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Our featured attorney is Lisa Reid!  She is presently a litigator in the Labor Relations Section of the Attorney General’s Office, representing the State Employment Relations Board and the Ohio Department of Commerce.  She was kind enough to share with us her thoughts, and some advice for new attorneys.

Historically, Lisa has been an avid volunteer serving numerous bar associations. Most recently, she serves on the OSBA Council Of Delegates (Dist. 12 ) ( two terms) and she presently chairs the Justinian Forum Judicial Ratings Committee. She is a past Trustee of both the Cleveland and Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Associations. She is also a former Trustee of the Northeast Ohio Self-Insurer’s Association.

During her years with the CBA & CMBA, Lisa served as Chair of the Workers Compensation Section; Chair of the Court Rules Committee; Chair of the Practice & Procedure Clinic; and Trial Counsel for the Certified Grievance Committee. While at the Attorney General’s Office, Lisa has served on the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and assisted in drafting OAG’s Diversity Plan. She also served on the Forms Committee for the Workers’ Compensation Section.

Lisa is currently Vice President of the Friends Advisory Board of the Gates Mills Public Library and a former President of the Italian American Cultural Foundation.

What part of your job to you feel is the most rewarding?

The most rewarding aspect of my job is securing excellent results for my clients, many of whom are most appreciative.  Recently, I enjoyed making some new laws on the topic of “idiopathic injury” while in the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

What is your favorite book? Why?

One of my most favorite reads is “The Dead Key” by Shaker Heights Author, D.M. Pulley.   Also, LOVED  “The Gilded Age” and “The Necklace” by Little Mountain Author, Claire McMillan.  All these books are set in Cleveland and environs and quite beautifully evoke the layered, rich history of our area and people.

If you could give advice to new attorneys, what would it be?

The advice I would give to new attorneys is: Upon admission to the bar, work 24/7 to learn everything you can to be an expert in a particular practice area, then build a book of business and go out on your own.

If your clients could know one thing about you, what would it be?

One thing clients might not know about me is that I am committed to and very involved with Cleveland’s Italian American Community.  We are fortunate to have so many loyal and supportive amici embracing the fabric of our past and enriching our future.