Lisa’s appellate practice begins before a case even goes to trial. She participates in trial preparation by researching thorny issues and crafting briefs in support of her clients’ positions. She also writes dispositive motions and develops examinations of witnesses. When necessary, Lisa pursues her clients’ interests through the appellate process.
Lisa joined Sheehy, Ware & Pappas in 2020 after serving as an attorney advisor to administrative law judges in the Social Security Administration. Her experience also includes a nine-month stint at the Small Business Administration, working to help victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria (and other declared disasters) obtain low-interest, home, business, and personal disaster loans as a temporary attorney advisor. Prior to working for the US government, Lisa was a trial lawyer in private practice, handling cases before the US Department of Labor and in Texas courts involving the Defense Base Act, third-party insurance defense, products liability, and homeowners’ association disputes.
Outside of the office, Lisa enjoys Lindy Hopping, grocery shopping at H-E-B, baking desserts, and solving the New York Times crossword puzzle. She also is the chief labeler of whiskey bottles at the Old Humble Distilling Company. Lisa has a Basset hound and four cats.
Houston Swing Dance Society
Alumni volunteer, Honors College at the University of Houston
Global volunteer, Cy-Falls High School Marching Band and Color Guard
Junior League of Houston, Inc.
Reunion committee, Class of 2004 OF Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Lisa was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas for three years and taught courses in Administrative Law, Mock Trial, and Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) preparation.
Labor and Employment
Obtained a defense verdict for a US-government contractor and its insurer against a claim for damages under the Defense Base Act for dental injuries arising from exposure to rocket blasts.
Mediation and Arbitration
Settled a suit on behalf of homeowners seeking control of the homeowner’s association, which the developer had not yet ceded to the homeowners.
Real Estate Litigation
Successfully defended a trail association in a bench trial, after a hung jury, against a homeowner’s claim for extensive damages due to a tree from the trail falling into the plaintiff’s backyard.
Commercial and Business
Prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in favor of the defense on a premises liability case in federal court.
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, JD 2004
University of Houston, BBA cum laude with participation in the Honors College 2001