Lisa A. Corman
Lisa was raised outside of Chicago and came to the Bay area via San Diego and Tübingen, Germany. Her interest in the law came from her passion for social justice and fairness in employment. Lisa originally was a Maritime law practitioner, before shifting to employment law. During her time as an employment law attorney, she represented men and women who faced discrimination and harassment in their workplaces. She also represented individuals in wage and hour claims; including several “House Mothers” against a “Gentlemen’s Club.” In 2006, her focus changed to insurance defense where she defended various companies in products liability cases. Although representing companies was seemingly incompatible with her passion for social justice, it provided Lisa with an understanding of the complexities and nuances corporations may face.
With this knowledge, and ability to see both sides of a story, Lisa realized there is a larger market to be served by her expertise. It also brought her to partner with Jennifer Willis to bring Lilac Law to fruition. Lisa truly understands that the needs of justice are dictated by circumstances and facts. She looks forward to bringing her balanced perspective to the Bay area.
Lisa resides in Oakland with her daughter Hannah, dog Bentley, and cat Alaska. When she is not practicing the law- she can be found swimming, biking, or doing PiYo, walking the dog, cooking, and watching hockey (go Blackhawks!). Lisa also enjoys as much time as possible with Hannah and attending her dance recitals, theater productions, and chorales. Lisa is a proud and active volunteer with the Alameda County “Lawyers in the Library” program.
Jennifer L. Willis
Jennifer was born in Montana, raised in Salem, Oregon, and made her way to the Bay area more than 20 years ago after brief stops in Southern California, Las Vegas, and Sacramento. She went to law school to become a stronger advocate for social justice and progressive causes. Since graduating from UC Hastings in 2008, Jennifer worked with the Disability Resource Program at her law school to ensure that students with disabilities were provided with the appropriate individualized reasonable accommodations, clerked at ChangeLab Solutions, where she co-authored an amicus curiae brief on severability for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Supreme Court case, and spent three years advocating for low-income San Francisco tenants at the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, where she served nearly 1,000 individual clients and families.
Prior to law school, Jennifer worked for almost 15 years for Working Assets (now CREDO Mobile), a for-profit business that has raised more than $80 million in donations for progressive nonprofits.
Jennifer lives in San Francisco with her husband Matt (an avid Zumba instructor) and her cats Darla and Mewbert. When she is not fighting for justice, she likes to spend time with friends and family and listening to live music. Jennifer continues to serve a number of clients in subsidized housing on a pro bono basis and also regularly volunteers with the Housing Negotiation Project of Bar Association of San Francisco.
Jennifer looks forward to bringing her years of experience and education along with her passion for social justice to our new practice!