Lisa A. Linsky is a partner in the New York office of international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP. As a member of the Trial Group, she focuses her practice on complex litigation, including commercial,products liability, trusts and estates and civil rights litigation with a focus on LGBT issues, and business-related investigations.
Lisa is a frequent public speaker, published author and creator of The Huffington Post blog, “Out and About: LGBT Legal”. She recently co-lead a team of McDermott lawyers who submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in the Obergefell consolidated marriage cases. The brief has been referred to by members of the media as the “Animus Amicus” and was submitted on behalf of McDermott client, The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. The partnership between the Mattachine Society and McDermott entails “archive activism” and the rescue of historic governmental documents demonstrating a paper trail of animus and discrimination exhibited against LGBT Americans dating back to the 1940s. The work of the Mattachine Society and McDermott has been featured in a Yahoo News! Documentary entitled, “Uniquely Nasty: The U.S. Government’s War on Gays.”
Lisa was McDermott’s first Partner-in-Charge of Firm-wide Diversity and created and chaired the Firm-wide Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Diversity and Inclusion Committee from 2006-2014. For 7years, Lisa was also a Member and Officer of the Board of Directors for Lambda Legal, the leading LGBT civil rights legal organization in the United States. She is now a member of Lambda Legal’s National Leadership Council and the co-chair of the organization’s National Law Firm Committee and National Liberty Awards. In 2014, Lisa became a member of the Board of Directors for the LGBT Community Center of NYC and co-chairs the annual Women’s Event for The Center.
Lisa comes to McDermott with extensive trial and public speaking experience. She was formerly with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, where she ran the Special Prosecutions Division which included the Child Abuse, Elder Abuse and Sex Crimes Bureaus.
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