Lisa J. 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. Much of her international work involves issues relating to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, application of various treaties, jurisdictional challenges, the doctrine of forum non conveniens and enforcement of foreign judgments. Her extensive industry experience includes representing clients in the aviation, insurance, chemical, agriculture and manufacturing sectors. 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.
Her foreign legal experience spans work in many jurisdictions including Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, England, Ethiopia, France, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Peru, Poland, Taiwan, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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, she serves as the ABA Section of International Law liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. Ms. Savitt is also a member of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative Middle East and North Africa Council and the ABA Tort Insurance Practice Section. Ms. Savitt is the Chair of the International Committee of DirectWomen. She is a founding member and former President of the International Aviation Women’s 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.