Lisa M. Baird

Counsel

Education

  • Loyola Law School, 1995, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif; Note and Comment Editor, Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review
  • University of California, Los Angeles, 1989, B.A., English

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Florida
  • California

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado

Lisa is a member of the Life Sciences Health Industry Group, practicing in the area of product liability litigation. Lisa has extensive experience defending corporate clients in both trial and appellate courts. She has experience in the full range of issues that regularly recur in product liability litigation (including preemption, statute of limitations, the learned intermediary doctrine, Daubert issues, and general and specific causation), as well as other types of complex litigation (class issues, unfair competition, consumer fraud claims, and punitive damages).

Lisa is the editor of Reed Smith's Life Sciences Legal Update, the firm's weblog covering trends and developments in life sciences and health care law. In addition, Lisa regularly represents pro bono clients in humanitarian parole and asylum cases.

Employment History

  • 2003 - Reed Smith
  • 1995 - Crosby Heafey Roach & May (combined with Reed Smith in 2003)

Clerkships

  • Honorable Margaret M. Morrow, U.S. District Court - Central District of California

Honors & Awards

  • Reed Smith's Southern California Pro Bono Honor Roll (2014)
  • Noted as part of The Recorder’s profile of Reed Smith as one of two finalists for the publication’s first annual “Litigation Department of the Year Awards” in the category of Product Liability (2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • DRI's Appellate Advocacy, Drug and Medical Device and Women in the Law Committees
  • Program Chair for DRI's Appellate Advocacy Conference, March 2011
  • Chair of the California Bar's Committee on Women in the Law, 2002-2003