Earning the trust of her colleagues and clients has never been a challenge for commercial litigation specialist Lisa Bradley. Even during the earliest days of her legal career, Bradley's peers trusted her to handle court hearings, depositions and settlement conferences. During these early days, Bradley efficiently juggled more than 50 cases at any given time.
And as Bradley gained more experience, she took on more complex cases, representing major lenders and government-sponsored entities in high-stakes litigation.
Why have so many entrusted Bradley to handle these complicated cases during a relatively still young career? It’s her skill, legal knowledge and commitment to her clients. No one outworks Bradley, and few can equal her ability to uncover the key issues in a case and use that knowledge to best serve her clients.
Today, Bradley focuses her practice on general and commercial aviation litigation and transactional matters. She is currently representing clients in one of the world's largest aviation litigation cases. Most recently, she earned a favorable decision for a client in a Title VII matter in the Eastern District of Michigan.
Adam Codilis, president and attorney at law with Codilis & Associates in Burr Ridge, Illinois, said that Bradley boasts all the skills needed to become a star in Chicago's legal world.
"In her tenure at my firm, I was consistently impressed with Lisa's work product, her firm grasp and efficient research on the legal issues in any given case, her poise in the courtroom and the ease with which she balances professionalism and familiarity in communications with clients and other counsel, all while juggling a heavy caseload," Codilis said.
Bradley hasn't let any obstacles interfere with her dedication to the law. In 2018, she relocated to New York after her husband found a new job. She practiced contract litigation and appellate work all while studying to pass the New York bar. Just one month after being sworn into this state's bar association, she successfully argued her first appellate argument in front of the Appellate Division in the Second Judicial Department of New York.
Codilis said that as he's continued to follow Bradley's career, her talents have only continued to impress.
"She was and continues to be dedicated to her clients as well as her ethical responsibilities," Codilis said. "Lisa's professionalism and candor to clients, opposing counsel and the court is second to none."
Despite her busy career, Bradley has found time to serve her profession. She is a member of several bar associations, including the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, New York State Bar and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.
Bradley also gives back to her community. She is a supporter of the Mercy House for Boys and Girls, the Catch-A-Dream Foundation and the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which she raised money for while running the New York City Marathon. Bradley also sponsors children in Kenya through World Vision.