Lisa graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1994. She began her legal career with a Cleveland firm, representing corporations in defense of mass tort asbestos litigation. She also represented state fund and self-insured employers at workersʼ compensation hearings with a special emphasis on asbestos related occupational disease claims.

Lisa left private practice in 1996 to work for the Industrial Commission of Ohio as a District Hearing Officer in the Youngstown office. She returned to private practice in 2004, and currently limits her practice to representing employers in matters relating to workersʼ compensation. In 2010, Lisa became Of Counsel to Garvin & Hickey, LLC.