Lisa Bertini

Lisa Bertini Profile Photo Bertini law FirmEducation

Georgetown University (B.A.), cum laude, 1983
Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary (J.D.), 1987

Areas of Emphasis:

Employment Law, Contract 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.

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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); Sean Mohammed vs. Central Drive Mini Storage, Inc., No.2:2013 cv 00469 (E.D. VA. 2014); Earl Stephenson, et al v. DLP Enterprises, Inc., (E.D. VA Feb. 26,2016); Richendollar v. Bertini, 27 F.3d 563 (C.A. 4 (VA.)), 1994; Wyche v. Crown Cent. Petroleum Corp., 36 F.3d 1096 (C.A. 4 (VA.)) 1994; Choimbol v. Fairfield Resorts, Inc., 428 F.Supp. 2d 437 (E.D. VA.) 2006; Lester v. TMG, Inc., 896 F.Supp. 2d 482 (E.D. VA., 2012); Western Branch Holdings v. Trans Marketing Houston, 722 F.Supp. 1339 (E.D. VA., 1989); Hagan v. Feld Entertainment, Inc., 365 F. Supp. 2d 700 (E.D. VA., 2005).


• American Arbitration Association (ICFDR) (Arbitrator)
• 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:

• Virginia Legal Elite 2000-2018 in Employment Law by Virginia Business Magazine
• Nominated for “Best Lawyers” in Labor & Employment Law for 2010 – 2019
• 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 2015-2019 by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVABiz Magazine

Civic Memberships:

• Chairperson, The Holocaust Commission

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/Trial Advocacy) at William & Mary Law School,2013-2016
  • 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
  • Adjunct Faculty, (Mediation) Marshall –Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary (Fall 2016)
  • 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”
  • Presenter at Annual VBA Employment Conference (September 2016, 2017)
  • Presenter at Annual SHRM meeting on Updates in Employment Law (August 2017, 2018)
  • Professor Adjunct: William & Mary Law School, Fall 2016
  • Interviewed by the Virginia Business magazine; The article is entitled, A New Era for Noncompetes
  • Interviewed with WAVY TV10 to discuss the following topics “Employers want your Facebook password” and “Local lawyer discusses Facebook privacy”
  • Co-created and participated on a panel titled “Glass Ceilings and Glass Slippers” at the Litigation Counsel of America’s 2015 Spring Conference & Celebration of Fellows
  • Created and participated on a panel at the Virginia Bar Association 45th Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law Fall 2015 presenting “Sexism in Law”
  • Interviewed by the New York Times for, The Résumé and References Check Out. How About Social Media? posted February 19, 2016
  • Presenter, Virginia Employment Commission 2018 Employer Conference, Engaging Employers: Managing Relationships; Employee Side – Differing Attorney Perspectives on Discipline and Discharge and the Potential Consequences Thereof
  • Lisa Bertini was honored in December 2019 along with 25 other women in Hampton Roads by Inside Business to encourage her continuation in participating in the economic growth of this region and the mentoring of other women in business. Read MoreWhere, 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