Elizabeth Fawn Slack Pignatello


September 8, 2011 // 0 Comments

Slack Pignatello  Elizabeth Fawn Slack Pignatello, 39, of Alexandria, Va., died Sunday, August 7, 2011, in a private airplane crash. Born in Washington, D.C., on October 29, 1971, Elizabeth grew up in Rockford, the daughter of Enid L. Robinson and Robert J. Slack, stepdaughter of Collin Robinson, and sister of the late Erik B. Slack. Elizabeth lived her life to the fullest by Henry Ford’s motto: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” Her can-do attitude led to a successful career as an attorney and a fulfilled life as a mother, daughter, sister and friend. A 1989 graduate of Rockford High School, Elizabeth pursued a B.A. in American culture and history at the University of Michigan, where she served as editor of Michigan Daily and co-chair of the American Culture Society. She graduated magna cum laude in 1993 and returned to her birthplace to attend the Washington College of Law of the American University. There, Elizabeth continued to distinguish herself as editor of Journal of Gender & the Law, student attorney in the Clinical Program and member of Women’s Law Association. After earning her juris doctor in 1996, she was admitted to both the District of Columbia Bar and the Virginia State Bar, and specialized in civil litigation at Ashcraft & Gerel in Washington, D.C. She later joined the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., as a trademark-examining attorney. In 2008, Elizabeth founded an intellectual property law practice and maintained an active corporate and securities law practice, concentrating on securities regulation and compliance. She was also of counsel at Cameron LLP in Washington, D.C. While her list of academic and career accomplishments is long, Elizabeth was most proud of her role as mommy to her beautiful daughter, Isabella Firth, 8, and her exuberant son, Anthony “Nino” Robert, 4. She lit up in their presence and always put their needs first, volunteering in her children’s schools, supporting their interests in sports and the arts, and encouraging their Christian faith. As an active member of Christ Church in Old Town, Alexandria, Elizabeth sought ways to enrich her spirituality. She was an enthusiastic participant in the Christian Family Movement, whose mission is to promote a Christ-centered family life and to improve society through actions […]