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Ava E. Lias-Booker | McGuireWoods

Ava E. Lias-Booker, leader of the litigation practice in the Baltimore office of McGuireWoods LLP, accepted the invitation of the Board of Trustees of Physicians Realty Trust, a self-managed health care real estate company organized to acquire, selectively develop, own and manage health care properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and health care delivery systems, to join the company’s board, effective March 1.

In connection with her appointment, the board increased its size from eight to nine trustees. Lias-Booker will stand for election at the company’s 2022 annual meeting of shareholders.

Lias-Booker has been with McGuireWoods LLP since 2004. A seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, she has more than three decades of first chair trial experience representing businesses from a broad range of industries in complex commercial and civil litigation. She is also chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a member of its Diversity Action Council and part of its seven-member Associates Committee.

She served as co-lead counsel to a multinational oil and gas corporation that successfully argued for the reversal of jury verdicts awarding plaintiffs more than $1.5 billion in compensatory and punitive damages before Maryland’s highest appellate court. In addition, she has successfully defended financial institutions in a myriad of cases at the trial and appellate levels.

Lias-Booker’s dedication to providing excellent client service is matched by her passion for mentoring young lawyers and serving Baltimore’s legal and civic communities, the state, and the nation. She serves as a member of the board of directors of University of Maryland Saint Joseph’s Medical Center and sits on the boards of visitors of Duke University School of Law and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (emeritus).

She is a former member of the boards of directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Open Society Institute. She also serves as chair of the Magistrate Judges’ Merit Selection Panel of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and was a gubernatorial appointee to the Maryland Appellate Judicial Nominating Committee. She frequently speaks on litigation, leadership and diversity issues.