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Lisa Frye Garrison

Lisa Frye Garrison


T (336) 378-5432/(704) 384-2642/(919) 755-8832
F (336) 433-7436
M (336) 209-0857

A native North Carolinian, Lisa Garrison maintains an active health care, antitrust, and business litigation practice advising and representing clients in a variety of industries. In the area of medical malpractice defense, she has handled hundreds of cases or claims for multiple hospital systems and their nurses, employed physicians, practices, and other hospital-owned entities. Her litigation experience includes 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. 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 provides a variety of antitrust services to clients in health care and other industries. Her antitrust services include operational counseling, compliance training and presentations, and representing clients who are undergoing complex governmental antitrust investigations, responding to antitrust CIDs, and engaged in antitrust litigation.

Complementing her civil litigation practice, Lisa is a founder of the firm's "Benefit Corporation Team." The "B Team" focuses on exploring and serving the legal needs of aspiring or existing "benefit" or "B Corp" companies — for-profit businesses that seek to better the world through identified social missions and by focusing on sustainability and TPL/3BL (the "triple bottom line" pillars of profits, people, and planet).

  • Named Greensboro Best Lawyers Antitrust Lawyer of the Year (2013, 2017)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Antitrust Law (2007-2018), Litigation-Antitrust (2012-2018), Medical Malpractice Law (2016-2018)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Antitrust (2003, 2005, 2010, 2014, 2015)

* 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.


Representative Work

Lisa's representative work includes:

  • Handling more than 350 medical malpractice lawsuits and claims since 1995 for hospital systems/health care practices and their employees, including nurses, physicians, CRNAs, PAs, NPs, residents, RTs, PTs, OTs, MFTs, CNAs, and others
  • Addressing alleged malpractice in specialty areas including anesthesiology, pain clinics, bariatric surgery, cardiology, emergency medicine, family medicine, 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, pharmacy, psychiatry (including locked inpatient units), pulmonology, radiology, surgery, telemetry, and urgent care
  • Arguing dispositive motions to defeat apparent agency, non-delegable duty, 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)
  • Extensive experience addressing hospital liability theories before and since tort reform, including nursing chain of command theories, corporate negligence arguments, and residents' care in programs accredited by the ACGME
  • Preparing and revising 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
  • Coordinating with our firm's other partners in legal disciplines that compliment health care provider counseling and litigation management, such as labor and employment, OSHA, tax, and health care regulations and compliance (Medicare Section 111 reporting, ACA implications for life care plans, patient billing, etc.)
  • 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.

Thought Leadership


  • 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.
    • Board of Directors Vice-Chair/Member, 2013-2014
    • Founder and Advisor, Uwharrie Sustainability Forum, 2013-present
    • Coach, UCA Mock Trial Team, 2014-present
  • 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-present)
  • Central United Methodist Church, Asheboro, N.C. (Member/Volunteer, 2006-present)
  • Central Day School, Asheboro, N.C. (Board of Directors Chair/Member, 2008-2011)
  • 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
  • North Carolina, 1994
  • American Bar Association
    • Litigation Section
      • Woman Advocate Committee (Founder/Manager, Sharing Our Success initiative, subcommittee co-chair/seminar liaison since 2011)
      • Corporate Counsel Committee
    • Antitrust Section, Joint Conduct Committee
  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Antitrust and Complex Business Disputes Section (Chair 2003-2004, Awards Committee Chair, 2007-2014)
    • Litigation Section
  • UNC School of Law Alumni Association
    • Board of Directors (2006-2013)
    • Advancement Committee (2013-2014)
  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, N.C. Chapter
  • N.C. Association of Women Attorneys
  • N.C. Association of Defense Attorneys
Academic Honors
  • Executive Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review, 1993-1994
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Order of the Golden Fleece
  • Order of the Grail-Valkyries

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