Lisa Smith PrestaPartner
Lisa Smith Presta is a Senior Partner in the Litigation Department at MacDonald Illig, where she concentrates her practice in the areas of medical malpractice litigation, commercial litigation, employment litigation and insurance defense.
Ms. Presta's litigation experience includes the handling of complex, multiparty litigation involving medical malpractice claims, breach of contract claims, fiduciary obligations, shareholder and partnership disputes, and matters involving other professional services. Ms. Presta handles non-compete and tortious interference litigation in addition to defending claims of employment harassment, discrimination and wrongful discharge. She represents companies in numerous industries, including health care, manufacturing, economic development and insurance.
Ms. Presta regularly appears in state and federal court as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and in private arbitration. She is licensed to practice in all Pennsylvania state courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and has been admitted pro hac vice to numerous other federal and state courts for specific cases.
Ms. Presta is a past president of the Erie County Bar Association and has served as the chairperson of its Civil Litigation Section. She is a frequent presenter on issues of substantive law and trial practice, and was appointed to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Local Rules Advisory Committee.
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1992
M. Ed., University of Pittsburgh, 1989
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1987
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Past President and Member of Board of Directors, Erie County Bar Association
Member, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Local Rules Advisory Committee
Past President and Member of Board of Directors, Erie Club
Past President and Member of Board of Directors, Achievement Center (formerly, the Erie County Crippled Children's Society)
Pennsylvania Bar Association