Lisa L. Walker joined Smithey Law Group in 2018, where she focuses on civil litigation and settlement negotiations related to employment law claims, including discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, race, age, disability and specific issues including sexual harassment and equal pay disputes. She represents employees in whistleblower retaliation cases, wage claims, as well as private and government employee disciplinary appeals. Lisa also works with employees and small businesses, negotiating and drafting employment and separation agreements, and represents clients in contract disputes. Before going into private practice, Lisa served as a judicial law clerk on the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland — for the Honorable Stuart R. Berger from 2016-2017 and the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch from 2017-2018.
Practice Areas, Bar Admissions, and Education
- Employment Law
- Maryland (2016)
- Tennessee (2017)
- District of Columbia (D.C. Bar) (2020)
- U.S. District Court, Maryland (2022)
- Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), Labor & Employment Law Section
- American Bar Association
- National LGBTQ+ Bar Association
- American Association For Justice (AAJ)
Education and Background
Lisa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2016, where she served as a Law Review Editor and a Rule 16 student attorney in the Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic. As a student attorney, she represented low-income clients in civil and administrative cases and negotiated on behalf of clients in state and federal minimum wage cases, defended clients from unemployment benefits recoupment, and advocated before the Maryland Senate for fee shifting legislation to permit greater access to the legal system for plaintiffs. Lisa also interned at the Court of Appeals of Maryland with the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland, where she assisted with the Office’s investigations of emerging Labor and Employment and Consumer Protection issues.
Lisa grew up in Tennessee and received her Bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in 2011. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Sociology at MTSU in 2013, during which she conducted research on inequality issues in the workforce and completed a thesis examining sexual harassment among female servers in the sports bar industry. In her time off, she enjoys woodworking, March Madness, spending time with her wife and traveling with friends.
“Representing the Accused In the #MeToo Era,” with Joyce E. Smithey, Esq., Maryland Bar Journal Magazine (Winter 2019).
“The Impact of #MeToo for Plaintiffs’ Attorneys & Victims of Sexual Harassment,” Trial Reporter (Summer 2020).
“Likely More at Play than Fewer Employee Interactions: A Look at the Decrease In Sexual Harassment Charges Filed During Fiscal Year 2020,” MSBA Lab. & Empt. Law Section Newsletter (Spring 2021).