Lisa has been the General Counsel of numerous companies--large and emerging, domestic and global--counseling them through founding, fundraising, operations and successful exit. Lisa advises business leaders and entrepreneurs, developing business-oriented, strategic solutions to legal issues. She is recognized for her intellect, drive, and personal attention to her clients.
A seasoned corporate lawyer, she began her career on Wall Street working on financings and public offerings. Lisa built her career in-house at Amoco/BP, working at US headquarters in Chicago and European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. She moved to Seattle to be Starbucks’ first international lawyer, a member of the business development team negotiating the joint venture and licensing deals that brought Starbucks to Asia Pacific and the acquisition of London-based Seattle Coffee Company, Starbucks’ first entry in Europe. Lisa then joined the Corporate/Securities group of Perkins Coie, doing venture and debt financings and M&A.
Lisa’s General Counsel posts include Callison, a private equity-backed international architecture and design firm, which she helped turn around. After the successful sale of Callison to a Dutch public company she served as Eddie Bauer’s interim General Counsel. Until the end of 2019 she was Chief Legal Officer at an East Coast fintech. She returned to Seattle and private practice in 2020.
During their exciting start-up and early stages, Lisa has served as outside General Counsel and advisor to a diverse suite of companies, including an education platform SaaS company, a biodiesel manufacturing company, and an online social network company. Lisa is currently a member of the advisory board of ZenDoc, a machine learning-enabled contract management start-up.
Pursuing her dedication to public service, Lisa joined the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer, posted to the US Embassy in Paris. Deeply committed to public education, Lisa was elected twice to the Mercer Island School Board, where she was made President. She has also served on other nonprofit boards. Currently, she is helping launch, and serving as General Counsel to, Restart.us, a nonprofit formed to help reopen the Washington State and US economies in the wake of Covid-19.
Lisa holds a BA in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a JD from Georgetown. She attended SAIS, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy. She holds a certificate in international law from the Parker School at Columbia Law School. She speaks good French, decent Spanish and passing Italian. Her expired diplomatic passport sits in her desk drawer.
Lisa is delighted to offer her extensive background and passion for helping businesses grow and thrive to her clients at 300degrees. She is admitted to the bar in Washington and New York.
Lisa lives in Seattle and has three grown sons. On the weekends you can find her in a yoga studio, in the kitchen, or outdoors in the beautiful PNW hiking, cycling, or skiing.