Lisa L. Walker joined Smithey Law during the year of its inception, and since then has served as an associate and senior associate, before being elevated to partner and leading one of the firm’s practice groups. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, negotiations, and administrative proceedings related to employment law claims, including discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, race, age, disability and other forms of discrimination, with a particular emphasis on equal pay disputes and all forms of sexual harassment. She represents employees in wage claims, whistleblower retaliation, and FMLA retaliation cases. Lisa has been particularly successful representing employees in internal disciplinary appeals, on behalf of both private and government employees. Lisa also works with employees and employers, negotiating and drafting employment and separation agreements and representing clients in contract disputes, as well as revising and drafting employee policies and handbooks that reduce employee disputes and elevate her clients’ workplaces. 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 and the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch.
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 studied organizational behavior, 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.