Lisa Lucas is the founder and principal partner of Lucas LLP. In addition to advising clients on specific legal issues, Lisa coordinates the firm's literary consultation activities.
Lisa developed her extensive business and legal experience at trade publishers, academic book and journal publishers, online publishers, in software development, and in marketing and public relations positions. She has held editorial, legal, and management positions at the University of Chicago Press, McGraw-Hill, and Harcourt Trade Publishers (formerly Harcourt Brace & Company, now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and has advised other print and online publishers.
The breadth of her experience reflects her deep and long-standing interest in bringing new and interesting creative work to a wider audience, and she draws upon her personal experience acquiring projects, editing manuscripts, negotiating publishing contracts, licensing subsidiary rights and managing those relationships, managing copyright registrations and research, and resolving disputes. When helping clients determine and strategically evaluate their options, Lisa also benefits from her marketing and public relations experience on behalf of companies ranging from book publishers to start-up technology ventures to one of Chicago's top five commercial real estate firms.
Lisa received her B.A. in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law from the University of Chicago and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. A member of the State Bar of California, she is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and The Authors Guild.
In addition to her participation in associations for legal and publishing professionals, Lisa is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and is a past leader of the Los Angeles chapter of Slow Food and Slow Food USA's regional governor for southern California.