Lisa has lobbied the Texas Legislature and state agencies for over 25 years. Due to her former environmental law practice, she is best known as an environmental and energy issues lobbyist, but has also lobbied on taxation, tort reform, human services, budget/appropriations, local government powers and governance, general business, and transportation issues. Lisa enjoys building diverse lobby coalitions, crafting unexpected legislative maneuvers, and finding unanticipated ways to implement solutions to her clients' needs. Strategic thinking, the ability to draft legislation and amendments, and the knowledge of her clients' business are hallmarks of Lisa's work. Above all, she is tenacious in pursuing her clients' interests.
Lisa received her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law (juris doctorate, with Honors, 1988) and practiced with the Austin-based law firm of Brown McCarroll from 1988-2007. She was named Partner in 2003, and later served in an "Of Counsel" role after starting her own legislative consulting firm in 2005.
Prior to practicing law, Lisa worked three sessions for Senator Ray Farabee as his legislative aide (1982-1987). She also worked in Washington, DC for the National Conference of State Legislatures (public affairs, 1981-1982), and State and National Affairs (legislative monitoring, 1980). She graduated from Boston College with a double degree in political science and economics (magna cum laude, 1980).
Lisa enjoys a variety of honors, including being voted to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers by her peers (fewer than 5% of attorneys receive this honor), being designated a "Texas Top Rated Lawyer", and being named a Texas "Super Lawyer" for governmental relations. Her most recent, and favorite, honor is that of “UT Law Mentor of the Year” for mentoring a fabulous first-year law student through the ups and downs of her “1L” year.
Lisa grew up in Boulder, CO and returns to the mountains whenever she can. She is an avid gardener (ask her about the backyard amphitheater!), volunteer, and creator of interesting things. Lisa is married to Steve Stagner, a lobbyist/trade association executive by day, music producer by night. They have three children and one son-in-law.