Lisa K. Swartzfager


Lisa has extensive experience in complex civil litigation matters at the trial and appellate level.

Lisa has represented clients in matters involving ERISA litigation, pharmaceutical pricing disputes, and claims under consumer protection laws, the False Claims Act, and antitrust laws. Lisa has also advised clients in insurance disputes involving a wide range of U.S. and international insurance products.

Prior to joining Cades Schutte, Lisa was a Senior Associate at Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP. Before entering private practice, Lisa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Steven M. Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit, and to the Honorable Alan C. Kay, U.S. District Court for the District of Hawai‘i.

  • Representation of a leading global pharmaceutical company in defense of government investigations and class action litigation
  • Representation of insurers in “bad faith,” breach of contract suits, and declaratory judgment actions
  • Representation of insurance trade association in appellate matters involving rate-setting statutes
  • Representation of a major health benefits company in breach of contract suits
  • Representation of a commercial lender in state and federal lawsuits in which the plaintiffs alleged conspiracy, fraudulent transfer, and alter ego claims


  • J.D. (2010), The George Washington University Law School, highest honors
  • B.S. Accounting, Minor Economics (2007), Birmingham-Southern College, magna cum laude


  • Hawai‘i State Bar (2018)
  • District of Columbia Bar (2013)
  • Virginia State Bar (2010)
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States Court for the District of Columbia

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch since 2021


  • Hawai‘i State Bar Association
  • The Eighth Circuit Bar Association
  • The Virginia Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • American Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Significant pro bono representation including counseling undocumented minors in immigration matters and representing women in vicil protection and child custody proceedings
  • “‘Freestanding Conceptions of State Sovereignty’: The Sebelius Decision’s Necessary-And-Proper Holding And Its Jurisprudential Impacts,” Chap. J. L. & Pol’y (2012-2013)