Lisa Gilford is partner at Sidley Austin LLP. Her practice focuses on class actions, multi-district litigation, products liability matters and large scale commercial disputes. Lisa’s numerous accolades include being named by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential Women Attorneys” and also by The Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of its “Top Women Lawyers” and “Top Women Litigators.” Her advocacy for diversity is further represented through her position on the board of California Women’s Law Center, her membership with Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and Black Women Lawyers Association, and her role as past president of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Lisa continues to be an academic leader through her frequent lectures on California tort, consumer protection and unfair competition claims, successful defense of class actions, best practices for outside counsel and professional development for women lawyers and other diversity issues. She earned her B.A. degree from Furman University, her J.D. from the University of Southern California, and her LL.M. from Georgetown University.