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 has also completed the rigorous training required to join the elite roster of AAA Arbitration panelists for 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.
Much of Ms. Savitt’s 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 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 Women’s Association.
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
- Bachelor of Arts
New York Law School
- Juris Doctorate
- Washington, DC
- New York
- 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
- Member and former Chair, 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.
- “Practising Law Institute, Product Liability Litigation: Current Law, Strategies and Best Practices, Second Edition, Vol. 2, Ch. 37: Global Reach: Foreign Defendants in the United States, 2021”
- “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 (co-published with Sheryl Axelrod 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)
- Chapter on Personal Jurisdiction, Litigating the Aviation Case, Fourth Edition, published August 2017 (author)
- “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)
- “Attorney-Client Privilege for the In-House Counsel is Not Absolute in Foreign Jurisdictions” , The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (2007)(co-author)
- The International Law Prof Blog Article
- “Global Reach: Networking and educational opportunities from the ABA’s international section.”
- “No Layover: The Ins & Outs of International Careers in Law – An Interview with Lisa Savitt”