Notable Honors & Affiliations


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Lisa Savitt is a Partner in The Axelrod Firm’s Washington, DC office where she handles international and domestic litigation and alternative dispute resolution, representing foreign and domestic companies in matters involving complex legal, regulatory and technical issues in state and federal courts around the U.S.  She has worked with key in-house lawyers and business heads to understand the impact of litigation on the core business of companies and to strategize on resolution of issues to the satisfaction of both business and legal needs.  She has worked with counsel around the U.S. and in many foreign countries. Her extensive industry experience includes representing clients in the aviation, insurance, chemical, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.  Ms. Savitt has handled multi-party product liability cases, tort cases and commercial disputes.   She is also a panelist with the American Arbitration Association Commercial Disputes, Consumer and Large, Complex Commercial Disputes.

Ms. Savitt has represented Fortune 500 companies in contractual disputes and has advised, counseled and offered training to clients on commercial and business-related issues such as the risks in language of agreements including indemnity provisions, limitation of liability clauses, arbitration clauses, insurance and other pertinent contractual provisions.  She has served as an expert in an international arbitration involving a breach of contract claim and opined on the interpretation of exculpatory clauses in the contract under U. S. law.

Ms. Savitt’s litigation experience includes working with experts in a number of fields including accident reconstruction experts, economic experts, forensic pathologists, medical experts, metallurgical experts, neurological and psychological experts, property damage experts, and software engineers. She has handled litigation ranging from a lawsuit involving a computer software provider and the issue of whether damages could include consequential damages such as business interruption, multi-district litigation involving claims for alleged damage due to a commercial herbicide and major cases with cross-border issues and multiple U.S state issues.

We also have experience handling multi-district litigation ranging from representing a trade association in claims its pharmaceutical product was defective, to counseling the manufacturer of a commercial herbicide through claims for alleged damages due to the product’s widespread use.

Much of her international work involves issues relating to the application of various treaties, jurisdictional challenges, the doctrine of forum non conveniens, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and enforcement of foreign judgments. Ms. Savitt’s work has included counseling clients and working with counsel globally on matters involving cross border litigation and application of law from both civil and common law jurisdictions.

Ms. Savitt is a frequent speaker and writer. Ms. Savitt is a former Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law. Currently, Ms. Savitt is on the Board of the of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative and a member of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. Ms. Savitt is a member of the International Committee of DirectWomen. She is a founding member and former President of the International Aviation Womens Association.

In 1983, Ms. Savitt clerked for Magistrate Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and her B.A. in East Asian Studies from George Washington University.


  • Washington, DC
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Qualified as Solicitor in England and Wales (currently non-practicing)


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Eastern District of New York
  • Southern District of New York
  • Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • Former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • Member and former Chair, International Committee, DirectWomen
  • Board Member, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative 
  • Member, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
  • Chair of the Board, A Child for All, Inc.


Mayday, Mayday! Minimizing air carriers’ exposure by protecting their whistleblowers – lessons gleaned from AIR21, The American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Aviation and Space Law, Winter 2020 (published in the Spring of 2020)

“U.S. Supreme Court decision on Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act,” Law360 (March 29, 2019)(author)

“The New World of Personal Jurisdiction in the United States,” Union Internationale des Avocats Juriste International (2018)(author)

“International Arbitration & Cross-Border Litigation — Highlighting the Differences,”  NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois (2018)(panelist)

“3D printing in Aviation:  Perspectives on Insurance, Manufacturing and Product Liability with this Emerging Technology” AVICON Conference, Stevensville, Maryland (2018)(panelist)

“There’s No Place Like Home: Challenges to Jurisdiction in Life Sciences Litigation,” The American Bar Association Section of International Law Life Sciences Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark (2018)(panelist)

“Aviation Challenges and Legal Responses,” International Aviation Womens Association 29th Annual Conference, Berlin, Germany (2017)(panelist)

Chapter on Personal Jurisdiction, Litigating the Aviation Case, Fourth Edition, published August 2017 (author)

“Helicopter Crash Ligitation,” AVICON Conference, Stevensville, Maryland (2017)(panelist)

“Trying the Aviation Case:  Ethical and Practical Pitfalls from Experienced Aviation Counsel,” Aviation Insurance Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2017)(moderator)

“Ethics and Rashomon Effect: The Lawyer’s Role in Witness Preparation,”  ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Tokyo, Japan (2016)(panelist)

“The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act: Origins, Expectations and Surprises, The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act at Forty: U.S. and International Perspectives,” Center for Transnational Business and the Law, Institute for International Economic Law Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. (2016)(moderator)

“The Challenges of Defending Litigation in the Mexican, Canadian and US Judicial Systems,” ABA Section of International Law North America Forum, Vancouver, B.C. (2014)(panelist)

“Are Quotas for Women on Boards the Answer in Latin America? Leveraging Best Practices Across Regions,” ABA Section of International Law Fall Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014)(panelist)

“Independence and Diversity in the Boardroom:  What Next?” LawAsia Conference, Singapore (2013)(panelist)

“In the Tentacles of the U.S. Civil Justice System and How EU Companies Can Prepare For It – An Update,” Wolf Theiss Litigation Forum, Vienna, Austria (2013)(panelist)

“Litigation Risks for Foreign Companies Seeking to Sell Services or Products to the U.S. Market,” St. Petersburg International Legal Forum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2012)(showcase speaker)

“The International Aviation Market: How to Counsel Your Clients on the Pitfalls and Litigation Risks of Doing Business in the BRIC Countries,” ACI 4th Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Aviation Litigation, Boston (2012)(panelist and moderator)

“Turning the Tables on Discovery Using U.S. and German Proceedings to Your Advantage,” ABA/German Bar Association Conference, Frankfurt, Germany (2010)(moderator)

“Concept of Personal Jurisdiction in the United States,” IBA/ABA Transnational Litigation Conference, Vienna, Austria (2009)(panelist)

“The Perils of Going Global:  Personal Jurisdiction May Exist for Foreign Companies in U.S. Courts”, Journal of the Dispute Resolution Section of the International Bar Association (2008)(author)

“Caution: In-House Communications May be Dangerous to Your Legal Health – When In-House Communications May Not be Privileged in a Global Environment,” ABA Section of International Law Fall Conference, Brussels (2008)(moderator)

 “The Attorney-Client Privilege and Privacy Laws in the Global Economy,” Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association and DC Bar, Corporate, Finance and Securities Section Joint Program (2008)(panelist)

“Attorney-Client Privilege for the In-House Counsel is Not Absolute in Foreign Jurisdictions” , The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (2007)(co-author)


George Washington University

  • Bachelor of Arts

New York Law School

  • Juris Doctorate