Lisa Smith is a speaker, recovery coach, podcast host, and former practicing lawyer and law firm executive. She is the author of the acclaimed memoir, Girl Walks Out of a Bar. The book recounts her descent into and recovery from “high-functioning” alcohol and cocaine addiction in big New York City law firms.
Named one of The New York Law Journal’s 2020 “Trailblazers,” Lisa’s story launched her to the forefront of the movement to advance well-being in the legal profession. She speaks frequently at law firms, law schools, bar associations, and other organizations on these issues. As a consultant, Lisa works with firms to structure and implement wellbeing initiatives that are both meaningful and practical for all stakeholders. She is also able to coach individual employees and administrative staff members seeking recovery.
Lisa is passionate about smashing the stigma around mental health and substance abuse disorders, particularly for professional women. She co-hosts the podcast, Recovery Rocks, an inclusive discussion of issues affecting people in all kinds of recovery. She is also a founding member of the SHE RECOVERS® Legal Professionals group.
Lisa serves on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Depression Project, which works to break the stigma around all mental health disorders and to provide peer support. She also served on the Advisory Board of Law.com’s Minds Over Matters mental health reporting project.
Lisa has appeared on TODAY, BBC World News, and FOX News discussing substance use disorders. Her writing has been published in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Women’s Health, Refinery29, TheTemper.com, A Women’s Thing, and WorkitHealth.com, among others.
Prior to beginning her more than 20-year legal administration career, Lisa practiced law in the Corporate Finance group of a leading international firm. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and Rutgers School of Law, where she served on the Editorial Board of the Rutgers Law Review.