Lisa Bertini

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Georgetown University (B.A.), cum laude, 1983

Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary (J.D.), 1987

Areas of Emphasis:

Employment Law,Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Discrimination Law, Title IX


Texas (1987)

Virginia (1989)

District of Columbia Bar (1990)

District of Columbia; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia;
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit;
Supreme Court of Virginia, Supreme Court of the U.S.

Reported Cases:

Joann Hall v. Stormont Trice Corporation d/b/a Norfolk Marriott Hotel, 976 F. Supp. 383 (E.D. Va. 1997); Kenneth W. Branch v. Busch Entertainment Corporation, 76 F.3d 371 (4th Cir. 1996); Carol Sibert Bregel v. Busch Entertainment Corporation, 444 S.E.2d 718 (Va. 1994); Michelle Sandow-Pajewski v. Busch Entertainment Corporation, 55 F. Supp. 2d 422 (E.D. Va. 1999); Nancy J. Neal v. Xerox Corporation, 155 F.3d 560 (4th Cir. 1998); Amanda R. Rodgers v. Food Lion, Incorporated, 103 F.3d 119 (4th Cir. 1996).


• Virginia Bar Association Labor and Employment Secretary / Treasurer (present)
• Virginia Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Council (2016-present)
• Virginia State Bar Council 4th District (July 1, 2014 – June 1, 2015) 
• Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Employment Law section, Co-Chair (2014 - 2015)
• Litigation Counsel of America, Member
• Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Board of Governors, Member (2014)
• Virginia Employment Lawyers Association (VELA) Board Member
• American Bar Association - Litigation Section
• Federal Bar Association; Tidewater Chapter, President (1999-2000)
• Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
• National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA)
• Georgetown University Alumni Interview Team (2000 - 2015)
• Virginia Bar Association Committee on Federal Judgeships, Eastern District (2011)
• Boyd Graves Conference, Virginia Bar Association - Civil Litigation Section (2007-2012)

Professional Honors:

• Named to Coastal Virginia's top lawyers 2018
• Virginia Legal Elite 2000-2017 in Employment Law by Virginia Business Magazine
• Nominated for “Best Lawyers” in Labor & Employment Law for 2010 - 2018
• Named a Top 25 Female Lawyer in Virginia for 2007 - 2011, 2017 and 2018 by SuperLawyers® Magazine

• Named a Top 50 Female Lawyer in Virginia for 2012 - 2015, 2017 and 2018 by SuperLawyers® Magazine

• Named by SuperLawyers Magazine® in 2006 - 2018 as one of the Top Lawyers in Virginia
• Named by SuperLawyers Magazine® in 2012 - 2018 as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Virginia 

• Named by Lawdragon® as one of the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in America 2007
• Named a Legal Eagle: Most Respected Legal Eagle for Eastern Virginia under Employment Law for Individuals for 2012 by Virginia Living
• AV Rating With Martindale-Hubbell

 since 1998
• Named a Top Lawyer for 2015-2017 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVABiz Magazine

Civic Memberships:

• Chairperson, The Holocaust Commission
• Board Member, The Parent Advisory Council at Norfolk Academy (2012 - 2015)

Publications and Lectures:

  • Author of book chapter in Inside the Minds: Representing Employees in Discrimination Cases. The chapter she authored is called Key Considerations for Plaintiff’s Attorneys in Employment Discrimination/Harassment Litigation.
  • 19th Annual Employment Law Update in Richmond, Faculty
  • Guest faculty, Federal Civil Procedure class at William and Mary Law School
  • Judge, Black Law Students Association Mock Trials, February 2010
  • Guest panelist for the William and Mary Law School program: Choosing Small, Choosing Smart: Small Firm Job Search Strategies
  • Presenter, Employment Section at the VBA in Williamsburg on the Duties of Loyalty in Virginia
  • Guest Faculty, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary
  • Journal of Local Government Law, VSB, Vol. X, No. 2 (December 1999), "Sexual Harassment in School: When One Trip to the Principal’s Office is Not Enough"
  • Personal:

  • Born on March 22, 1961, Vineland, New Jersey.
  • Favorite Quotes:

  • "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home -- so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere." -- Eleanor Roosevelt, "Where Do Rights Begin?" in Courage in a Dangerous World: The Political Writings of Eleanor Roosevelt, at 190 (Allida M. Black, ed., 1999)

    “You see, an economy built to last is one where we encourage the talent and ingenuity of every person in this country. That means women should earn equal pay for equal work." -- Pres. Barack H. Obama, in State of the Union address, Jan. 24, 2012