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 commercial litigation, employment litigation and insurance defense.
Ms. Presta's litigation experience includes the handling of complex, multiparty litigation involving breach of contract claims, fiduciary obligations, shareholder and partnership disputes, civil conspiracy claims and matters involving professional services. Ms. Presta handles non-compete and tortious interference litigation in addition to defending claims of employment harassment, discrimination, retaliation 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 a number of times as the chairperson of its Civil Litigation Section. She is an active member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and is a frequent seminar speaker on issues of substantive law and trial practice. Ms. Presta has recently been appointed to the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Local Rules Advisory Committee. She is also a past president of the Board of Directors of the Achievement Center (formerly, the Erie County Crippled Children's Society), and the immediate President of the Board of Directors of the Erie Club.
Ms. Presta received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1992. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and English from the Pennsylvania State University in 1987 and a Master of English degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989.
J.D., University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1992
M. Ed., University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1989
Magna cum laude
B.S., Penn State University - State College, Pennsylvania , 1987
All Pennsylvania State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA
Past President, Erie Club
President of the Board of Directors, Erie County Bar Association, 2011-2012
Past President of the Board of Directors, The Achievement Center (formerly the Erie County Children's Association)
American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Pennsylvania Defense Institute
Member, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania Local Rules Advisory Committee
Trustee, Regional Cancer Center Foundation