“We are very pleased to welcome Elena to the RLC board,” said Deborah White, president of the RLC and general counsel for the Retail Industry Leaders Association. “Elena brings significant experience in retail legal issues and deep knowledge of the industry in general and pharmacy in particular. The Retail Litigation Center has achieved significant victories in the courts this year on behalf of America’s retailers, but there is still much to be done.”
Since joining Walgreens in 1991 as a staff attorney, Kraus was director of transactional law and divisional vice president. In that role Kraus led a group of attorneys and legal paraprofessionals charged with providing legal services to the business units of Walgreens. Kraus graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and earned her JD from DePaul University College of Law.
“I look forward to joining the RLC board and welcome the opportunity to be a voice for the retail community throughout the judiciary,” Kraus said.
The RLC was founded in 2010 to serve as the voice of the retail industry in the judicial branch. It complement’s RILA’s representation of the retail community in the legislative and executive branches, according to the organization, which says the RLC helps courts understand the retail community and the issues of greatest importance to it.
The RLC recently celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, a case that focused on a decades-old loophole that allowed online-only retailers to avoid collecting and remitting state sales tax. The RLC and its sister organization RILA spent years on the case, writing amicus briefs at various stages to support the court’s decision, which was seen as a major win for brick and mortar retailers. To date the RLC has represented the retail industry in more than 100 amicus briefs that have been filed in federal and state appellate courts on a broad range of issues, including labor and employment, tax, intellectual property, data security, and more.