Lisa Frye Garrison

Lisa Frye Garrison

Founder & Owner


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I’m a storyteller.  I love the challenge of crafting my clients’ stories and then expressing them in a way that reaches jurors, judges, investigators … even plaintiffs.  And the healers we represent have powerful stories to tell.

A native North Carolinian, Lisa’s primary focus is representing NC healers: hospital systems and the physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals who work there.  The bulk of her practice involves defending medical malpractice lawsuits and claims.  She has handled more than 550 medical malpractice cases and claims for more than 1600 providers.  She handles claims from the date of the incident through every subsequent stage, including internal and regulator investigations, pre-suit negotiations, discovery involving hundreds of thousands of documents and electronic files, complex motions practice and hearings, and trials and appeals. She also counsels clients on health care issues, including risk management practices and policies and procedures, and she provides engaging and entertaining compliance training for clinicians.
Lisa also provides antitrust services to small NC businesses, including operational counseling, compliance training and presentations.  She has extensive experience representing clients who are undergoing complex governmental antitrust investigations, responding to antitrust CIDs, and defending antitrust litigation.
Lisa’s experience and practice also extends to other areas of complex civil litigation.  She has handled multiple jury trials and appeals on claims ranging from negligence, malpractice, and wrongful death to breach of contract, product liability, antitrust/unfair and deceptive trade practices, and punitive damages.
Lisa spent 23 years practicing in one of NC’s largest law firms before founding this firm on January 1, 2018.  Since 1995, she has lived in the Caraway Mountain area with her husband and high school sweetheart, Aaron Garrison, who is the Executive Director of the law firm.  They have two grown sons and a daughter in middle school.
Representative Work
Lisa’s representative work includes:
  • Handling more than 550 medical malpractice lawsuits and claims since 1995 for hospital systems/health care practices and their employees, including MDs, DOs, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, CRNAs, PAs, NPs, residents, RTs, PTs, OTs, MFTs, blood bank professionals, and others
  • Addressing alleged malpractice in specialty areas including anesthesiology, pain clinics, bariatric surgery, cardiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, hematology, hospitalist and intensivist care, infectious disease, internal medicine, neonatology and neonatal nursery care, nursing, obstetrics and gynecology (including brain damaged baby cases), oncology, orthopedics, palliative care, pathology, pediatrics, pediatric intensive care, pharmacy, psychiatry (including locked inpatient units), pulmonology, radiology, surgery, telemetry, urology, and urgent care
  • Arguing dispositive motions to defeat apparent agency claims, non-delegable duty claims, malpractice claims alleged as ordinary negligence claims, and similar plaintiff’s theories and excluding experts based on unqualified and unreliable expert testimony and violations of complaint certification requirements under North Carolina Rule of Civil Procedure 9(j) and North Carolina Evidence Rule 702
  • Extensive experience addressing hospital liability theories before and since tort reform, including nursing chain of command theories, negligent credentialing, monitoring, supervision claims, other corporate negligence theories, and residents’ care in programs accredited by the ACGME
  • Assisting physicians and PAs with N.C. Medical Board investigations and assisting nurses with investigations by the NC Board of Nursing
  • Improving hospital policies and procedures, including those regarding consents, EMS care, and document retention and legal hold policies and checklists
  • Advising health care risk management professionals on “real-time” issues, including those involving consent and interfacing with law enforcement
  • Presenting educational programs for clinicians and risk management professionals at hospital systems, for CE credit where requested
  • Representing businesses in antitrust investigations and litigation, and providing engaging and entertaining antitrust compliance training for employees
  • Handling business litigation in a variety of other areas and industries, including complex matters involving breach of contract; intellectual property law; and construction, real estate, and banking disputes
* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.
Education & Court Admissions
