Lisa L. Smith

(716) 847-8336
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Ms. Smith is an experienced litigator and leader of Phillips Lytle’s Product Liability and Mass Tort Litigation Practice Team. She concentrates her practice in the areas of litigating product liability, toxic tort, environmental and premises liability cases. Ms. Smith handles complex litigation across multiple jurisdictions, with a focus on the defense of pharmaceutical, chemical and other product liability cases, as well as environmental claims.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Selected for the Upstate New York Super Lawyers® list, 2007-2008, 2011-2022
  • Fellow, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Litigation Counsel of America™, 2019
  • Profiles in Diversity Journal’s 18th Annual Women Worth Watching® Award Recipient
  • Business First of Buffalo Women of Influence Award, 2016
  • Honoree of the New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, 2014, 2015
  • Women Who Mean Business Award, Business First of Buffalo, 2004
  • National Philanthropy Day 2003, Distinguished Honoree Award
  • Business First of Buffalo 40 Under Forty Award, 2003
  • Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Award, American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Distinguished Recent Graduate Award, Case Western Reserve University Law Alumni Association
  • The U.S. Congressional Coalition on Adoption “Angels in Adoption” Award, 2000


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1989
  • Grove City College, B.S., Biology, cum laude, 1986

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
      • Discovery Sanctions Subcommittee, Former Co-Chair
      • Mandatory Prediscovery Disclosure, Former Co-Chair
      • Pretrial Practice & Discovery Committee, Former Co-Chair
    • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS)
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Defense Research Institute
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Commercial and Federal Law Section
    • Torts and Insurance Compensation Law Section

Representative Cases

Reported Decisions

  • Tedesco v. A.P. Green Industries, Inc., 8 N.Y.3d 243 (2007)
  • Olejniczak v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, 79 F. Supp. 2d 209 (W.D.N.Y. 1999)
  • Gottstine v. Dunlop Tire Corporation, 272 A.D.2d 863 (4th Dep’t 2000)

Reported Decisions (pro bono)

  • In re Adoption of Jarrett, 168 Misc. 2d 627 (N.Y. Fam. Ct. 1995)rev’d., 224 A.D.2d 1029 (4th Dep’t (1996), appeal dismissed, 88 N.Y.2d 960, appeal after remand, 230 A.D.2d 513 (4th Dep’t 1997), appeal dismissed, 90 N.Y.2d 935 (1997), leave to appeal denied, 91 N.Y.2d 804 (1997), cert. denied, Johnson v. Doe, 524 U.S. 918 (1998)

Present Activities

  • Buffalo Charter School for Applied Technologies, Vice President of the Board of Trustees
  • E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Engagement Partner
  • Irish Classical Theatre Company, Vice President of the Board of Trustees
  • Law360 Life Sciences Editorial Advisory Board, 2021-2022
  • MedTech, Board of Directors
  • The Pink Pillow Project Breast Cancer Charity, Co-Founder
    • Board of Directors, Vice President

Past Activities

  • Kenan Center, Inc., Board of Governors, Past President
  • Danang/Quang Nam Fund, Inc., Secretary
  • Women’s Law Center, Inc., Board of Directors
  • New Directions Youth and Family Services, Inc., Board of Governors
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Board of Directors