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Lisa Ann Bertini

Employment and labor Attorney at Virginia Beach, VA

4.9   147 reviews
  • State Years
    Virginia - VA 35 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 34 years
    Texas - TX 36 years
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State VA
    Acquired 1989
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Not Eligible to Practice - Administrative No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Lisa

Learn Lisa’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    50%
    COVID-19 response work to keep businesses running smoothly and employees treated fairly; Employment work for employees and employers in Title VII,ADA, FMLA and work at EEOC level and Federal litigation

    37 years, 100 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    20%
    Severance negotiations and review; medical practice contract review; non compete and restrictive covenants review and litigation regarding enforcement and reasonableness of same

    31 years, 100 cases

  3. Discrimination
    20%
    Thorough work on all types of Title VII and ADA and FMLA work from investigation to EEOC Charge thru federal litigation.

    37 years, 100 cases

  4. Litigation
    10%
    Personal injury, contract, trade secret, non compete; Title VII; discrimination; FMLA; ADEA; ADA in both state and federal court

    37 years, 100 cases

 I love what I do. I was just named Top Lawyer of Labor and Employment Law by CoVa Biz, the business magazine of Coastal Virginia. It is fabulous to be recognized by my peers for this honor.  I care so much about making a difference for the clients I have. My passions in the community extend to my work on the Holocaust Commission which I chair. If you ever get the chance to visit the UJF website you can learn about our very active Commission here in Tidewater. We are so fortunate to work with some survivors, liberators and resistance fighters and put on educational presentations called, "What We Carry" to different organizations in the community.

 

 

"The human race is like a bird with two wings, and if one wing is broken, no one can fly."- Gloria Steinem

 

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Location

Bertini Law, P.C.
1055 Laskin Road Suite #100
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451

