Lisa M. Ghannoum

Partner

Cleveland
T +1.216.861.7872
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Overview

Lisa Ghannoum practices in the areas of complex commercial litigation, class action defense and white collar defense and corporate investigations before trial and appellate courts. With a practical approach, she counsels clients through complex issues while weighing the potential effects of legal decisions on their businesses and operations.

Lisa is the hiring partner for the Cleveland office and is an Unassigned Associates Group co-coordinator. 

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Commercial Litigation
  • Oversees the management of day-to-day litigation in defending Ohio's three largest banks in a putative class action lawsuit brought by the prosecutor of Geauga County challenging the use of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) and seeking to mandate the public recordation of all residential mortgage assignments in the state of Ohio. Manages case issues related to discovery, document preservation and client communications.
  • Responsible for all aspects of discovery on a team that achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of a Fortune 50 client in the healthcare/retail industry in a lawsuit to enforce a covenant not to compete after successfully moving to dismiss the defendants' counterclaims based on damaging information obtained in discovery.
White Collar
  • Conducted internal investigations in the banking industry related to embezzlement, banking fraud and similar matters. Counsels clients regarding the adequacy of internal controls and the modifications necessary to improve those controls.
  • Represented a federal criminal defendant in the construction industry who was accused of bribing public officials at a county hospital. Effectively counseled the client, including preparing the client to testify at federal criminal trials, and interfaced with federal prosecutors to achieve a favorable outcome for the client.
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Experience

Commercial Litigation
  • Oversees the management of day-to-day litigation in defending Ohio's three largest banks in a putative class action lawsuit brought by the prosecutor of Geauga County challenging the use of the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (MERS) and seeking to mandate the public recordation of all residential mortgage assignments in the state of Ohio. Manages case issues related to discovery, document preservation and client communications.
  • Responsible for all aspects of discovery on a team that achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of a Fortune 50 client in the healthcare/retail industry in a lawsuit to enforce a covenant not to compete after successfully moving to dismiss the defendants' counterclaims based on damaging information obtained in discovery.
  • Obtained a dismissal with prejudice of a putative class action lawsuit brought by an Illinois county prosecutor challenging the use of MERS and seeking to mandate the public recordation of all residential mortgage assignments in the state of Illinois. Successfully represented the client before the Seventh Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal.
  • Member of a litigation team that obtained a dismissal with prejudice of claims against county prosecutors and the county coroner in a Section 1983 civil rights litigation in which the plaintiff alleged the defendants withheld exculpatory evidence in violation of Brady v. Maryland during a 1989 murder trial.
  • Managed litigation that resulted in favorable settlements for three Ohio-based banks in cases alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Handled the day-to-day management of the three different cases and negotiated and drafted the settlement agreements.
White Collar
  • Conducted internal investigations in the banking industry related to embezzlement, banking fraud and similar matters. Counsels clients regarding the adequacy of internal controls and the modifications necessary to improve those controls.
  • Represented a federal criminal defendant in the construction industry who was accused of bribing public officials at a county hospital. Effectively counseled the client, including preparing the client to testify at federal criminal trials, and interfaced with federal prosecutors to achieve a favorable outcome for the client.
  • Represented a public company in a cybercriminal theft of trade secrets case and related civil matters arising from a former employee's theft of trade secrets.
  • Conducted an internal investigation into allegations of corruption for a large, multinational corporate client in the construction industry. Assisted the client in response to a federal grand jury subpoena and counseled witnesses in preparation for testimony at federal criminal trials.
  • Member of a litigation team instrumental in securing the dismissal of a 73-count state indictment alleging a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering, conspiracy, bribery and perjury against a client in the real estate industry.

Recognitions and Memberships

Recognitions

  • Ohio Super Lawyers "Rising Star"  (2010 to 2013, 2015, 2016)
  • YWCA Women of Professional Excellence Award (2014)

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • White Collar Crime Section for the Midwest/Ohio Region: Chair
    • Young Lawyers Subcommittee: Co-Chair
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Community

  • JD Breast Cancer Foundation (non-profit organization providing essential services to individuals with breast cancer): Board of Directors, Vice President
  • United Way "Rock the Catwalk": Sponsorship Committee

Pro Bono

  • Co-authored and argued a federal criminal appeal before the Sixth Circuit related to the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 that led to a favorable result for the client.
  • Member of an appellate team that won the reversal of a murder conviction on behalf of a college student who had been involved in a campus fight.
  • Represented a juvenile client in a U.S. District Court in an immigration proceeding to obtain a voluntary departure order.

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2006
  • Ohio

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 2006, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Notes Editor, Case Western Reserve Law Review
  • B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2003, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program with concentration in Legal Studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa