Lisa A. Brown

Chief Performance Officer and Chief of Staff


As Faegre Drinker’s chief performance officer, Lisa Brown leverages her problem-solving, project management and consensus-building skills, and her background in firm management and as a practicing lawyer, to enhance the performance of individual partners and principals, practice groups and industry teams, and the firm. She collaborates with firm leadership to implement strategic initiatives and manage change through effective planning, communication and educational programming for partners and principals.

Lisa shares her insight on lawyer development as a featured speaker at conferences and law schools nationwide.

Talent and Leadership Experience

For more than a decade, Lisa was the chief talent partner at Schiff Hardin LLP. Lisa designed and implemented leading talent management systems for lawyers — including professional development, practice development, recruitment and diversity — that propelled the firm to national recognition in attorney satisfaction and diversity. She also supported top leadership on its broader strategic and operational initiatives.

Litigation Experience

Before becoming Schiff Hardin’s chief talent partner, Lisa was a partner litigating complex commercial and class action cases.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

HR Certification Institute — Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification (SPHR)

University of Chicago Law School
J.D. (1995)

Wesleyan University
B.A. Phi Beta Kappa (1990)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Strengthening Recruiting and Interviewing Practices
    Hiring Partner Conference, National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Foundation, Houston, 2018
  • Charting a Career Path and Authentic Leadership Styles
    Women in Law Summit, Women’s Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, 2018
  • An Innovative Approach to Hiring Lawyers: One Firm’s New Program Reflects Its Firm Values and Eliminates Implicit Bias
    Symposia on the State of Diversity in the Legal Profession, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP), Chicago and Seattle, 2017
  • Data-Driven Recruiting
    Metrics, Diversity and Law Conference of the Research Group on Legal Diversity, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, 2016

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Legal Career Professionals (NALP)
  • Professional Development Consortium (PDC)

Civic Activities

  • The Posse Foundation, a nationwide college access and youth leadership development program — Advisory Council Board, Career Coach, Interviewer
  • University of Chicago Law School — Advisory Council; Women’s Mentoring Program; Alumnae Advisory Board

Firm Leadership

  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2017-19
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