfillment than speaking out for those who cannot speak for themselves. She will not be forgotten, and her family and friends are taking steps to ensure that her legacy carries on by supporting the causes most important to her.

A scholarship for prospective/admitted women law students is being established in her honor at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

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