Though Attorney Lisa Piper is not a Richmond native, she certainly has adopted the city and it's difficult for her to imagine practicing anywhere else. In 2003, Ms. Piper moved to Richmond from Florida and fell in love with the city. She didn't just go to school here – it became her home.
Ms. Piper was fortunate to have a great deal of experience within the legal community even while she was still in law school, an opportunity that was part of the reason she was drawn to T.C. Williams in the first place. She knew that she wanted to be a lawyer who was in court every day, that got to actually work with her clients and got to help them have a voice in the courtroom. While still in law school, Ms. Piper interned with the Spotsylvania Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, with the Chesterfield Commonwealth Attorney, with Chesterfield law firm Gordon Dodson, Gordon and Rowlett, and even helped to get the University of Richmond's Innocence Project off the ground as one of the first research assistants for the organization.
With that kind of experience behind her, Ms. Piper was able to jump into a civil clerkship with the Richmond Circuit Court immediately out of law school. She moved from her clerkship to a small civil firm in Midlothian before she landed back at Gordon, Dodson, Gordon & Rowlett – only this time, she wasn't just an intern. After almost five years of practicing at Gordon Dodson, she decided that it was time to step out on her own and open her own practice in January 2013.
Ms. Piper strongly believes that family law and criminal defense are the purest practices of law. The entire reason that we have most of the laws that we do is to protect our families. Ms. Piper is proud that families come to her in their times of crisis and she works hard to be honest with them about their circumstances, but also to understand that these are incredibly emotional matters. She applies not only her legal training and experience but also her personal life experiences to each case that she is trusted to handle.
- Florida State University - 2002
- Double Major in Political Science and Sociology
- Robert Byrd Scholar
- Florida Bright Futures Scholar
- President's Scholar
- FSU Honors program
- Golden Key National Honour Society
- Dean's List
- University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law, Juris Doctor - 2006
- Student Bar Association President
- Journal of Law and Public Interest, Manuscripts Editor
- Phi Delta Phi, Legal Ethics Chair
- American Bar Assoc., Lt. Gov, for the 4th Circuit
- John Marshall Inn of Court