A member of the firm’s Litigation Group, Lisa’s practice focuses on the areas of employment, construction, personal injury, and product liability (toxic tort) litigation. She has served as first- and second-chair counsel in both jury and bench trials, and has handled dozens of arbitration hearings across Western Pennsylvania.
Lisa’s employment counseling and litigation background is extensive. She has experience representing clients concerning hiring, compensation, confidentiality, and non-compete agreements, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, employee classification and exemptions, progressive discipline, termination, and requests for leave and accommodation. She drafts employment handbooks, policies, and contracts. Lisa’s advice to clients concerns a variety of statutory compliance matters and employment laws, including issues involving Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, Pennsylvania Wage Payment and Collection Law, Family Medical Leave Act, and several others. She represents employers and employees before the Equal Employment Opportunity, Pennsylvania Human Relations, and Civil Service Commissions. She routinely appears on behalf of clients for unemployment compensation hearings, OSHA investigations, and investigations by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division.
Lisa has extensive experience litigating personal injury actions on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, including those involving wrongful death and survival claims. She handles personal injury claims arising from motor vehicle accidents, premises defects, and dangerous and defective products. She accurately values cases and assesses if a case is more appropriate for settlement or trial early in the litigation process.
Additionally, Lisa negotiates and drafts construction contracts. She also advises and represents owners in complex construction litigation claims of design error, omission, delay, defective workmanship, and bond disputes. Lisa defends breach of contract claims in a number of commercial contexts, as well. She understands how deals come together and aims for early resolution of disputes, but helps clients effectively mitigate risk if litigation is inevitable.
St. Vincent College, 2005, cum laude, B.A. in Public Policy Analysis, Economics and Public Administration concentration: George Washington Fellowship Recipient; Honored for Academic Excellence in Public Policy Analysis; Pi Sigma Alpha National Polical Science Honor Society; Alpha Lambda Delta - National Honor Society; Alpha Phi Omega - Chapter Vice President
Duquesne University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008: Moot Court Team; Louis L. Manderino Honor Society; Women’s Law Association Volunteer
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Third Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Bar Association: Construction, Young Lawyers, Civil Litigation, Labor & Employment Divisions
Claims and Litigation Managment Alliance
American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA)
Pennsylvania State University: substitute professor – Professional Development course
Duquesne University School of Law Student Mentor
Elizabeth Township Historical Society
Hampton Middle School Mock Trial Coach
White Oak Rotary: Presenter - What Small Business Owners Need to Know about Compliance and Employment Law
Pittsburgh Paralegal Association: Presenter - Preliminary Injunctions: From Complaint to Trial in 60 Days