- Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1992, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
Case Western Reserve Law Review, Executive Notes Editor, 1991-1992
- Cornell University, B.S., 1985
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
- Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.
- The Honorable Frank J. Battisti, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 1992-1993
As a business litigator and partner in the Vorys Cleveland office, Lisa helps clients resolve disputes involving complex litigation including fiduciary litigation, defense of legal malpractice claims, consumer class actions, and oil and gas drilling and operations disputes. In addition, Lisa has significant experience defending claims of breach of contract, mortgage fraud, lender liability, and employment discrimination. Lisa resolves her clients' disputes through motion practice and trials in state and federal courts throughout Ohio and across the country, as well as through negotiations.
Lisa’s experience handling disputes involving fiduciaries has led her to be the co-chair of the trust and estate litigation subgroup. As a leader in the trust and estate litigation subgroup, Lisa is at the cutting edge of trends in the field.
As part of the Vorys e Control team, Lisa counsels businesses on strategies for protecting their brands and reputations online and combating illegal online sales. In doing so, Lisa assists clients in developing legal claims against unauthorized online sellers, including enforcing trademarks through the Lanham Act and related claims.
Career highlights include:
- Defeating a consumer class action complaint brought under Ohio's Consumer Sales Practice Act and upholding that judgement on appeal
- Defending attorneys and law firm against claims of legal malpractice in the drafting of estate planning documents; achieving favorable settlement
- Winning a defense verdict defeating 13 claims of breach of fiduciary duty against a trustee of an irrevocable trust and then protecting that judgment on appeal; the eventual settlement of the matter resulted in Vorys’ client recovering $1 million from the plaintiffs
- Successfully litigating issues involving petition and ballot initiatives under Ohio law
- Oversight over a team of in excess of 30 lawyers handling hundreds of pieces of litigation in 28 states defending against lender liability claims.
- Providing guidance to the Secretary of State regarding the proper exercise of county and local petition power under the Ohio Constitution
- Obtaining successful settlements in a complex mortgage fraud case in state court involving 22 borrowers
- Winning a unanimous defense verdict in an age discrimination case brought under state law
Lisa is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Women's Bar Association and the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association. In 2017, Lisa was selected to join the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section council of the OSBA.
Lisa regularly speaks and writes on her experience in several areas including trust and estate disputes, consumer finance, statewide regulation of oil and gas activity, depositions, trial practice and professionalism. A full list of her prior speaking engagements and articles she’s written can be found under “Events” and “Insights.”
Lisa is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated™ by Martindale-Hubbell.
Lisa received her J.D. summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the executive notes editor of the Case Western Reserve Law Review. She received her B.S. from Cornell University.
Professional and Community Activities
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Certified Grievance Committee, member, 2018 to present
- Ohio State Bar Association, Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Section council, 2017 to present
- Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, Member, 2011 to present
- Center for Families and Children, Board of Directors, 2008 to present; Vice Chair of the Board, 2019 to present; Chair, Program and Operations Committee, 2013 to 2018; Co-Chair, Quality, Risk and Program Committee, 2018 to present
- Circle Health, Board of Directors, 2017 to present; Co-Chair Quality, Risk and Program Committee, 2018 to present
- El Barrio, Board of Directors, 2011 to present
- Ohio Women’s Bar Association, Eighth District Trustee, 1999 to 2002; Program and Projects Committee Co-Chair, 2003-2004; Recipient of the OWBA's President's Choice Award 2002
- Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, 2011
Honors & Awards
- The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2021
- The Best Lawyers in America, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, 2021
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
- Cleveland's Top Lawyers, 2012
- Ohio Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2010-2011
- YWCA Business Women of Professional Excellence Award, 2008
- Eighth District Judicial Conference, Life Member
- 3/25/2015Vorys attorneys Lisa Forbes and Beth Weinewuth presented to the Catholic Foundation’s Professional Advisors Group on March 25, 2015.
- 10/28/2014Vorys partner Lisa Forbes will be a speaker at the CFPB and Beyond: Consumer Finance Update hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association on October 28, 2014.
- Spring 2017Wilson v. Lawrence: Ohio Supreme Court Upholds Strict Interpretation of Statute Governing Presentment of Claims Against Estates; Rejects Argument of Substantial ComplianceCreditors of Ohio estates have little room for error under a decision handed down by the Supreme Court of Ohio on April 19, 2017.
- 5/25/2016The first wave of attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) recently proposed rules prohibiting class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements occurred during the House Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee hearing entitled “Examining the CFPB’s Proposed Rulemaking on Arbitration.
- 5/25/2016Financial Services Alert: Regulations Prohibiting Class Action Waivers Published in Federal RegisterOn May 24, 2016 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) proposed arbitration rule was published in the Federal Register.
- 5/16/2016Financial Services Alert: Narrow Win For Spokeo at The U.S. Supreme Court: Plaintiffs Must Demonstrate Concrete Harm Even For Statutory ViolationsIn a highly-anticipated opinion, this morning the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins.
- 5/6/2016Financial Services Alert: CFPB Invites Comment on Newly Proposed Regulations Banning Class Action WaiversThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) yesterday released a widely anticipated proposed rule that would: (1) prohibit class action waivers in pre-dispute arbitration agreements, and (2) require a provider to submit records from individual arbitrations to the CFPB.
- 11/6/2015During Monday’s oral argument in Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, No. 13-1339, the Supreme Court appeared sharply divided on the issue of whether a plaintiff has standing to sue for a technical violation of a federal consumer law even when there is no indication that the plaintiff has actually been harmed by the violation.
- 3/16/2015The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a study on March 10, 2015 that concludes that pre-dispute arbitration agreements restrict a consumers’ relief. This study is the latest step in the CFPB’s analysis of lenders’ arbitration practices and is widely regarded as a precursor to new regulations.
- 1/20/2015Client Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Holds That Borrowers Need Only Give Notice of Intent to Rescind Under TILA within Three Years of ClosingOn January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of homeowners seeking to rescind their loans and mortgages with written notice to lenders within three years of completion of a real estate transaction, where lenders allegedly failed to comply with the federal Truth in Lending Act (TILA). Based on this decision in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., it is not necessary that a homeowner actually file a court action within those three years.
- 8/27/2014On August 22, 2014, the Sixth District Court of Appeals affirmed on all counts a Williams County probate court’s September 2012 decision in favor of PNC Bank, National Association against successor trustee and beneficiaries’ various breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims. The decision in Newcomer v. National City Bank, (2014-Ohio-3619; 2007 Ohio App. LEXIS 6365 (Ohio App. 6th Dist.)) provides critical guidance for Ohio trustees on four key points of law.
- March/April 2013Vorys attorneys Daniel Buckley, Lisa Babish Forbes, Elizabeth Weinewuth and Elizabeth Davis Conway authored an article for the Probate Law Journal of Ohio titled "Important Guidance for Ohio Trustees: Newcomber V. National City Bank."