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“Fighting for the underdog has always been important to me. Whether picketing in the living room as a young child for more ‘rights’ for my sister and me, or choosing the least skilled players during recess for my baseball team, I have always believed that it is important to fight hard for those who are not in a position of power.

Being a civil rights and employment attorney gives me an opportunity to do that every day – to fight for the underdog and to achieve a level of vindication for hardworking employees and whistleblowers who have suffered from intimidation, discrimination and retaliation at the hands of their employers. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be able to come to work each day and use my skills and experience to make a positive difference in someone’s life.”



Ranked by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s Top Lawyers in six consecutive listings, Lisa Banks has successfully litigated employment discrimination and whistleblower protection cases at both the trial court and appellate levels for over fifteen years. Ms. Banks is a founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP, where she concentrates her practice on employment discrimination, sexual harassment, whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley law, disability law and contractual employment disputes. Prior to forming the firm, Ms. Banks was a partner at Bernabei & Katz, PLLC, where she practiced from 2000 until 2006. Ms. Banks is an experienced advocate who has consistently achieved outstanding results on behalf of her clients either in court or through negotiated settlement.

In 2006, Washingtonian Magazine selected Ms. Banks for its list of 40 Best Attorneys under 40 in Washington, D.C., calling her “Washington’s hottest young employment lawyer.” Ms. Banks was also selected for inclusion in the 2009-2013 editions of “The Best Lawyers in America,” and was named by Washington D.C. Super Lawyers as among the top five percent of attorneys in Washington, D.C. for 2009-2013. Martindale-Hubbell has rated Ms. Banks “AV Preeminent,” its highest possible peer review rating.

Ms. Banks was named by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to its National Roster of neutrals, to hear and resolve cases brought for binding arbitration before AAA. She has served as an arbitrator and mediator in numerous employment and contractual disputes brought before the AAA. She also serves as a faculty member of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association, and has lectured on such topics as retaliation law, evidentiary issues in employment litigation and disability law. She has been a regular contributor to The National Law Journal, where she and partner Debra Katz have analyzed the U.S. Supreme Court’s labor and employment law decisions, and has provided commentary in current legal issues to the print and television media.

Ms. Banks is an active member of the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyers Association and the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, where she recently served as the organization’s vice president.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1990, and a J.D . degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1995, where she served as an editor on the Denver University Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Daniel M. Taubman, Colorado Court of Appeals, from 1995-1996, and for the Honorable Gregory K. Scott, Colorado Supreme Court from 1996-1997. Ms. Banks served as an Appellate Attorney with the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1997 to 2000. In 1999, Ms. Banks served as an Attorney Advisor in the Office of the Counsel to the President at the White House.

Ms. Banks has authored numerous appellate briefs and argued cases in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits.


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  1. Employment & Labor: 50%
    16 years
  2. Wrongful Termination: 20%
    16 years
  3. Sexual Harassment: 10%
    16 years
  4. Discrimination: 10%
    16 years
  5. Appeals: 10%
    20 years


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Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP

1718 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Sixth Floor
Washington, DC, 20009-1148


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2010
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2009
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2009
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2008
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2007
Top LawyerWashingtonian Magazine2006
40 Best Attorneys Under 40Washingtonian Magazine2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerKatz, Marshall & Banks, LLP2006 - Present
PartnerBernabei & Katz2000 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyer's AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
District of Columbia BarMemberN/A
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Desmond v. MukaseyN/A
Oscarson v. Office of Senate Sergeant at ArmsN/A
EEOC v. United Parcel Service, Inc.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Law JournalSurprisingly Pro-Worker2008
National Law JournalThe Legacy of Ledbetter2007
National Employment Lawyers AssociationKeeping the Employee Working: Reasonable Accommodations and Leave Requirements2006
ALI-ABA Course of StudyEvidence Issues in Harassment and Retaliation Cases: The Plaintiff's Perspective2006
National Law JournalVictories for Workers2006
National Law JournalOnly Two Major Rulings2005
National Law JournalEmployment Cases: Constructive Discharge2004
National Law JournalA Pro-Employee Trend2003
National Law JournalWins for Both Sides2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Trinity CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Conference on Equal Employment Opportunity LawPregnancy, Parenting & Careers2013
Continuing Legal EducationSummary Judgment Motions in the District of Columbia 20132013
Continuing Legal EducationEnhanced OSHA Whistleblower Protection: Practical Tips For Preventing And Defending Whistleblower Claims2013
Conference for Advanced Employment Law and LitigationThe Federal Arbitration Act2013
Continuing Legal EducationSummary Judgment Motions in the District of Columbia2012
Continuing Legal EducationSexual Harassment in the Workplace2012
2012 Government Liaison ProgramVeterans Rights and Expanded Protections2012
Women Money Power SummitAdvancing Equality in Employment2011
Continuing Legal EducationEEOC’s Final Regulations Implementing the ADA Amendments Act: Navigating New Territory2011
Continuing Legal EducationOne Year Later: An Update on the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act: What Impact Has it had on Workplace Practices, How Is it Affecting Litigation Strategies, and How Are the Courts Interpreting It?2010
Continuing Legal EducationTrends in Disability Litigation under the ADA Amendments Act2010