Portrait Lisa Grafstein

Lisa Grafstein

Litigation Counsel

Lisa Grafstein joined DRNC in 2011 and served the agency with distinction as legal director 2014 – 2020. In her role as litigation counsel, she focuses on developing strategic legal cases, both individual and systemic, on behalf of DRNC’s constituents. As litigation counsel, Grafstein also assists DRNC attorneys in sharpening their litigation skills.  Prior to joining DRNC, Grafstein worked in private practice, primarily in the area of employment law. Since 2007, her peers selected her for inclusion in Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite. She was elevated to the magazine’s Hall of Fame in 2011. Grafstein also received recognition in the area of employment law by North Carolina Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America. In 2011, North Carolina Super Lawyers named her among the top 50 women lawyers in North Carolina. The NC Association of Women Attorneys honored her with the Gwyneth B. Davis award in 2012. Grafstein served as chair of the labor & employment law section of the NC Bar Association. Additionally, she was president of the NC Association of Women Attorneys and a board member for several nonprofits. Grafstein received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Northwestern University and a law degree from UNC School of Law.

Disability Rights NC

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Disability Rights North Carolina is a legal advocacy organization that fights for the rights of people with disabilities in North Carolina.

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