Lisa Stratton is an attorney and advocate who has dedicated her career to breaking down gender barriers and representing individuals facing gender bias in their workplaces or schools. She has lived in Minnesota since 1990, when she left Washington, D.C. to accept a fellowship at the University of Minnesota Law School. After law school, Lisa clerked for judges on both the Minnesota Supreme Court and the federal district court in Minnesota before starting her litigation practice with the class action law firm Sprenger & Lang. From 2006 to 2010, Lisa returned to the law school, joining the faculty as a clinical professor and directing a Worker’s Rights Clinic. Lisa’s 20-year legal career spans public, private, and non-profit settings and has had noteworthy successes in federal cases on behalf of undocumented immigrant workers facing sexual harassment and women trailblazing in male-dominated industries.
In 2010, Lisa co-founded the non-profit organization Gender Justice. Gender Justice’s innovative mission recognizes that stereotypes and biases based on sex, gender, gender identity or expression, and sexual orientation are inextricably linked. It challenges these stereotypes and biases through high-impact cases that bring to light how these stereotypes harm us all. Gender Justice complements its litigation program with policy advocacy to change the law and with public education and training to inform people of their rights and how they can enforce them. Lisa launched Gender Justice's policy program in 2014, serving as a key advocate at the Minnesota legislature for the package of progressive public policy changes passed in Minnesota's groundbreaking Women's Economic Security Act. In 2018, Lisa returned to private practice, where she continues to represent clients facing discrimination and to engage in public policy advocacy and education and training. She is a frequent speaker on the impact of the #MeToo movement on law and policy.