Lisa W. Borden

Pro Bono Shareholder
1400 Wells Fargo Tower
420 20th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
T: 205.244.3803
F: 205.488.3803

Lisa W. Borden, resident in the Firm's Birmingham office, is Baker Donelson's Pro Bono Shareholder. In that capacity, Ms. Borden is responsible for overseeing the development, growth and administration of the Firm's pro bono programs. Ms. Borden also serves as Assistant General Counsel, providing ethics, conflicts and professional responsibility advice and counsel to the Firm's attorneys.

Ms. Borden's own pro bono legal work focuses on representation of indigent death row inmates in post-conviction proceedings, seeking to end abusive practices related to court fines and fees, and representation of the homeless as part of the Firm's work with the Homeless Experience Legal Protection (HELP) program. Ms. Borden currently serves as chair of the Alabama Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, and is a member of the Board of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and the Advisory Committee for the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. She is past-president of the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, and also previously served on the Boards of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice.

For more information about the Firm's pro bono programs, please visit our Pro Bono page ( and read One Good Turn, Ms. Borden's blog about pro bono matters (

In addition, Ms. Borden practices in the areas of professional liability, employment law, employer resources and commercial litigation. She has frequently represented both public and private entities in class and collective actions in employment discrimination cases, as well as a variety of other business and commercial litigation contexts. Ms. Borden has extensive trial and appellate experience. Her employment-related experience includes litigation concerning employee selection procedures, including the validation of tests and other selection instruments under the EEOC's Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures and the professional standards in the field of industrial and organization psychology. 

Speaking Engagements

  • "Pro Bono In Practice: Criminal Justice," Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2015
  • "Pro Bono In Practice: Post-Prison Re-Entry," Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2013
  • "Pro Bono And Social Media," Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2012
  • "Pitching Pro Bono," Pro Bono Institute Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., March 2010
  • "Alabama Appleseed Panel on Constitutional Reform," Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting, Orange Beach, Alabama, July 2009
  • "Defending Minimum Qualifications for E-Applicants and Beyond," Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 21st Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Workshop, Dallas, Texas, May 2006
  • "Defending Minimum Qualifications for E-Applicants and Beyond," International Public Management Association - Assessment Council, 30th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 2006
  • "Identifying and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest," National Business Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, December 2005
  • "Developing Defensible Selection Procedures," Personnel Testing Council of Southern California - Annual Conference, Long Beach, California, October 2005
  • "Test Validation Litigation: Legal Requirements and Lessons Learned," 29th Annual International Public Management Association - Assessment Council Conference, Orlando, Florida, June 2005
  • "Employee Handbooks: Effective Use and Avoiding Problems," National Business Institute, Birmingham, Alabama, March 2005
  • "Performance Evaluation and Employee Discipline, National Business Institute," Birmingham, Alabama, March 2005
  • "Developing Defensible Selection Procedures," Association of Test Publishers "Innovations in Testing" Conference, Phoenix, Arizona, March 2005
  • "Electronic Discovery: The Big Case," Cumberland School of Law Continuing Legal Education," Birmingham, Alabama, December 2004


Professional Honors & Activities

  • Recipient – American Bar Association Section of Litigation John Minor Wisdom Public Service and Professionalism Award, 2016
  • Finalist – Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, Chambers Diversity Awards: USA 2016
  • Recipient – Birmingham Business Journal's 2016 Women to Watch Award
  • Named one of B-Metro magazine's Top Women Lawyers, 2015 – 2016
  • Recipient – Birmingham Bar Association L. Burton Barnes III Public Service Award, 2014
  • Named one of Birmingham Magazine's "20 Women Who Make a Difference," 2014
  • Adjunct Professor of Poverty Law, University of Alabama School of Law, Fall 2013
  • Member – American (Center for Professional Responsibility and Litigation Section), Alabama and Birmingham Bar Associations
  • Chair – Alabama Access to Justice Commission
  • Member – Birmingham Bar Association Grievance Committee
  • Board President – Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2014 
  • Member – Alabama State Bar Pro Bono Week Task Force  
  • Girl Scout troop leader, 2003 – 2015
  • Panelist – Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Special Expertise Panel on Workforce Staffing and Deployment, 2006 – 2007


  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1990
  • Alabama, 1989


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • University of Central Florida, B.A., 1982