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)


Five Foley & Mansfield Attorneys Named to 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyer, Rising Star List

Five attorneys in the firm’s Minneapolis office have been named to the 2017 Minnesota Super Lawyers® and Rising Star® Lists.


North Star Program Recognizes Foley & Mansfield Attorneys for 2016 Pro Bono Service

Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce that Lisa Lamm Bachman, Tessa Mansfield and Wyatt Partridge have been named 2016 North Star Lawyers by The Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA).


Lisa Lamm Bachman Named to Minnesota Business Magazine 2017 (Real) Power 50 List

Lisa Lamm Bachman, managing Partner of Foley & Mansfield’s Minneapolis office, has been named to the Minnesota Business 2017 (Real) Power 50 list.



  • 2016 Safety Project 2016 Attorney of the Year, Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® - 2014-2016
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® Top Women Lawyers- 2015-2016
  • 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


  • 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.