Outside the Office
When not working, Lisa enjoys playing on the Washington State Association for Justice softball team and having “game nights” with friends.
Lisa Benedetti dedicates her practice to obtaining just compensation for injured people. Her main practice area is personal injury, with special focus on auto collisions/car accidents. She is known for her ability to tackle complex issues, including novel legal questions of both state and federal law.
She was born and raised locally in Puyallup, and enjoys visiting the Fair when she has the chance. Lisa attended the University of Washington School of Law, where she demonstrated a breadth of excellence by being accepted into the Washington Law Review (for her writing and academic achievement) and Moot Court Honor Board (for her litigation skills). Lisa graduated from law school with honors in 2010.
Lisa has also distinguished herself at the appellate level. She briefed an appeal before the Ninth Circuit that got the trial court’s decision reversed in her client’s favor, and set precedent forbidding an ERISA Plan Administrator from demanding that its members jump through more administrative hoops than those required by the Plan’s express terms.
In 2013, Lisa had the great fortune of attending Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College, where she spent three weeks intensively honing her courtroom technique and developing creative methods to connect with juries and achieve justice for her clients.
Lisa has been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, a distinction reserved for no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Washington, three years in a row (2016-2018). She is an EAGLE member of the Washington State Association for Justice, and has regularly contributed to its legal seminars and publications, including its 2018 Washington Motor Vehicle Litigation Deskbook.
+ Awards & Recognitions
- Graduated Summa Cum Laude, University of Pennsylvania (2004)
- Graduated with Honors, University of Washington School of Law (2010)
- Rising Star Washington Super Lawyers three years in a row (2016-2018)
+ Memberships & Leadership
- Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ): Eagle Member (2012-present), Trial News Member (2014-2018), Diversity Committee Member (2014-2018), North Seattle Roundtable Vice Chair/Chair (2013-2017)
- American Bar Association (ABA), 2011-present
- King County Bar Association, 2012-present
- Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College Member, 2013-present
+ Publications by Lisa
- Washington State Association for Justice, Washington Motor Vehicle Litigation Deskbook, “Chapter 14(B): Subrogation: ERISA” ( 2018)
- Washington State Association for Justice, Subrogation Deskbook, “Chapter VIII: Employer-Based Health Plans: ERISA, Montanile, and the Current Landscape” (2016)
- Washington State Association for Justice, Trial News, “Washington Clarifies Statewide Insurance Coverage Law for Commercial Transportation Services like Uber, Lyft” (2015)
- Washington State Association for Justice, Trial News, “Mays-Williams v. Williams: The Ninth Circuit clarifies that under ERISA, administrators not only live by the plan, they can die by the plan” (2015)
- University of Washington School of Law, Washington Law Review, “What’s Past Is Prologue: Why the Prison Litigation Reform Act Does Not—and Should Not—Classify Punitive Damages as Prospective Relief” (2010)
- Washington State Association for Justice, 39th Annual Insurance Law Seminar, “Subrogation” (2017)
- Washington State Association for Justice, Subrogation Seminar, “Employer-Based Health Plans: ERISA, Montanile, and the Current Landscape” (2016)
- Washington State Association for Justice, Subrogation Seminar, “Does ERISA Truly Apply? How to find out of your client’s health plan is exempt” (2015)
- University of Washington, J.D. with honoros, 2010: Member of the Law Review, Moot Court Honor Board, Order of the Coif, and Order of the Barristers
- University of Pennsylvania, B.A. summa cum laude, Health & Societies, 2004