Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Lisa M. Lamm Bachman

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

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 a Partner in Foley & Mansfield’s Minneapolis office, and the chair of the Mediation & Arbitration practice group. In her more than 25 years of practice, Lisa has tried numerous cases before both bench and jury, represented clients in several arbitration proceedings, and handled a variety of appellate matters.

Lisa’s practice is focused on employment law and litigation, handling matters involving sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower, FMLA, ADA violations, misappropriation of trade secrets, and non-compete agreements. 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. In addition to her litigation practice, Lisa routinely advises employers on a variety of employment issues, conducts outside investigations of employee workplace complaints, and provides employee and management training concerning workplace issues to assist businesses with efforts to minimize liability for discrimination and harassment claims.

Likewise, Lisa has significant experience representing clients in a variety of matters including complex commercial and environmental disputes, closely held shareholder disputes, fraud claims and general liability matters. Lisa’s experience also includes defending claims related to professional malpractice, errors and omissions and directors and officers’ liability.

Lisa is a Qualified Rule 114 ADR Neutral for Civil Facilitative/Hybrid processes and is a Member of the Roster for the American Arbitration Association’s Employment Panel for which she has served as an arbitrator for employment-related disputes.


  • Defended multi-million dollar closely held shareholder dispute in two-day bench trial resulting in zero verdict.
  • Defended multi-million dollar claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and violation of non-compete in a nine-day jury trial resulting in a zero verdict.
  • Tried breach of contract and promissory estoppel claims on behalf of glove manufacturer resulting in a $1.5M jury verdict.
  • 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 business in an alleged fraudulent transfer action resulting in a zero verdict.
  • Tried an accounting fraud claim resulting in a six-figure jury verdict and confidential settlement prior to punitive damage phase. 
  • Defended multi-million dollar shareholder dispute in closely held corporation prevailing in significant motion practice resulting in favorable settlement for client.
  • 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)
  • Ofor v.Ofor, A10-2047 (Minn. Ct. App. 2011)
  • The Grandoe Corporation v. Gander Mountain Company, 761 F.3d 876 (8th Cir. App. 2014)
  • Mogren v. Johnson, WL 3884503 (Minn. Ct. App. 2016)


August 18, 2022
12 Foley & Mansfield Lawyers Named to 2023 Best Lawyers® List and 2023 Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch”

Two Foley & Mansfield lawyers have been included in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers and ten have been included in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.


August 23, 2021
Nine Foley & Mansfield Attorneys Named to 2022 ‘Best Lawyers’ and ‘Ones to Watch’ Lists

Nine Foley & Mansfield Attorneys have been named to 2022 ‘Best Lawyers’ and ‘Ones to Watch’ Lists.



  • Best Lawyers in America®, 2021-2023
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers® - 2014-2022
  • Top Women Attorney - Minnesota Super Lawyers® - 2015-2018
  • Minnesota Business Magazine - The (Real) Power 50- 2017 
  • Attorney of the Year - Tubman Pro Bono Safety Project - 2016
  • North Star Lawyer, MSBA Pro Bono Award - 2013-2017
  • Super Lawyers® Business Edition - Employment Litigation – 2014
  • Journey of Hope Award - Battered Women's Legal Advocacy Project - 2010
  • Attorney of the Year - Tubman Family Alliance - 2009
  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®


  • Management Liability Seminar (D&O, EPL & Cyber Threats), Co-Presentation with Hays Companies, August 22, 2017
  • Lawyer Like a Boss: Management for Lawyers – Path to Partnership MSBA CLE, April 13, 2017
  • 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 4, 2016
  • Safeguard Against Employment Retaliation Claims: What You Need to Know, The Knowledge Group, February 12, 2016


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


  • Board Member, Battered Women’s Legal Advocacy Project (2011-2017)
  • Board Member, Hennepin County Bar Foundation (2010-2016)
  • Board Member, Call For Justice, LLC (2015-2018)


  • 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. 
  • 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.