Lisa M. Schmid

Special Counsel

Lisa’s clients don’t hesitate to pick up the phone to call her, knowing they’ll receive smart and pragmatic advice. She’s at her best when solving complex problems for clients, but also goes out of her way to provide clients with news and other types of content to help them make critical business decisions.

Lisa enjoys getting to know her clients, their business, and business goals, so she’s better able to meet their objectives and solve problems successfully. She especially enjoys working with small to mid-size businesses, where she can watch a company grow and overcome challenges.

When not advising clients, you can find Lisa on an adventure—including enjoying state parks, hiking, or camping—with her wife, Beth; son, Teddy; and dog, Matty. That, or on a volleyball court, recapturing some of the glory of her youth.

  • Key Practice and Industry Experience
  • Representative Matters
  • Recognitions and Honors
  • Publications and Presentations
  • Community Involvement

Key Industry Experience

  • Retail
  • Insurance/Financial
  • Manufacturing
  • Electrical utilities

Representative Matters

  • Martin et al v. ING: Participated in the defense of putative nationwide class action race discrimination lawsuit against eight ING entities. Reached confidential settlement of individual claims.
  • Participated in the defense of numerous race and sex discrimination claims and FMLA interference claims.
  • Obtained no-probable-cause findings and dismissals of various administrative charges filed at the EEOC, MDHR and MDCR alleging claims of employment discrimination on behalf of a number of clients.
  • Obtained favorable settlement of a sexual harassment charge against our client.
  • Monitored and tracked legislation and policy issues on behalf of corporate clients at the state and municipal levels.
  • Drafted proposed legislative language on behalf of corporate clients.
  • Provided advice on OSHA compliance and investigations.
  • Conducted employment law training sessions for new hotel managers of our client.
  • Participated in the defense of negligence, strict liability, and warranty claims against major food manufacturers and processors, including work as part of a jury trial team.

Recognitions and Honors

  • Legislative Assistant to the Chair of the Minnesota Senate Finance Committee
  • Hamline Law Review: Associate
  • Hamline Law Review: Associate Editor
  • CALI Awards: Torts I, Civil Procedure II, Constitutional Law II
  • Dean’s List
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, College of Saint Benedict

Publications and Presentations

  • “Is Your Business Ready for WESA?,” Minnesota Business Magazine, August 2014 (authored)
  • “WESA changes game, but how?,” Minnesota Lawyer, June 16, 2014 (quoted)
  • “5 Job Interview Questions that Are Illegal to Ask,” Monster.com, June 5, 2014 (quoted)
  • “Legislature approves women’s employment bill; could have major effect on Minnesota businesses,” Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, May 9, 2014 (quoted)
  • Live television appearance to discuss the recent minimum wage increase, Fox 9 Morning News (Spring 2014)
  • “OSHA Announces New Reporting and Recording Rule,” Nilan Johnson Lewis Top Story, www.nilanjohnson.com (September 2014)
  • Television interview to discuss changes to Minnesota sick leave law, KSTP Channel 5 (Spring 2013)
  • DRI New Employment Laws Compendium, Minnesota section (2013 and 2014) (authored)
  • “Asking Employees for Social Media Credentials to Fight Cybercrime May Backfire,” Law Technology News, October 17, 2013 (authored)
  • “The NLRB Wants to Be Your ‘Friend’,” The Corporate Counselor, October 2011 (authored)
  • “OSHA Issues New Directive Regarding Investigations of Alleged Workplace Violence” Nilan Johnson Lewis Top Story, www.nilanjohnson.com (November 2011) (authored)

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Women Lawyers
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Former Minnesota Legislative Staffer

Community Engagement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Open Arms of Minnesota, Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Volunteer, MS Society