• 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
  • Member, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Africa Council
  • Chair of the Board, A Child for All, Inc.
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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, Ms. Savitt is a member of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative  Africa Council and a member of the ABA Tort 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 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.


George Washington University

  • Bachelors of Arts

New York Law School

  • Juris Doctorate


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)