Lisa J. Banks

Lisa J. Banks

Katz Banks Kumin, LLP

Recognized since 2009

Washington, District of Columbia

Practice Areas

Civil Rights Law

Employment Law - Individuals

Litigation - Labor and Employment

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employment Law - Individuals
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Lisa Banks is a founding partner of Katz Banks Kumin LLP, where she concentrates her practice on claims related to employment discrimination, sexual harassment, Title IX, whistleblower retaliation, SEC and CFTC whistleblower tips, and contractual employment disputes. Considered to be one of the leading attorneys of the #MeToo movement, Ms. Banks has successfully litigated employment discrimination and whistleblower protection cases at the trial court and appellate level for over 25 years.

Ms. Banks has significant experience in federal and state courts and has represented clients in a variety of employment and whistleblower matters. She has also represented numerous whistleblowers before the Department of Labor (DOL) in the transportation, nuclear, financial, and pharmaceutical industries. Ms. Banks notably represented Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who came forward with allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings, and Dr. Rick Bright, a former official at the Department of Health and Human Services who was removed from his position in retaliation for raising concerns about the Trump administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, Ms. Banks represents over 40 former employees of the Washington Commanders who came forward to expose the organization’s toxic work environment and financial misconduct under owner Dan Snyder, ultimately leading to the team’s sale.

Ms. Banks is frequently cited by news outlets as being an expert in employment, whistleblower, and sexual harassment law. In 2017, The Best Lawyers© In America named her “Employment Lawyer of the Year” for Washington, D.C., and she is regularly included in their annual rankings. Since 2006, she has been recognized as a “Top Lawyer” by Washingtonian Magazine.

Ms. Banks received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut in 1990, and a J.D. degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1995, where she served as an editor on the Denver University Law Review. Prior to forming Katz Banks Kumin, she was an attorney in the EEOC’s Office of General Counsel and an Attorney Advisor in the Office of Counsel to the President at the White House.

  • 11 Dupont Circle, NW
    Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20036
  • English
  • University of Denver, J.D., graduated 1995
  • Trinity College, BA, graduated 1990
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania, PA Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, The District of Columbia Bar
  • Colorado, Colorado Bar Association
  • Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee - Public Representative
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association - Member
  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association - Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association - Member
State Clerkships
  • Colorado - Court of Appeals
  • Colorado - Supreme Court

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Employment Law - Individuals
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Employment Law - Individuals, Washington, DC (2017)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Civil Rights Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
Special Focus:
  • Employment
  • Individuals
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" 2017 Lawyer of the Year
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
  • Lawdragon's "500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers," 2018-2019
  • Ms. Magazine's "Wonder Woman Award," 2019
  • MWELA Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Victim Rights Law Center 2019 Leadership Awardee
  • Washington, D.C. "Super Lawyer" - 2009-2018
  • Washingtonian Magazine "Top Lawyer" - 2006-2012, 2015-2020
  • Women's Bar Association's "Dare to Make an Impact" Award, 2018
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Derivatives and Futures Law


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