Lisa maintains a national trial practice litigating complex commercial cases in state and federal courts, focusing on counterclaim defense and creditors' rights. She counsels clients in a wide range of industries, including insurance companies, print and Internet advertising companies, retail stores, employment agencies, and leasing and financial service institutions.
Lisa represents secured and unsecured creditors in settlement negotiations, litigation, bankruptcy matters, and post-judgment enforcement. She has specific experience in litigation involving insurance premium collection, premium calculations, audit disputes, and insurance broker fraud. Lisa handles all aspects of her cases, including case analysis and risk assessment, drafting of pleadings, discovery, motions practice, trial and settlement negotiations. She has prevailed at various stages in her work in counterclaim defense, including motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment.
Before joining SHB, Lisa spent several years representing franchised automotive dealers in statutory and common-law fraud claims, negligence claims, contract disputes, consumer protection violations, franchise disputes, franchise termination proceedings, arbitration, and transactional matters. She also drafted, reviewed and negotiated employment agreements on behalf of corporate employers, represented employers in EEOC discrimination and wage claim hearings, and counseled employers on employee training, discipline and removal.
During law school, Lisa worked as a law clerk for a local law firm, an intern for a national labor union, and as a student attorney with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia. She was a senior staff member of the ABA Administrative Law Review, a senior editor of the WCL Business Law Brief, president of the WCL Business Law Society, and the treasurer of the WCL chapter of Phi Alpha Delta.
Named a “Rising Star” by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2013
Lisa M. Bass, The Class Action Fairness Act, What’s Fair About It?, 1:3 Washington College of Law's Business Law Brief, Fall 2005, at 24.
How to Comply Under State Law, National Business Institute “Limited Liability Companies” CLE, Washington D.C. (May 2013).
Business Contracts A to Z: Essential Legal Elements and Negotiation Strategies, National Business Institute CLE, Fairfax, Virginia (July 2012).
Fairfax County Bar Association
New York Bar Association
American Bar Association
Lisa is admitted to practice before the state courts of New York, Virginia and the District of Columbia, and the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia, Western District of Virginia and the District of Columbia.
2005 J.D., American University, Washington College of Law
2002 B.S., summa cum laude, William Woods University