My name is Lisa Battista, and I’m running to be your voice in Congress.  I’m an attorney, a progressive Democrat, and a concerned citizen who cares deeply about our country and our world.

My career as an attorney has been devoted to helping people who are victims of discrimination, fraud, and unfair treatment. My current field is legal ethics: I sue lawyers who have allowed their own interests to get in the way of their ethical obligations to their clients.  I feel strongly that anyone who is entrusted with power, including attorneys and government leaders, must be scrupulously ethical and honest, and that there must be reliable safeguards in place to check that power. 

Now more than ever, as those safeguards are being stripped away and our country is facing the most corrupt administration in its history, we need new leaders who will demand honesty and transparency at all levels of government.  I spend every day at work holding powerful people accountable, and I’m ready to do the same in Washington.

Our government is poised to craft critically important policies in the areas of healthcare, immigration, the economy, and dealing with foreign powers.  We need thoughtful, principled leaders who will set politics and money aside and work to create solutions that serve the people and move our country forward. 

I understand the law, how it’s made, and what happens when courts are called upon to interpret it. I have worked in litigation since 1990, doing the kind of thorough, painstaking work that our legislators need to be doing in order to reach the best decisions for our country. We have seen the damage and wastefulness that come from our government leaders making decisions haphazardly, and can’t afford to tolerate it any longer. I know how to look at a problem from every angle, leave no stone unturned, and incorporate input from all stakeholders.

97 percent of civil lawsuits settle without going to trial; I have been very successful in achieving consensus by helping the parties understand the strengths and weaknesses on both sides and brokering compromise resolutions that are acceptable to all involved. My experience in consensus-building will enable me to reach across the aisle and achieve sensible solutions instead of gridlock.

When the time comes to fight, however, I’m the person you want in your corner.  I am a born advocate, called to stand up for people who need help and relentless in pursuing justice for them.  Litigation is a great equalizer, and I have gone up against the biggest law firms with the wealthiest clients and prevailed by making the better argument and persisting until the end. 

I want the people of District 10 to have the kind of principled, accountable representation they deserve.  You will find that I have heart, brains, and determination in equal measures.  I look forward to being of service to the great people of this District.

 

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