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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  147 customer reviews
Posted by Shirley Collins | February 5, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Service from an Excellent Attorney
I am very pleased with the Services of Attorney Lisa Bertini. She patiently listened to my concerns. She understood the Law as it pertained to my situation and developed a strategic plan to resolve my issue. She was proactive in carrying out the Professional Services that she committed herself to. And, as my Legal Advocate, she went the extra-mile, and exceeded my expectations.
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Posted by anonymous | October 7, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and direct
After enduring 8 months of extreme job stress and a forced resignation, I sought Ms. Bertini's advice and counseling on how to proceed. She and her staff were very welcoming and seemed genuinely sincere in their interest in my issues. I was able to have a very professional and honest discussion with Ms. Bertini on what my legal rights were due to my unfair work situation. While ultimately things were not pursued further, I felt like my case was thoroughly reviewed and adequately discussed. She helped me to walk out with my head held higher feeling better about myself, my past work situation, and my future after my session. I would not hesitate to refer (and already have referred) others to Ms Bertini and her staff for help when you need someone on your side to sort out difficult work questions.
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A wonderful attorney
Lisa Bertini worked with me concerning a complicated contract dispute. She was clear and focused on helping me achieve my goals. Her insight on my situation was thorough and in-depth . Lisa successfully navigated a challenging time with the utmost professionalism and grace. I appreciate her for all she did and would recommend her services to all who need counsel.
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Posted by Megan | June 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisa is amazing!
Lisa and her team were incredible to work with. She was very thorough with my employment discrimination claim, very communicative, always open to email questions, and she would call me instantly with updates. Out of the lawyers I spoke to, she stood out due to her experience, advice, and plan. She was the best ally I had on my side while going through a stressful time and was able to resolve my issue with my employer in a very short period of time with the desired outcome. Also being a female attorney, I felt as though she understood more why my claim was important to follow through with. I would highly recommend her as she is truly there on your side to guide you through the legal process.
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Posted by Karen | June 10, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Amazing experience
While I was so nervous and anxious reaching out to Ms. Bertini since I had never been in a situation like I was, she was professional, understanding, and sympathetic from the start. I instantly felt comfortable. She had read and educated herself on what I had sent prior to talking with her so our conversation jumped right into her thoughts and legal stance of my situation. She was honest and told me exactly what was fair and reassured how I felt and what I was entitled to. She succeeded in getting a prompt response from my employer, along with the compensation that I had earned and was entitled to. She was highly recommended to me and I'm so thankful I reached out to her. I would also highly recommend her to anyone seeking advice for wrongful treatment in the workplace.
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Posted by Cheryl | May 31, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Her! If I Neded to, I'd Do it Again!
I am about as thorough as it gets. Always measuring twice and cutting once. I vetted and met with two attorneys before Lisa and in the end, I went with her. After losing my job, I found myself in VERY unfamiliar territory. I've never sued (or held accountable) any company before and thought to take a softer approach, as that's just me. But, during my vetting, I initially passed up on Lisa as she seemed a bit aggressive. What a mistake! After meeting with attorney #2, they looked at my case and expressed that it was going to be a 'tough needle to thread'. In the same meeting, they shared that they were also pretty conservative. Immediately, I realized that's not what I needed. After all, I wasn't released from my job with a 'conservative' approach. I needed a 'pitbull in a skirt'. I then revisited Lisa. She excited me during our first meeting sharing that she does what she does to look out for those taken advantage of. There was nothing about my case that was 'tough to thread' to her. She immediately found the injustice. She was assertive, she and her team were always very responsive, and she was also very honest, even when it stung when educating me about any challenges. She was charming, witty, courageous, and always, always, always very strategic! This was someone who I needed on my team! (You need her on your team too!) Honestly, one of the BEST arsenals in my toolbelt! After navigating through the muck, she quickly got me what I respectively deserved! To this day I am more than satisfied. I supposed it's like they say, the third time's the charm! Lisa, thank you for all that you did to help me and my family, as they were impacted as well. But, especially for doing what you do every day!
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Posted by Lisa | May 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Experience with Lisa and Team
Lisa and her team did a wonderful job with my case. They were efficient, got up to speed on the details of my case extremely quickly, and handled all interactions professionally. Most importantly, Lisa gave me great advice throughout the process that comes from her many years of experience. I felt my matter was handled thoroughly and aggressively, and Lisa was always available when I needed her. While I did not accomplish everything I had hoped with my situation, I made that decision fully informed of the risks and rewards of pursuing the matter further. I would absolutely hire Lisa again (let's hope I don't have to!) and would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by Kelley | May 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney
I retained Lisa Bertini for an employment matter and she was very professional and straightforward. She was able to assist with a quick resolution. I would highly recommend her services!
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Client
Ms. Bertini was wonderful, very professional, honest, organized and to the point. She when over and above just a consult and achieved the results we desired in very little time. It is very obvious what a hard worker she is!
Posted by Gabrielle | February 23, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisa Bertini is the top employment attorney hands down!
When I came to Lisa with my case I was completely broken due to the terrible treatment I endured at the hands of a coworker and the horrible way the company handled it. She made it clear from the start that this was going to be a tough fight but we would do it together. Every step of the way we DID do it as a team and through it all I realized that she was not just my attorney but my advocate. During the time leading up to the mediation process she always kept me fully informed on every step that was being taken and gave me absolute thorough counsel so that the direction we were going in was the right one. It's hard to describe but from the moment she took on my case, I felt like I finally had someone to champion my cause, who was in my corner and that's because she cares about her clients. The best part, she won my case! I felt for the first time in months that I had my voice back, my pride, and my dignity as a woman in the work place!
