Lisa Y. Settles
Pessin Katz Law P.A.
As the first African-American female member at Pessin Katz Law, P.A., Lisa Y. Settles said she often gets asked for advice on how to navigate uncharted waters and is happy to guide and mentor attorneys along the way.
“I have come to appreciate that the individual successes that I have been fortunate enough to achieve often serve as a source of encouragement for others, professionally, in my community and society at large,” she said.
Settles, who received her law degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 1995, has been a member at Pessin Katz Law P.A., since 2009, after working as an associate there in 2003.
She began her career as a legal assistant at Patuxent Institution in 1989, followed by a few years working as a stipulations examiner at the Injured Workers Insurance Fund. After law school, she worked as an assistant federal court monitor at the Office of the Federal Court Monitor before taking a position as coordinator of compliance for Baltimore County Public Schools.
“Reflecting upon my twenty-one years in the practice of law, I have come to recognize that the most significant professional accomplishment I have achieved has been witnessing, first-hand, the positive impact of my mentoring efforts on less experienced attorneys,” she said.
In addition to her work at the firm, Settles has celebrated 30 years as a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and serves on the executive council of the Baltimore County Bar Association. She has previously served in various capacities on boards throughout the region, including for Hannah More School and Adoptions Together Inc.
She also serves as librarian of the adult choir of The Church of the Redeemed of the Lord in Baltimore.
Quote: “I have come to appreciate that the individual successes that I have been fortunate enough to achieve often serve as a source of encouragement for others, professionally, in my community and society at large.”