Lisa L. Peterson

Lisa L. Peterson



Practice Groups

Lisa L. Peterson, an associate in the firm’s Employment and Labor, General Liability, and Retail and Hospitality Practice Groups, focuses her practice on representing private and public entities in civil litigation matters involving employment and labor, general casualty and premises liability, civil rights, and professional liability claims. She has extensive experience handling employment claims involving wrongful termination, retaliation, Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Title VII, sexual harassment, and discrimination based on gender, race, and national origin. Lisa also handles some areas of labor law, such as wage and hour claims, before the Labor Commissioner.

Lisa’s background also includes counseling and defending public entities in both state and federal courts in matters involving wrongful death, dangerous conditions, automobile, and other general liability claims. She has not only won numerous motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment on behalf of her clients, many of which have been upheld by appellate courts, but is also a proven trial attorney and has successfully tried several cases to verdict.

Prior to entering private practice, Lisa served as a judicial extern for federal judges in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She earned her bachelor’s in political science from University of California, Santa Barbara before going on to earn her juris doctor at Loyola University School of Law, where she competed internationally in the Vis Moot Court Competition in Hong Kong.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained favorable verdict for an employer in a 7-day disability discrimination jury trial wherein the plaintiff sought over $4 million in damages
  • Strategically resolved a premises liability lawsuit involving molestation for an employer by securing a minimal settlement amount after the case proceeded to jury deliberations following a 2-day jury trial
  • Obtained favorable verdict for a law enforcement agency in a jury trial involving First and Fourth Amendment rights wherein the plaintiff sought millions at mediation
  • Obtained dismissal of race and gender discrimination case after filing summary judgment motion
  • Prevailed on summary judgment on behalf of Child Protective Services in a sexual abuse case
  • Successfully resolved a $3 million construction defect case for nuisance value
  • Prevailed at the demurrer stage in a prospective class action lawsuit involving probation department fees
  • Obtained a nuisance value settlement for a childcare facility on the eve of trial for amount much less than previously offered at mediation
  • Successfully resolved a traumatic brain injury lawsuit following strategic early surveillance of Plaintiff
  • Resolved multiple claims for nominal amounts prior to expending unnecessary attorney’s fees and costs
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
Professional Affiliations
  • Board of Food Industry Risk Management Association (FIRMA)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
Admitted to Practice
  • California
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 2012
  • University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2009
  • Chinese – Cantonese
  • Chinese – Mandarin
  • "Best Practices and the Application of New #MeToo Laws," RLPSA & FIRMA Connect, Redondo Beach, CA, May 14, 2019
  • "Employment Practices Law Update/Year in Review," National Retail and Restaurant Defendant Association Annual Conference, West Palm Beach, FL, 2019
  • “Employment Law Updates in the Era of Trump, Dreams and the #MeToo Movement,” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, 2018
  • “Looking Back … Looking Forward on the Americans with Disabilities Act,” CLM National Conference, Houston, TX, 2018