Lisa V. Benedetti was born and raised locally in Puyallup. Since receiving her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010, she has practiced primarily in personal injury as well as short- and long-term disability claims. It is through this work Lisa developed an expertise in ERISA, in terms of both employer-based disability claims and health benefits subrogation/reimbursement. She also became familiar with the unique legal issues that arise in such claims involving people with fibromyalgia.
Since joining the Seattle-based Pivotal Law Group, Lisa has expanded into other practice areas, including business law, real estate, employment law, estate planning, and the litigation of such disputes.
In addition to her trial work, Lisa has distinguished herself at the appellate level. She spent one year as a clerk for the Honorable Philip S. Carchman, a presiding New Jersey appellate judge, where she helped ensure people received just and fair review of their cases. More recently, she briefed an appeal before the Ninth Circuit that got the trial court’s decision reversed in her client’s favor and set precedent forbidding an ERISA Plan Administrator from demanding that its members behave in a way not required by the Plan’s express terms (Becker v. Williams, 777 F.3d 1035 (9th Cir. 2015)).
In 2013, Lisa attended Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College. In 2016, she was named a Super Lawyers Rising Star.
Lisa is an active member of the Washington State Association for Justice. In addition to being an EAGLE, she is an editor on the Trial News Editorial Board, a member of the Diversity Committee, and the chair of the North Seattle Roundtable. She has spoken previously on the subject of ERISA subrogation and is honored to have authored the WSAJ Subrogation Deskbook chapter devoted to employer-based (ERISA) health benefits plans.