BAR ADMISSIONS

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

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • 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

AFFILIATIONS

  • Former Chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law
  • ABA Section of International Law liaison to the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Chair, International Committee, DirectWomen
  • Member, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative Middle East and North Africa Council
v: 202.765.2727
f: 215.238.1779

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.

EDUCATION

George Washington University

  • Bachelors of Arts

New York Law School

  • Juris Doctorate

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

“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)