Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Lisa M. Lamm Bachman

Managing Partner - Minneapolis


Bar Admissions: Minnesota; Nebraska; U.S. District Court, Minnesota; U.S. District Court, Nebraska; U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit

Practice Groups: Commercial Litigation, Employment Law & Litigation, Mediation & Arbitration, Pro Bono, Professional Liability Defense

Education: Creighton University School of Law, 1991, J.D.; University of Colorado at Boulder, 1988, B.A., Political Science & History

Memberships: Defense Research Institute (DRI); Douglas K. Amdahl American Inn of Court; Hennepin County Bar Association; Minnesota State Bar Association; Minnesota Women Lawyers Association; Nebraska State Bar Association; Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS); The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM); Member of the Roster for the American Arbitration Association - Employment Panel


Lisa Lamm Bachman is the Managing Partner of Foley & Mansfield’s Minneapolis office. In her more than 20 years of practice, Lisa has tried numerous cases before both bench and jury, and has handled more than a dozen appellate proceedings. Most recently, she obtained a defense verdict issued from the bench after a two-day trial in a closely held shareholder dispute.

Lisa’s practice is focused on employment law and litigation, handling matters involving discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, FMLA, ERISA interference, FLSA, misappropriation of trade secrets, and non-compete agreements. In addition, Lisa has assisted clients in responding to charges of discrimination/retaliation filed with the EEOC, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, and the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights.

Likewise, Lisa has significant experience representing businesses in a variety of commercial matters, contract disputes, closely-held shareholder disputes, fraud claims and general liability matters. Lisa’s experience also includes defending claims related to product liability, commercial construction, and professional malpractice.

Lisa is a Member of the Roster for the American Arbitration Association’s Employment Panel.



  • Tried breach of contract and promissory estoppel claims resulting in a $1.5M jury verdict. (United States District Court- District of Minnesota, Court File No.: 11-CV-0947(PJS/FLN)
  • Defended multi-million dollar trade secret misappropriation action obtaining dismissal. 
  • Defended multi-million dollar legal malpractice claim resulting in dismissal affirmed on appeal. 
  • Obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar construction-defect claim on summary judgment motion. 
  • Defended six-figure fraud claim to a zero verdict. 
  • Tried an accounting fraud claim resulting in a six-figure jury verdict and confidential settlement prior to punitive damage phase. 
  • Obtained reversal of termination of 20-year employee after evidentiary hearing before Minneapolis Civil Service Commission.
  • Defended multi-million dollar shareholder dispute in closely held corporation prevailing in significant motion practice resulting in favorable settlement for client.
  • Tried adversarial action establishing debtor obtained loan through fraud resulting in a six-figure non-dischargeable debt. 
  • Obtained dismissal of multi-million dollar real estate fraud claim on summary judgment motion. 
  • Nash v. Kmart Corp., WL370467 (Minn. Ct. App. 1997)
  • Gradjelick v. Hance, 627 N.W. 2d 708 (Minn. Ct. App. 2001)
  • Gradjelick v. Hance, 646 N.W. 2d 225 (Minn. 2002)
  • Bajwa v. Foster, WL 2245801 (Minn. Ct. App. 2007)
  • Johnson v. City of Shorewood, et al., WL434680 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Grachek v. Grachek, 750 N.W. 2d 328 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Reiken v. Achim IV, Inc., WL 5136941 (Minn. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Khangsar v. Zrust, WL1375412 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Chaltu A. Omar v. Bariso Mohammed Omar, A09-2178 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • St. Paul Public Schools, ISD #625 v. Bergmann, WL 10407 (Minn. Ct. App. 2010)
  • Glenn v. Marcussen, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Case No.: 09-6029 (2010)
  • Marcussen v. Glenn, U.S. Court of Appeals Case No.: 10-2031(8th Cir. App. 2011)
  • Ofor v.Ofor, A10-2047 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011)


Lamm Bachman, Salmen and Brotten Recognized as 2018 Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota

Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce the inclusion of three women attorneys to the 2018 Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota list by Super Lawyers.®


Coming Together for a Purpose

The people at Foley believe that having a team of diverse and multifaceted individuals is essential to delivering the highest caliber, results-oriented legal representation to clients.... Consistent with that belief, they have thrown the doors wide to welcome and develop women in all areas of the profession.


Learn Your ‘Uber’ Lesson: An Ounce Of Prevention May Well Be Worth A Really Heavy Pound Of Cure

Lisa Lamm Bachman discusses the steps that should be taken to enhance prevention of workplace complaints and misconduct.



  • 2016 Safety Project 2016 Attorney of the Year, Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® - 2014-2017
  • Top Women Attorney - Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2015-2018
  • North Star Lawyer, MSBA Pro Bono Award, 2013 - 2016
  • Super Lawyers® Business Edition - Employment Litigation - 2014
  • Attorney of the Year - Tubman Family Alliance
  • Journey of Hope Award - Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®


  • Qualified Neutral Under Rule 114 of the Minnesota  General Rules of Practice.


  • Fiduciary Duties & Retirement Plans: Your Responsibilities are Changing, Minnesota Business Magazine Executive Forum, February 8, 2017
  • Employee Retaliation Claims and Helpful Steps for Preventing or Minimizing Employer Liability, 2016 CLM Southwest Conference, November, 2016


  • Pro Bono coordinator, Foley & Mansfield Minneapolis 
  • Volunteer Attorney - Tubman Safety Project, assisting low-income victims of domestic violence 
  • Volunteer Attorney- Children’s Law Center, assisting Minnesota youth in foster care


  • Board Member, Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project
  • Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Foundation, 2010-2016
  • Chair, Board of Directors, Call For Justice, LLC


  • Learn Your ‘Uber’ Lesson_ An Ounce Of Prevention May Well Be Worth A Really Heavy Pound Of Cure, C-Level Magazine, August, 2017Read this Article. 
  • Basic R.E.S.P.E.C.T.: Effective Tools for Preventing Religious Discrimination At Work, C-Level Magazine, May, 2017Read this Article. 
  • Employers Must Remain Vigilant To Prevent National Origin Discrimination, C-Level Magazine, March, 2017. Read this Article. 
  • Will it be a Happy New Year for Employers? Stay Tuned. C-Level Magazine, January, 2017. Read this Article. 
  • Strengthening Anti-Harassment Initiatives May Improve the Bottom Line, C-Level Magazine, November, 2016. Read this Article. 
  • Who's Got Your Back? Watch Lisa's video on employment law & litigation. View.
  • Lisa Lamm Bachman gives a voice to children and victims of domestic abuse, Super Lawyers Magazine, Minnesota - 2016. Read this Publication. 
  • Lamm Bachman discusses the latest legal developments regarding unpaid leave and ADA compliance in C-Level Magazine - July, 2016. Read this Publication. 
  • Lamm Bachman is profiled in the special Women in Law edition of Attorney at Law - October, 2015. Read this Publication. 
  • What Every Employer Needs to Know About FMLA, HR Solutions Blog - January, 2015. Read this Publication. 
  • Lamm Bachman Wins $2.1 Million for Glove Company, Minnesota Lawyer Magazine - August, 2014. Read this Publication. 
  • California Uber Decision Significant for Contractor-Based Businesses, Attorney at Law - August, 2015. Read this Publication. 
  • Lisa Lamm Bachman Takes Pro Bono Work to Heart, The Hennepin Lawyer - September, 2010.