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Lisa M. Carvalho

Reed Smith LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Lisa M. Carvalho

Lisa is a partner with the firm's Labor & Employment group, representing and counseling employers and managers in connection with a wide variety of matters, including discrimination and harassment claims, personnel policies, wage and hour compliance, whistleblower claims, employment contracts, and employee relations matters. Lisa's litigation background also includes trusts and estates litigation, contract and real estate litigation, and personal disputes.
Lisa serves as the firm's Northern California market representative on the firmwide committee supporting the Women's Initiative Network of Reed Smith, and as Human Resources counsel to the firm's Northern California offices.

Representative Matters
  • Defended a financial services institution at arbitration of a former employee's disability discrimination claim, resulting in an award in the financial institution's favor
  • Represented pharmaceutical industry client in connection with successful motion to dismiss artfully pleaded ERISA claim
  • Obtained early nuisance value resolution of disability and race discrimination claims brought by a former employee of a financial services institution client following termination during period of alleged disability
  • Counseled small business and household employers regarding wage/hour audits and employee classification issues, and negotiated early dismissal of former employee claims
  • Represented employers in the pursuit and defense of trade secret, non-solicitation and non-competition claims, including obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunctions protecting employer trade secrets
  • Represented broker-dealers in NASD/FINRA arbitrations involving employment contract, trade secret and personal conduct issues
  • Counseled employers on personnel policies and practices for state and federal compliance
  • Defended financial institutions against Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower claims
  • Negotiated pre-discovery dismissals of fact-intensive sexual harassment and gender discrimination charges against financial institutions
  • Publications
  • "The Good Fight" [Self-Defense in the Workplace], San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal, August 7, 2009 (co-authored with Dan Valim and Craig Baumgartner)
  • "On the Job Indemnity," San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 20, 2008 (co-authored with Eric Wallis)
  • Featured in "Deals and Meals" by Mickey Goodman, PINK Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3 ("Women Warriors" issue, October 2006), and online in "The Art of the Business Lunch" by Mickey Goodman, www.pinkmagazine.com (October 2006)

  • 2007 Reed Smith
  • 1992 Steefel, Levitt & Weiss (1991 Summer Associate)
  • 1990 Graham and James, Summer Associate
  • 1990 UC Berkeley Department of Rhetoric, Lecturer, Public Speaking

Legal Education
  • 1992 University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
  • Moot Court Commendation for Excellence in Written Advocacy (Best Brief), 1990
  • Articles Editor, Berkeley Women's Law Journal (Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law and Justice)
  • 1991 Legal Extern to the Hon. Charles Legge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Undergraduate Education
  • 1989 University of California at Berkeley, Double Major in Rhetoric and Economics
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Bank of America National Merit Scholar
  • Regents / Chancellor Scholar

Professional Admissions / Qualifications
  • California

Court Admissions
  • All State Courts - California
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of California (Litigation and Labor & Employment Sections); admitted December 1992
  • Bar Association of San Francisco (Sections on Litigation and Labor & Employment)
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

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