Lisa Frye Garrison

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Lisa Garrison maintains an active business litigation practice advising and representing clients in a variety of industries, especially companies with a socially beneficial mission, such as hospitals. Her litigation experience includes multiple jury trials and appeals on claims ranging from negligence, malpractice, and wrongful death to breach of contract, product liability, antitrust/unfair and deceptive trade practices, and punitive damages.  She handles claims from the date of the incident through every subsequent stage, including internal and regulator investigations, pre-suit negotiations, discovery involving hundreds of thousands of documents and electronic files, complex motions practice and hearings, and trials and appeals.  In addition, Lisa counsels clients on risk management practices, policies and procedures, and start-up issues, and provides compliance training for employees. 

Complementing her civil litigation practice, Lisa is a founder of the firm's "Benefit Corporation Team."  The "B Team" focuses on exploring and serving the legal needs of aspiring or existing "benefit" or "B Corp" companies — for-profit businesses that seek to better the world through identified social missions and by focusing on sustainability and TPL/3BL (the "triple bottom line" pillars of profits, people, and planet). 

Lisa is committed to educating businesses, youth, and the broader community about the importance of sustainable business practices, including good stewardship of environmental resources, local community service, transparent governance, fair worker treatment, and promoting and training diverse young leaders.  She is or was a founding leader of several organizations dedicated to such missions, including: 

  • Uwharrie Sustainable Business Forum, which brings teenagers, businesspeople, and the greater Uwharrie community together to explore and promote sustainable business practices
  • PINK ("Promoting Inspiration, Networking, and Knowledge"), Smith Moore Leatherwood women's affinity group, which has offered programs and networking and service events aimed at helping the firm's young women lawyers to develop connections and thriving practices since 2007
  • "Meals on Heels," a Smith Moore Leatherwood program that invites area businesswomen to join PINK members for kid-friendly networking events that serve the hungry
  • Smith Moore Leatherwood's firm-wide Litigation Associate Training Program, which has provided firm-wide trial advocacy training through monthly lectures, skills demonstrations, and mock trial exercises since 2005
  • Smith Moore Leatherwood's Sustainability Committee, which tracks, manages, and improves sustainability efforts across the firm's 7 offices in 3 states


  • J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1994
  • B.A., with highest honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991


  • North Carolina, 1994

Academic Honors

  • Executive Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 1993-1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Golden Fleece
  • Order of the Grail-Valkyries


  • Named Greensboro Best Lawyers Antitrust Lawyer of the Year (2013)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Antitrust Law (2007-2014), Litigation-Antitrust (2012-2014)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Antitrust (2003, 2005, 2010, 2014)

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association. Litigation Section, Woman Advocate Committee (subcommittee co-chair) and Corporate Counsel Committee, Antitrust Section, Joint Conduct Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association: Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section (Chair 2003-2004, Awards Committee Chair, 2007-present) and Litigation Section
  • UNC School of Law Alumni Association: Board of Directors (2006-2013), Advancement Committee (2013-present)
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, N.C. Chapter
  • N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Greensboro Bar Association

Civic and Community Service

  • Uwharrie Charter Academy high school (NC’s first public charter school to incorporate the NC Environmental Literacy Plan into its overall curriculum), Asheboro, N.C. (Board of Directors Vice-Chair)
  • Troop 513, Boy Scouts of America Old North State Council, Asheboro, N.C. (Certified Merit Badge Instructor/Committee Member/Volunteer, 2010-2014)   
  • Women's Resource Center of Greensboro (Legal Hotline Firm Coordinator/Volunteer, 2007-present)
  • Central United Methodist Church, Asheboro, N.C. (Member/Volunteer, 2006-present) 
  • Central Day School, Asheboro, N.C. (Board of Directors Chair/Member, 2008-2011)