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Admitted to Practice

  • Alaska
  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court District of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska


  • Italian

Lisa M. Marchese

Lisa Marchese has a nationwide practice in the area of government contracts counseling and commercial litigation. Lisa provides full service expertise to clients doing business or seeking to do business with the federal government, including government contract formation, administration, and counseling on a wide range of performance disputes and compliance matters. Lisa has advised clients on protecting and preserving intellectual property rights when entering into and performing contracts with the federal government. She has also advised and assisted clients in compliance matters related to industrial security. Lisa regularly litigates government contract claims before federal and state courts, boards of contract appeals, arbitration panels, and other tribunals throughout the United States. Lisa also has a wealth of experience representing Alaska Native corporations and defense subcontractors within the government contracting process.

Lisa is a seasoned trial attorney. Her litigation experience includes trials of complex cases involving construction claims and commercial disputes. In her career to date, she has tried to verdict over 100 jury trials in state and federal court combined.

Lisa was named by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Business Lawyers. She has been named a top female trial attorney by Law 360 and has been consistently ranked as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation and Construction Law, by Best Lawyers.

Additional Qualifications

  • Partner, 2006-2015; Trial Department Head for Seattle and Anchorage, 2008-2015 – Dorsey & Whitney, Seattle
  • Shareholder, Stafford Frey Cooper, Seattle, 1998-2006
  • Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecutor’s Office, Seattle, 1989-1998
  • Legislative Assistant to Hon. Daniel J. Evans, United States Senate, Washington, D.C., 1983-1988
  • Legislative Assistant to Hon. Henry M. Jackson, United States Senate, Washington, D.C., 1980-1983

Professional & Community Activities

  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Member, Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Member Emeritus, The William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa, 2009-2013
  • Board of Directors, Italian American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest
  • Member, Board of Trustees, 2010-present; Chair, Product Liability Committee, 2008-2011 – Washington Defense Trial Lawyers
  • Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
  • Forum on Construction Industry, American Bar Association
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • Past State Board Member, Washington Women Lawyers
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
  • Faculty Member & Instructor, National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of "America’s Leading Business Lawyers," Litigation: General Commercial, Chambers USA, 2013-2017
  • Named one of Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Construction Law, Best Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Local Litigation Star – Alaska, Benchmark Litigation, 2015
  • Local Litigation Star – Washington, Benchmark Litigation, 2015
  • Named “Top 100 Super Lawyers,” 2013
  • Named “Top 100 Super Lawyers,” 2014
  • Named “Top 100 Super Lawyers,” 2015
  • Named “Top 100 Super Lawyers,” 2016
  • Named “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers,” 2013
  • Named “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers,” 2014
  • Named “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers,” 2015
  • Named “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers,” 2016
  • Named “Top 50 Washington Women Super Lawyers,” 2017
  • Listed as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2006, 2009-2017
  • Named a “Top Female Trial Attorney,” Law360, 2012
  • Named a “Top 50 Women Washington Lawyers,” Law & Politics, 2010
  • Named “Top Lawyer in Washington” by Washington CEO Magazine, 2008
  • Named “Top Lawyer in Washington,” Avvo Inc., 2008
"Very determined and hard-working, really smart."  -Client Quote, Chambers USA 2017
Lifetime Achievement - America's Top 100 Attorneys