Partner, McDermott Will & Emery
Lisa A. Linsky is a partner in the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP and a resident in the New York City office. As a member of the Litigation and Trial Group, Lisa focuses her practice on complex litigation, including commercial, products liability, trusts and estates and LGBT civil rights litigation. Her practice also entails conducting investigations involving a diverse range of topics including employment issues, sexual harassment and child abuse claims.
In 2015, Lisa co-lead a team of McDermott lawyers that wrote an amicus brief submitted 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 which establish a paper trail of animus and discrimination exhibited against LGBT Americans dating back to the 1940s.
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 7 years, 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. In 2014, Lisa became a member of the Board of Directors for the LGBT Community Center of NYC, and is now a member of the Executive Committee. She co-chairs The Center’s annual Fall Women’s Event. Lisa has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the organizations she has served and is a seasoned fundraiser.