After graduating from law school, Liz Sorrell (now motorcycle and personal injury attorney) was encouraged by a mentor to become a prosecutor before entering private practice. And prosecuting is trial by fire: An active court room for an office. An environment that teaches a young attorney to think on their feet. And a place to build a deep understanding of state and federal statutes, effectively work with all involved parties, and learn the intricacies of criminal and civil law.
Liz tried thousands of cases as a prosecutor and gained extensive experience in front of juries. In 2003, her then-supervisor Matt Danielson left to join Motorcycle Law Group. “I was so mad he left, I sent him black roses,” she recalls. But a few years later, Danielson called up and offered her a job representing motorcyclists. A non-rider, Liz was reluctant to join the practice at first, but a motorcycle safety class later and she became the firm’s first female attorney.
Liz represents injured riders and affected families in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Georgia. She is also a registered lobbyist in North Carolina, advocating for the rights of riders and helping improve the public image of motorcyclists through the Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE of NC.
- Concerned Biker Association/ABATE of North Carolina
- Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM)
- Hampton Roads Harley Owners Group (HOG)
- Motorcycle Riders Foundation
- Member, Liberty Baptist Church
- B.A., Marshall University
- J.D., Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Liz had never ridden a bike before she joined Motorcycle Law Group in 2007. But motorcycling is, of course, a professional requirement for employment here. “When they asked me to join the firm, they told me I’d need to take a motorcycle safety course,” Liz says. She did so with her husband one weekend and enjoyed it, and the firm bought her a ‘98 Harley-Davidson Springer upon joining the firm.
“A bunch of men bought me a huge bike, with ape hangers, extended front forks,” she jokes.” I had no business on that bike, but didn’t know any different and rode it for years.”
She sold the Springer and dabbled with Hondas and others and eventually wound up with a 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. In her early years at the firm, she was constantly around male riders, but noticed that over the years, more and more women took a liking to the lifestyle. She’s now an active part of the Harley-Davidson sisterhood and loves the camaraderie of the motorcycling community. She attends two all-women rallies a year.
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