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Lisa W. Borden

Pro Bono Shareholder

Lisa W. Borden is the Firm's Pro Bono Shareholder and is responsible for overseeing the development, growth and administration of the Firm's pro bono programs.

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Professional Biography


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, prison conditions litigation, 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 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-chair of the Alabama Supreme Court's Access to Justice Commission, 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.

Ms. Borden has extensive trial and appellate experience. 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. 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.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers in Legal Aid/Pro Bono (2018)
  • Recipient – Volunteer Award, The Advocates for Human Rights (2018)
  • Recipient – 2018 Servant Leadership Award, The Vulcans Community Awards 
  • Named to Positive Maturity, Inc.'s Top 50 Over 50 (2017)
  • 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 Flight Attorneys" (2018)
  • Named one of B-Metro Magazine's Top Women Lawyers (2015 – 2018)
  • Recipient – Susan Bevill Livingston Award (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 (2017)
  • 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)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Ferguson, Fines and Fees," Pro Bono Institute (March 2017)
  • "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)
In the News


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


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

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