Hogan, Lisa

Vice President of Litigation, Level 3 Communications

Deputy District Attorney, City of Denver



The "very smart and very thoughtful" Lisa Hogan is regarded as an "excellent trial attorney."- Chambers USA (2020)

Strategic employment litigator with a history of creative legal solutions, whether through advocacy in trial or appellate courts or strategic problem solving with her clients.

Few employment litigators in the country can match Lisa Hogan’s extensive trial experience and knowledge of how business issues play out in court. She uses her deep experience and unmatched knowledge to foster collaboration to lead and support the firm’s widely respected Employment and Labor Group. . 

Lisa knows employment law both as outside counsel and from inside business. As the former vice president of litigation for Level 3 Communications, she managed all outside litigation and related analyses in connection with six strategic acquisitions. She also brings the perspective of having spent five years as a Denver deputy district attorney.

Her clients include various large regional companies in industries ranging from health care to manufacturing, energy and engineering/construction/real estate to public utilities to telecommunications.

Lisa has taught courses in criminal law and ethics at Metropolitan State College and presents regularly on trial advocacy issues. She also serves as a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), helping to develop and teach courses on trial techniques, strategy and practice management.

Previous Experience

Vice President of Litigation, Level 3 Communications

Deputy District Attorney, City of Denver



The "very smart and very thoughtful" Lisa Hogan is regarded as an "excellent trial attorney."- Chambers USA (2020)

Representative Matters
  • Represented a hospital client in several employment cases resulting in complete defense verdicts after jury trials.

  • Represented various public entities on constitutional matters including the representation of the District Attorney's Office in a criminal constitutional challenge in a 4th Amendment case.

  • Serves as employment counsel for various national companies in industries ranging from health care, energy and engineering/construction to manufacturing, retail and telecommunications. Brownstein provides both pro-active counsel and litigation services for these companies.

  • Represents owners of prominent mall in tenant-related litigation and appeals.

  • Represented the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) in an American Disabilities Act challenge involving test administering. She handled the case and a successful emergency appeal before an en banc 10th Circuit.

  • Represented a sporting venue/event center in a Title III challenge under the American Disabilities Act.

  • Counsel to Mercury Companies, Inc., a holding company for title companies in numerous states, in a Chapter 11 adversary proceeding case, obtaining a judgment of over $6 million.

News & Events

Lisa has been active in the community, having served on many boards, including: Bold Leaders/Critical Mass Leadership Education, Smart Energy Living Alliance, Colorado Shakespeare Festival Advisory Board, CO-LABS, Denver Safehouse Board, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program Board, Denver Children's Advocacy Center Board, Boulder YWCA Board, Downtown Denver Civic Ventures Board and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. 

Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 1984, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • B.S., 1980, University of Oregon
  • Colorado
  • Utah
  • Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
  • U.S. District Court, District of Utah
  • Supreme Court of Colorado
  • Supreme Court of Idaho
  • Supreme Court of Utah

Chambers USA, 2017-2020

5280 Top Lawyers, Employment, 2015-2021

Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2021

Colorado Super Lawyers, 2014-2020

2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Labor & Employment, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell

AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Denver Litigation – Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2013

DU Law Stars, Alumni Professionalism Award, 2009


American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association

Colorado Women’s Bar Association

Denver Bar Association

Past Elected Member, Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors

Former Chair, Judicial Committee, Colorado Women’s Bar Association