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Response from Lisa Bertini February 28, 2021
WE DID IT!!!!
Posted by anonymous | February 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHEST PRAISE POSSIBLE FOR LISA BERTINI
Lisa gave me back my self respect in her tenacious handling of my employment situation. Initially she listened, gave advice and was responsive to emails at all times of the day and on weekends as we sorted through the situation. When the time came for her to get involved, I was blown away by her confidence and negotiating skill. I was VERY pleased with the results and highly recommend Lisa.
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
7th Referral a Charm!
I was faced with what I perceived was an unfair business practice, and resigned. After the dust settled, the reality of my decision became clear and I was worried. I constantly worried about if I made the right decision or not.I spoke with a trusted colleague who was concerned that I might be leaving options on the table and encouraged me to speak with an attorney. I reached out to 2 locally, 2 north of where I live, and 2 by referral. Either I never heard back from the attorneys, or they had a conflict of interest. However, the 7th one, Ms. Bertini was the charm! I had resolved to give up, but instead gave her office a call. The receptionist was on top of things! She heard my dilemma, was empathetic and patient and quickly jumped to get me an appointment the VERY same day. She also assisted me with being succinct in my description of my dilemma (what a time and money saver). Within an hour, Ms. Bertini reviewed my materials and asked questions, and followed up with me in a very short amount of time. I would’ve remained in doubt about if I made the right decision and left anything behind, she gave me the clarity and closure I needed to move forward in my next venture. I’ve bookmarked Ms. Bertini and her team. It’s great to know I have a group of amazing professionals that are responsive, knowledgeable and at the ready when needed. I am so appreciative and feel FREE to do the next thing. Thank you Ms. Bertini and team!
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Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lisa is amazing!
From the very beginning Lisa was compassionate when listening to the unfair treatment I received from my employer. I came in tearful and in distress and by the end I felt listened to and like I had an ally in the fight. She was there with me every step of the way and by the end I was very happy. If you are looking for an employment attorney don’t hesitate. Lisa is worth it and more!
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Posted by Gabriel | November 19, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tough and Smart
Lisa came recommended from another employee's rights attorney. Right off the bat, Lisa was forthcoming, honest, and realistic. This is great because you are able to gauge how successful your case will be based on precedent and laws. She was a true advocate and champion for my case as we navigated the Federal EEOC process. I filed a discrimination case and she advised me how to structure my Charges based on race, national origin, sex, and sexual orientation. She made calls and hosted meetings on my behalf with other attorneys and Mediator. Even with a fighting spirit, Lisa is tactful, empathetic and caring. Her staff is courteous and overall her firm is responsive. Excellent customer service! It is rare to find honesty in this world, and after facing hardship at work, I was extremely happy to have her on my side. Not only that, she is also well known and respected.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent legal advice
Ms. Bertini was professional and efficient in all discussions and negotiations. She discussed all options and listened to what was the most important to me and negotiated a successful agreement in a very short period of time. She was readily available for discussion and answered all questions in a very timely manner.
Posted by Jennifer | September 15, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, Courteous and Fast
My consultation with Ms Bertini left me feeling empowered, respected and cared for after being terminated from my job. She was knowledgeable, provided me with references and clearly explained what my next steps should be and what to expect. Ms. Bertini and staff thoroughly reviewed my information in a very short time period and I felt they were well prepared for my concerns during the consult. I was spoken to with respect and kindness by Ms. Bertini and all staff and that boosted my confidence during this traumatic time.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A blessing out of a bad situation
Standing up to my employer was the hardest decision that I have ever made. Hiring Lisa Bertini to represent me was hands down the BEST decision that I have ever made. To say that Lisa is phenomenal would be an understatement; she really is a BOSS when it comes to defending her clients. She has the knowledge, the experience, and the credibility to get things done but she was also excellent at involving me and my input before executing any strategy. Her responsiveness was impeccable and she was always one step ahead of everyone else. She had my best interests at heart from the very beginning but she also made sure to never sugar coat things; she kept it real and always set expectations so that I could be as prepared as possible for whatever scenario came our way. My employer certainly tried their hardest to make things absolutely miserable for me - they were hostile and they were arrogant - but Lisa never once waivered. In the end, the outcome exceeded expectations and while we were celebrating our victory, they were going home with their tails between their legs. So, if I had to do it all again, would I? Absolutely, but ONLY with Lisa and her amazing team standing alongside me. I can promise you that you will not regret hiring her to represent you, but you will probably regret it if you don’t hire her. Lisa is, without a doubt, the person you want beside you, not against you, and if you are looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, look no further – Lisa will find it!
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Posted by Ashley | July 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
women in power
I cannot say enough great things about Lisa and the staff at Bertini Law. I could not be more proud to have had her as my lawyer. She was transparent, strong and the best advocate I could have asked for. Highly recommended.
Posted by Keith | June 22, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Thorough, Very quick to respond, Extremely knowledgabe
It is difficult to describe how valuable Lisa's work has been to our company of 330 employees. She is always quick to respond, actually surprisingly quick, regardless of the day or night. She is extremely knowledgeable of the HR laws and issues that can cause even a good company significant problems and sleepless night , especially considering how quickly those laws are changing. Her recent guidance through the uncharted waters of Covid related laws and compliance requirements have been valuable beyond estimate. We have been very fortunate to have Lisa's guidance during these most critical times.
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Posted by Mara | May 20, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Support
I found Lisa Bertini and her staff to be professional and welcoming.  I had many questions and Ms. Bertini was very patient with me.  We had an added challenge as we were under Covid-19 restrictions!  Ms. Bertini and her staff were quick to respond to my emails and phone calls.  I was treated fairly and with kind consideration. I recommend her highly.
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate
  • Jenkins & Gilchrst
  • 1987 - 1988

