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About Lisa S. Morchower

Lisa Steinmetz Morchower is Of Counsel in the Firm. Lisa’s practice involves advising individuals, and companies and their owners in regard to a variety of legal issues impacting their businesses. Lisa’s concentrates her practice in state and local government law, with a particular emphasis in the areas of alcoholic beverage licensing and hospitality law, zoning and land use matters, business licensing, police licensing and permitting, and general litigation. Lisa’s practice includes representation of individuals and business owners regarding alcoholic beverage licensing; business licensing; police power licensing; issues related to special land use permits, variances and special exceptions; permitting (sign permits, certificates of occupancy, building permits, demolitions etc.); text amendments to zoning ordinances and other land use related issues. During her career, Lisa has successfully represented clients before administrative agencies such as city councils, county boards of commissioners, and local government license review boards, zoning review boards, and boards of zoning appeals. She has also represented clients in the Georgia and federal trial courts, in the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and in the U.S. Supreme Court. Prior to joining Berman Fink Van Horn, Lisa was a Senior Assistant City Attorney for the City of Atlanta where she was employed for more than 11 years. In her position with the City, Lisa was responsible for providing legal advice and counsel to high level government officials, including the Mayor, City Council, the Chief of Police, and various city departments regarding alcoholic beverage and general police licensing, land use and various other matters. During her career with the City, Lisa served as chief counsel to the Licenses and Permits Unit of the Atlanta Police Department and the Bureau of Taxicabs and Vehicles for Hire. She also represented the Planning Department, including the Bureau of Buildings and the Zoning Enforcement Division, the Civil Service Board, the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the Bureau of Sanitary Services. During her employment with the City, Lisa litigated a myriad of lawsuits, including the revocation of the Gold Club’s alcoholic beverage license; lawsuits by Olympic Vendors against the City; challenges to the City’s Alcoholic Beverage Code, Zoning Ordinance, Wrecker Service Code and Vehicles for Hire Ordinance; and cases involving sovereign immunity, wrongful shootings and deaths and employment actions. While at the City and during the past 6 years that she has been in private practice, Lisa has prepared and revised numerous provisions of the City of Atlanta’s Code of Ordinances, including the Zoning Code, the Alcoholic Beverage Code, and the Special Events and Outdoor Festivals Code. She has also pursued and successfully obtained variances, building permits, sign permits, legislative exemptions from licensing regulations, and other governmental approvals for property and business owners in various local jurisdictions in Georgia. Lisa enjoys writing and authored an article in the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association Magazine regarding Preemption and Local Government Regulation of the Towing Industry (January, 2000). She also lectured at the Metro City and County Attorneys Seminar on Continuing Legal Education regarding Adult Entertainment Regulations. In addition to having a very fulfilling career, Lisa has been very active in her children’s elementary school and in her community. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tritt Elementary School Tiger Foundation which raises funds for educational programs not funded by the County. Lisa also serves as the chairperson of the Tritt PTA Sports Day At The YMCA Committee. In addition, Lisa serves as Vice President of her subdivision homeowner’s association. She is also a member of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Legal Council. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a business degree, Lisa obtained her law degree from the Emory University School of Law and has lived in Atlanta since 1989. Lisa is married to Scott Morchower and they have two daughters, Erica and Elana. While not practicing law, Lisa enjoys reading, travel, exercise, snow skiing, and watching her daughters dance and participate in sports.