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Lisa Smith Presta

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Phone: (814) 870-7656
Fax: (814) 454-4647

100 State St #700
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

Lisa Smith Presta is a trial attorney and Chair of the Insurance Litigation Department at MacDonald Illig.

Ms. Presta's experience includes the handling of complex, multiparty litigation involving commercial disputes, breach of contract claims, fiduciary obligations, and 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 individuals, nonprofit entities and for-profit companies in numerous industries, including health care, manufacturing, economic development, real estate and insurance.

Ms. Presta regularly appears in state and federal court, before appellate courts, before administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, in arbitration tribunals such as the American Arbitration Association, and in other alternative dispute settings.

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 member of the Pennsylvania Defense Institute and a frequent speaker and author on issues of substantive law and trial practice.


J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1992

M. Ed., University of Pittsburgh, 1989

B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1987

Bar & Court Admissions All Pennsylvania State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Supreme Court
Appointed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
     Local Rules Advisory Committee as the northwestern Pennsylvania
     representative by Chief Judge Joy Flowers Conti, 2014 - 2016
President of the Erie County Bar Association, 2011
President of the Erie Club Board of Directors, 2014 - 2015
President of the Achievement Center Board of Directors, 2010 - 2012
     (formerly, Erie County Crippled Children's Society)
General Chair of the Achievement Center Capital Campaign, 2012 - 2013
United Way 100th Anniversary Campaign Cabinet, 2014 - 2015
Erie County Bar Association Board of Directors, 2006 - 2012
Erie Club Board of Directors, 2008 - 2016, 2018
Achievement Center Board of Directors, 1994 - present
UPMC Hamot Board of Directors, May 2018 - present
UPMC Hamot Institutional Review Board, 2017 - present
Hamot Health Foundation Corporator, 2017 - present
UPMC Hamot Heart and Vascular Institute Board of Directors, October 2018 - present
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Attorney Rating
Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® 2018