Lisa has extensive experience developing and implementing comprehensive litigation strategies, drafting court and arbitral submissions, arguing motions, shepherding clients through complex regulatory investigations, preparing and examining witnesses, developing damage and other expert witness testimony, and managing large teams of attorneys and staff.
Her clients have included numerous large publicly-traded corporations, major private equity firms and hedge funds, quasi-governmental entities, and executives of Fortune 500 companies. Lisa’s practice has been a diverse mix of business ligation. She has significant experience with securities enforcement actions, shareholder litigation and derivative suits; complex contractual disputes; litigation challenging intricate financial transactions, including multifaceted, cross-border transactions; and employment matters, including disputes regarding executive compensation and the enforcement of restrictive covenants.
Lisa’s representative matters include:
- Successfully defending foreign hedge fund clients in U.S. state and federal court actions brought by fellow noteholders seeking to challenge her clients’ notes as fraudulently obtained
- Representing an investment firm in investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission into investment practices at public pension funds
- Defending a former executive in a securities class action and related ERISA suit
- Defending multiple corporate transactions challenged by shareholders seeking to block mergers
- Obtaining a favorable arbitration ruling for a quasi-government entity in a breach of contract dispute
Before joining Markowitz Herbold, Lisa practiced for many years at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York City. She relocated to the Pacific Northwest for its pace of life and manifest natural beauty. Lisa is enjoys living in equal proximity to Oregon’s cascade mountain range and rugged Pacific beaches.
Lisa balances her law practice with teaching yoga. She is a certified yoga therapist with an emphasis on therapeutic and restorative yoga. She has advanced training in yoga anatomy and teaching therapeutic yoga to seniors. She not only teaches classes offered at local Portland yoga studios, she volunteers at Living Yoga, a non-profit organization which offers yoga to vulnerable and marginalized citizens including youth and adults in drug treatment and correctional facilities as well as low income residents and members of Portland’s homeless population.
Experience and Affiliations
- Member, Oregon Women Lawyers
- Member, Multnomah Bar Association
- Member, Securities Litigation Committee, New York City Bar Association, 2009-2011
- Certified yoga therapist
- Volunteer, Living Yoga
- Columbia Law School— J.D., 2003; Kent Scholar (for outstanding academic performance); Editor-in-Chief, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
- Smith College — B.A., 1999; High Honors in Government
Admitted to Practice
- New York