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LISA E. Cleary is a senior litigation partner who served as the co-chair and managing partner of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York from 2014-2022. She works closely with a broad range of corporations and tax-exempt organization clients on employment issues related to their highest level executives and other key employees. For over 25 years, Cleary has regularly advised boards of directors in connection with the negotiation of executive compensation, performance, transition and employment termination of CEOs. Her practice includes assisting clients in employment-related litigation matters before administrative agencies, state and federal courts. She frequently advises and defends clients facing EEOC, Department of Labor and New York City Human Rights Commission charges, audits and inquiries. She counsels clients with respect to employment contracts and regularly defends clients in wrongful discharge cases. Cleary chaired the firm’s Pro Bono Committee from 1994-2014. She received one of the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Awards each year from 2010-2018 for her work on behalf of children in foster care and on behalf of runaway and homeless youth. Her past recognitions include the New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 1st Judicial District, the New York State Bar Association’s Root/Stimson Award, and the 2008 Public Service Law Firm Leadership Award from the Legal Aid Society. Cleary has also been recognized on multiple occasions by Mobilization for Justice (formerly MFY Legal Services, Inc.) for her contributions on behalf of clients with mental disabilities. She is regularly named by New York Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers. Crain’s New York Business also named her among its 2020 Notable Women in Law. Cleary earned a BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and Radcliffe College, and a JD from Duke University School of Law. Married with one son, Cleary traces her Irish roots two generations back to counties Armagh and Mayo. She is a member of the Irish American Bar Association of New York.