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1994
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., with highest honors, 1991
  • Executive Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 1993-1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Golden Fleece & Order of the Grail-Valkyries
  • Jane Craig Gray Award for Most Outstanding Junior Woman, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1990
  • Admitted:  NC 1994; WDNC, MDNC, EDNC, 4th Circuit, US Supreme Court
Leadership, Membership & Honors
  • Martindale-Hubbell’s top (“AV Preeminent”) Peer Review Rating *
    * CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure’s standards and policies.
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Medical Malpractice Defense (2016-2022), Commercial Litigation (2019-2022), Litigation-Antitrust (2012-2022), Antitrust Law (2007-2022)
  • U.S. News – Best Lawyers© “Best Law Firm” in Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, Litigation-Antitrust, & Antitrust Law (2020-2022)
  • Named a 2021 Woman Leader in the Law, ALM/ The American Lawyer
  • Named Greensboro Best Lawyers Antitrust Lawyer of the Year (2013, 2017) and “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Antitrust in the Triad (2020)
  • Super Lawyers®, Rising Star in Business Litigation, North Carolina (2019-2022)
  • Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite, Antitrust (2003, 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015)
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Health Law Section, Litigation Section, Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section (Chair 2003-2004)
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, N.C. Chapter
  • N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys (Vice-Chair, Medical Malpractice Group, 2021-2022)
  • Global Christian Professional Women’s Association
  • UNC School of Law Alumni Association (Board of Directors, 2006-2013, Advancement Committee, 2013-2014)
Recent Presentations & Publications
  • “Lessons from Thor: EMTALA Myths v. Realities,” Presenter, Client Medical Staff Bi-Annual Meeting, August 2021
  • “Medical Malpractice: 2021 Legislative Developments” (regarding new jury instructions rule and judge designations law), Author, The Resource, NCADA, July 2021
  • “Telehealth Legal Issues: What Telehealth Nurses Need To Know ‘When a Stranger Calls,'” Co-Presenter, Client Webinar, May 2021
  • “Virtual Safety Summit: Fall Prevention & Litigation, Documentation Do’s and Don’ts, Nurse Abandonment, Practice Drift, and Social Media Etiquette,” Presenter, Client Seminar, November 2020
  • “What Will You Fall For?”: Lessons from Hamilton, An American Musical on Handling Facility Falls, Presenter, NC-ASHRM Webinar, October 2020
  • “Tips, Tools and Techniques for a Successful Staff Interview by Risk Management,” Presenter, Client Seminar, September 2019
  • “Resisting Attempts to Dehumanize Health Care Defendants Through EMR Discovery and Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions,” Presenter, NC-ASHRM Conference, Wrightsville Beach, April 2018
  • “Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions: What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You,” Panel Moderator and Organizer, ABA Women in Litigation Joint Conference, Philadelphia, PA, November 2017
  • “Pills, Bills, and Techno-Ills: A Medico-Legal Update for Physicians,” Presenter to OB-GYNs, Hospitalists, and a local Medical Society in multiple NC locations (2016 & 2017)
  • “Antitrust Issues for HR: Salary & Other Information Not to Disclose,” Presenter, ACHRA & HRMAG Program, Elon, NC (2017)
  • “Less Is More: Assessing and Managing Risk to Prevent Litigation,” Panel Moderator and Organizer, ABA Section of Litigation Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, Orlando, FL (2017)
  • “Did You Get the Memo?  What the Yates Memo Means for Companies and Their Counsel,” Panel Organizer, ABA Section of Litigation Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, Orlando, FL (2017)
  • “The Top 1% List You Don’t Want to Make: Complying with NC’s Safe Opioid Prescribing Initiatives,” Speaker at Client Hospital (September 2016)
  • Uwharrie Charter Academy high school (NC’s first public charter school to incorporate the NC Environmental Literacy Plan into its overall curriculum), Asheboro, N.C.
    • Founding Attorney Advisor/Coach, UCA Mock Trial Team (2017 Regional Champions), 2014-2020
    • Board of Directors Vice-Chair/Member, 2013-2014
  • Troop 513, Boy Scouts of America Old North State Council, Asheboro, N.C. (Certified Merit Badge Instructor/Committee Member/Volunteer, 2010-2014)
  • Women’s Resource Center of Greensboro (Legal Hotline Firm Coordinator/Volunteer, 2007-2017)
  • Sunset Avenue Church of God, Asheboro, N.C.