Lisa Blatt heads the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court practice. She has argued 34 cases before the Supreme Court, prevailing in 32. The National Law Journal called her a "visionary" and one of "the 100 most influential lawyers in America." The Washingtonian thrice has listed her as one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in Washington,” and Chambers USA has noted her "meticulous oral argument preparation and 'great presence before the court.'" Her oral advocacy is cited as exemplary in the Supreme Court Clerk's Guide for Counsel.

She successfully represented clients where the Supreme Court held that:

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers have a First Amendment right to market their drugs.
  • The Indian Child Welfare Act does not permit birth fathers with no parental rights to block adoptions.
  • The Red River Compact permits Oklahoma to restrict out-of state water diversions.   
  • Class action plaintiffs could not sue pharmaceutical manufacturers for alleged erroneous drug pricing.
  • Prevailing debt collectors may seek costs against plaintiffs.
  • The statute of limitations to challenge veteran disability benefit denials is not jurisdictional.

She assists the US Chamber of Commerce in selecting cases for amicus participation and is on the Advisory Board for Georgetown University Law Center's Supreme Court Institute. She teaches Appellate Advocacy and Procedure at Georgetown.



  • Sorrell v. IMS and PhRMA
  • Astra USA, Inc. v. County of Santa Clara
  • PhRMA v. Walsh
  • Fischer v. United States
  • Your Home Visiting Nurse Servs., Inc. v. Shalala
  • Regions Hospital v. Shalala

Civil Procedure

  • Henderson v. Shinseki
  • Marx v. General Revenue Corp.


  • United States v. Dickerson
  • United States v. Flores-Montano
  • Texas v. Cobb
  • Sell v. United States

Water Rights

  • Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann


  • Leegin Creative Leather Products v. PSKS, Inc.
  • Hoffmann-La Roche v. Empagran
  • Scheidler v. National Organization for Women, Inc. II and III
  • United States Postal Service v. Flamingo Industries


  • Marrama v. Citizens Bank of Massachusetts
  • Lamie v. United States
  • Archer v. Warner

Employment and ERISA

  • Hulteen v. AT&T Corp.
  • Ricci v. DeStefano
  • Gross v. FBL Financial Services
  • Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Echazabal
  • Breuer v. Jim's Concrete of Brevard, Inc.
  • Crawford v. Nashville & Davidson County
  • Edelman v. Lynchburg College
  • Thompson v. N. American Stainless
  • Hughes Aircraft Co. v. Jacobson
  • Black & Decker Disability Plan v. Nord
  • Bay Area Laundry Pension Fund v. Ferbar Corp.

Indian Law

  • Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl


  • Bates v. Dow Agrosciences LLC
  • United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative

National Security

  • Tenet v. Doe
  • Clinton v. Goldsmith


Best Lawyers 2011-2017
Appellate Practice
Benchmark Litigation 2016
"Top 250 Women in Litigation"
Lawdragon 500 2012-2016


  • JD, University of Texas School of Law, 1989, summa cum laude
  • BA, University of Texas at Austin, 1986, summa cum laude
  • District of Columbia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • US District Court for the District of Columbia
Government and Military Service
  • Assistant to the Solicitor General, US Department of Justice
  • Assistant General Counsel, US Department of Energy
  • Special Assistant to the General Counsel, US Department of Energy
  • United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Member, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

  • Member, Advisory Board, Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute

  • Member, National Chamber Litigation Center’s Constitutional and Administrative Law Committee, US Chamber of Commerce