Pro Bono Partner and Director of New Perimeter
Lisa Dewey became DLA Piper’s full-time Pro Bono Partner in 1999. As such, she advises and represents individuals and public interest organizations on a pro bono basis.
She has represented a man on death row in Alabama, several federal criminal appeals, and families who lost loved ones in the Khobar Towers terrorist attack in 1996. She represented the Stethem family in a lawsuit against the government of Iran under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; that suit, concerning the death of Robert Stethem in a terrorist aircraft hijacking, resulted in a $321 million judgment against the Government of Iran. Dewey has represented refugees seeking asylum in the United States and several individuals in family law, juvenile, and housing matters.
Lisa Dewey cultivates DLA Piper’s strategic thinking on pro bono, including the vision for DLA Piper’s US pro bono program, including over 1,500 lawyers. She also serves as the Director for New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate dedicated to global pro bono work.
As pro bono partner, Ms. Dewey also supervises associates to ensure they receive the training, mentoring, and staff support they need to give pro bono clients high-quality legal services. She identifies and procures pro bono opportunities and ensures widespread participation in the pro bono programs on partner, Of Counsel, associate, and staff levels across DLA Piper’s offices in 23 US cities. Ms. Dewey also develops and spearheads DLA Piper’s signature on pro bono partnerships between DLA Piper, corporate clients, and legal service providers.