Eli-Kay-Oliphant
Eli Kay Oliphant | Biography

Quick Information

  • Full Name Eli Kay Oliphant
  • Occupation Lawyer
  • Nationality American
Lawyer, Husband of Actress Marina Squerciati

Eli Kay Oliphant | Biography

Oliphant's wife actress Marina Squerciati is well known for portraying Officer Kim Burgess in five television shows

Eli Kay Oliphant's career encompasses his experience corresponding to the representation of both convicts and victims in state and federal courts and mediation and arbitration across the country. His practice specializes in high-stakes contractual disputes, commercial fraud, and other corporate torts. His experience further includes practicing law in the realms of financial services, aviation, energy, health care, technology, and media industries, among many others.


Eli Kay Oliphant is a Chicago-based lawyer and husband of actress Marina Squerciati.

Who is Eli Kay Oliphant?

Kay Oliphant is a Chicago-based lawyer who worked in firms such as Paul Hastings, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Kobre & Kim LLP, Massey & Gail LLP, and Sparacino PLLC. He has adequate experience in state and federal courts and is licensed to practice in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth, and Seventh Circuits. He is also engaged with United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the District of Columbia.

Kay Oliphant is married to actress Marina Squerciati who is famous for her role Officer Kim Burgess in five television shows, namely, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit released in 1999, Chicago Fire in 2012, Chicago P.D. in 2014, Chicago Med in 2015, and Chicago Justice in 2017.

Early life and Education 

Kay Oliphant completed his bachelor's level education in Political Science (BA) from Northwestern University. He graduated from the University in 2001 and was a member of the Northwestern Debate Society during his time at the university. He was also an honoree of the Hardy Debate Scholar.

He then went to Emory University School of Law to pursue Juris Doctor and graduated with honors in 2005. He secured a position on the Dean's list and won 'Dean's Awards for Excellence in Trial Techniques, Contracts, and Corporate Practice' and earned the William Agnor Scholar there. During his period at Emory, he was the editor-in-chief of the Emory Law Journal.

Career

Kay Oliphant is a Chicago-based lawyer. His early career entails his performance as an intern/Summer Associate at Paul Hastings from June to August 2003 and O'Melveny & Myers LLP from June to August 2004. He then spent two years as an Associate at O'Melveny & Myers LLP, from 2005 to 2007. Subsequently, he was a law clerk for the Honorable W. Eugene Davis at Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals from 2007 to 2008 and served as an Associate at Latham & Walkins from 2008 to 2013. His next Associate designation was at Kobre & Kim LLP from January 2013 to September 2014. Consecutively, he contributed as a partner to law firms Massey & Gail LLP from 2014 to 2020 and Sparacino PLLC from 2020 to date.

Furthermore, he is a part of the Illinois, New York, and Washington, D.C.-based bars and practices legal advances in Second, Fifth, and Seventh Circuits of United States Courts of Appeals. He is also engaged with United States District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the District of Columbia.

His Specialisation

For the past fifteen years, Kay Oliphant has represented the most difficult cases. His career encompasses his experience corresponding to the representation of both convicts and victims in state and federal courts and mediation and arbitration across the country. His practice specializes in high-stakes contractual disputes, commercial fraud, and other corporate torts. His experience further includes practicing law in the realms of financial services, aviation, energy, health care, technology, and media industries, among others. He has also fought cases involving airline pre-emption, sophisticated financial instruments like credit default swaps, and residential mortgage-backed securities, and many more.

Highlights of his career

On behalf of an Energy company and an Illinois non-profit organization, Oliphant had won a claim alleging breaches of the Illinois Open Meetings Act by the Illinois Commerce Commission and negotiated an advantageous arrangement that included payment of the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees. He also helped a private equity group win an $8 million arbitration proceeding in a breach-of-contract case involving the sale of a healthcare company. 

Accordingly, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, he defended Southwest Airlines as the first Chair in two distinct consumer class action suits. In one case, all the case-affiliated parties, namely, the Southwest, the class, and oppositions, reached a satisfactory settlement. He also successfully upheld the settlement in an appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal. In the latter case, he put forth a motion to dismiss the case and won it with prejudice with a further presentation of appeal to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Fox News Case

In May 2017, a lawsuit was filed against Fox News Channel in connection with the coverage on the assassination of Seth Rich, a young Democratic Party assistance.

Rich was shot and murdered in a shootout in Washington, D.C., in July 2016, which the Police Department suspected to be the result of an aggravated robbery gone wrong. In May 2017, Fox News promoted a debunked right-wing conspiracy theory claiming that Rich was complicit in releasing multitudes of DNC emails to WikiLeaks and was murdered as a result.

The lawsuit was filed by the victim's parents that included charges for defamation and emotional distress caused by the misleading coverage. The suit was rejected at the initial hearing, but in 2019, the Second Circuit decision reinstated the claims. Both parties reached an agreement in 2020, and Kay-Oliphant played an instrumental role in the settlement held in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Personal Life

Kay-Oliphant is married to actress Marina Squerciati, who is known for portraying Officer Kim Burgess in five television shows, namely, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit released in 1999, Chicago Fire in 2012, Chicago P.D. in 2014, Chicago Med in 2015, and Chicago Justice in 2017. 

They met while doing their undergraduate courses at Northwestern University under separate faculties. They got married in 2016 and welcomed their first child, a daughter, in 2017.

Fact-checking and Ethical Concerns

We assure our audience that we will remove any contents that are not accurate or according to formal reports and queries if they are justified. We commit to cover sensible issues responsibly through the principles of neutrality.

To report about any issues in our articles, please feel free to Contact Us. Our dedicated Editorial team verifies each of the articles published on the Biographyhost.