K. Elise Norcini

Associate Chicago
Elise.Norcini dbr.com
Phone: (312) 569-1294


K. Elise Norcini provides representation to a variety of corporate, institutional and tax-exempt clients regarding employee benefits and executive compensation issues. Prior to joining Drinker Biddle, Elise was in-house legal counsel at The Northern Trust Company and, in part, represented Northern in its role as a service provider to employee benefit plans. While in law school, Elise was a student extern for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration.


Since joining the firm, Elise has provided representation on a variety of issues including the design and administration of qualified and nonqualified plans, drafting plan documents, participant disclosures, and government filings under corrective programs, identifying employee benefits issues within the context of corporate transactions, addressing health and welfare plan issues under the Affordable Care Act and COBRA, and addressing issues of regulatory compliance with ERISA fiduciary and prohibited transaction rules.


CALI Excellence for the Future Award (2009)

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois


  • John Marshall Law School, LL.M., Employee Benefits, 2012, with honors
  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2011, cum laude, Order of John Marshall, The John Marshall Law Review – Staff Editor
  • Wheaton College, B.A., 2005, cum laude


  • Worldwide Employee Benefits Network

Elise's Areas of Focus