Education

  • College of William and Mary
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Georgetown College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Prezio v. Kirmes
  • Victory on dismissal of one count
  • Lang vs VBLS
  • Plaintiff's verdict
  • Pajewski v. Busch Entertainment Corporation
  • Successfully represented my client and won
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Associations

  • American Association of Arbitration
  • Arbitrator
  • 2018 - Present
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • VBA
  • Vice Chair VBA Employment and Labor Relations Section
  • 2019 - 2020
  • Virginia State Bar
  • Bar Council
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co chair employment section
  • 2011 - 2013
  • VELA
  • Secretary
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Boyd Graves Council
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Federal Bar Association
  • President
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1997 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite Lawyer
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2020
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top 50 Women in Virginia in Employment Law
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top 100 In Virginia
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Legal Elite Lawyer
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Labor and Employment Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2019
  • Top Women in Business
  • Inside Business Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Legal Elite Lawyer
  • Virginia Business Magazine
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer - Employment
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Top 200 VIrginia Lawyer
  • Coastal VIrginia Magazine
  • 2017
  • Top 25 Women Lawyers in Virginia
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • 45th Conference on Labor Relations and Employment Law
  • Sexism and the Law
  • 2015
  • Naro Theater community event
  • Sexual harassment post Anita Hill
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (16)
Endorse Lisa
Employment and labor Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lisa is a highly skilled litigator and trial attorney with a proven track record in representing individuals in employment matters both in and out of court. She is smart and tenacious and widely respected among attorneys who practice in this field."
Arbitration Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Lisa; she is a highly accomplished and tenacious litigator. I routinely refer employment matters to her and have faced her on the other side of cases on occasion. The most recent matter involved a mediation/arbitration hybrid employment case. She represented her client well and the case was resolved in no small part due to her familiarity with the process and sharp legal acumen."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa and I have been on the opposing side of many cases. She consistently displays the technical knowledge of employment law matters that enables both opposing counsel and herself to identify key facts, issues and areas of disagreement quickly and without rancor. Lisa displays passion for her clients without undue emotion or exaggeration of position, a litigation style that I find effective. As opponents, we have been able to resolve disputes, often early on, and protect our client's most significant positions. Lisa has a diversified practice and is much in demand in our community. I am aware that she receives referral from multiple sources. I have sent cases to her myself when not creating a conflict for my own client."
Employment and labor Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Lisa Bertini has been a consummate professional in each of the cases we have worked against each other as well as an advocate for her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is an outstanding attorney. I regularly refer people in need of assistance with employment issues to Lisa without hesitation. She is passionate about the law and tenacious on behalf of her clients. I give her my highest endorsement."
Employment and labor Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Ms. Bertini is an excellent attorney. Lisa is an expert in employment law, she is a savvy advocate for her clients, and she is a genuine pleasure to work with. I endorse Ms. Bertini without hesitation."
Employment and labor Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa is a talented, fearless and dedicated advocate for her clients. I refer her clients often. Highly recommend."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jun 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sometimes my Immigration Law Clients have labor & employment issues that also ned resolution. I never ever hesitate to pick up the phone and ask Lisa to help my client. Lisa is intelligent, personable, and will zealously represent her client -- and she'll do it in a civil, respectful manner. She is a WINNER."
Employment and labor Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lisa is smart, engaging, personable, deeply committed to her clients, and well liked by juries. It shows in the results that she has achieved, which are outstanding. She is a true superstar in the discrimination area. You could not find a better lawyer to handle your discrimination claim. I wholeheartedly endorse Lisa."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa is a wonderful, caring lawyer. I routinely refer clients to her in her area, and I have never heard anything but great things."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa Bertini has mastered the intricacies of representing clients in all facets of employment litigation. She is well-respected by the Courts and her colleagues. She has a reputation for knowledge, results and professionalism. She is a formidable force and an effective advocate. I highly recommend her."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have known Lisa for 15 years. She has earned an incredible reputation as a lawyer because of her complete understanding of the law, her willingness to fight all the way, her integrity and honesty and her incredible talent to litigate. She is an exceptional attorney and the best in her field."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I worked for and with Lisa A. Bertini on countless employment law related matters over the course of several years. Ms. Bertini exhibits expertise, professionalism, and strategy that only comes with years of experience on both sides of the aisle. Ms. Bertini is not afraid to take on the Goliaths of the world and stand up for the little guy (or girl!) Her approach to every case is tailored to the client with the best potential outcome in mind. Every step of the way, Ms. Bertini stands by the side of her client and achieves results far and above what can be expected in this challenging area of the law."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Lisa Bertini is a passionate advocate who provides sound advice and guidance to her clients."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. She is unbelievably smart, incredibly tenacious, extremely compassionate, understanding, and she doesn't take any sh*t from anybody. Opponents are literally afraid of her."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Lisa Bertini is an excellent attorney and advocate for her clients. She is smart, prepared, and passionate and has achieved outstanding results. I endorse her without hesitation."
Employment and labor Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. She's an excellent employee-side lawyer."
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Virginia Beach Employment and labor Lawyer Lisa Ann Bertini
Lisa Ann Bertini
Employment and labor Attorney
Virginia Beach, VA
Licensed for 36 years