International Society of Primerus Law Firms

Tucson Attorney
Lisa Anne Smith

Phone: 520.322.5000


Languages: English

Lisa Anne Smith is the Managing Shareholder in the Tucson office. Her practice emphasizes education law, employment law and civil litigation. She is comfortable in the courtroom and has extensive trial experience in state and federal court and has represented parties in numerous administrative hearings and appellate proceedings.  Ms. Smith’s litigation experience includes, but is not limited to, employment and discrimination claims, contract disputes, condemnation and construction matters and tort litigation. She also advises clients on employment issues and defends employers from claims of discrimination filed with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Smith holds an AV® rating from Martindale Hubbell and is listed in the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Ms. Smith graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in architecture and philosophy. She received her J.D. in 1995 from the University of Arizona College of Law, where she graduated second in her class. Before practicing law, Ms. Smith taught several philosophy classes at the University of Arizona.

Practice Areas:

  • Construction
  • Government and School Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation


  • Arizona (1995)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1996)

Education, Honors, and Awards:

  • B.A., magna cum laude, architecture and philosophy, Wellesley College (1989)
  • J.D., second in class, University of Arizona College of Law (1995)
  • Graduate fellowship recipient, University of Arizona College of Law (1992-1994)
  • Member, editorial board, Arizona Law Review
  • Special mention for obtaining the second highest score on the Arizona bar exam
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • AV® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell  (AV is a  registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional and Community Activities:

  • Member, State Bar of Arizona
  • Member, Arizona Council of School Attorneys

Articles and Presentations:

  • Frequent presenter on various topics at the Arizona School Boards Association’s Law Conference since 2005
  • Presenter, First Amendment topics, Arizona School Administrators’ annual Principal and the Law Conference and Arizona Charter Schools conferences in 2011 and 2012

Reported Cases:

  • Defenders of Wildlife v. Bernal, 204 F.3d 920 (9th Cir. 2000)
  • Taylor v. Graham County Chamber of Commerce, 201 Ariz. 184 (App. 2001)
  • Tanque Verde Unified School District No. 13 v. Bemini, 206 Ariz. 200 (App. 2003)

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DeConcini McDonald Yetwin & Lacy, P.C.

2525 East Broadway Boulevard
Suite 200
Tucson, AZ 85716
United States

Law Firm Contact: Nathan Hannah

Tel: 520.322.5000



Member Since: 2019

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