Lisa B.Gates


Cleveland + 1.216.586.7154

Lisa Gates is a chemist with 30 years of experience litigating commercial and business disputes involving science, technology, and other complex issues. Lisa's cases have involved chemistry, electrochemistry, manufacturing technologies, computer hardware, software, pesticides, toxicology, civil engineering, and a host of other matters relating to science and technology. Her broad experience includes disputes involving asset purchase agreements, equity purchase agreements, sales contracts, energy services contracts, information technology contracts, employment contracts, employment discrimination, covenants not to compete, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, RICO, trademarks, trade secrets, patents, ERISA, product liability, personal injury, toxic tort, consumer fraud, bankruptcy, and real estate.

Lisa represented a client that obtained a $47 million judgment on a jury verdict in a breach of contract action. In that case, Lisa was primarily responsible for trial preparations, and she served as supporting trial counsel. Lisa has served as lead counsel and in supporting roles in numerous appeals, trials, and evidentiary hearings in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy court.

Lisa has an active pro bono practice. She represents Douglas Prade in his motion for a new trial based on new DNA test results that exclude him as the source of male DNA found at the crime scene, as well as new scientific developments regarding the reliability of bite mark identification evidence. Lisa also has represented clients referred by the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and participates in pro bono clinics.


  • Kan-Di-Ki awarded injunction in non-compete disputeFollowing a five-day trial, Jones Day client Kan-Di-Ki, LLC (d/b/a Diagnostic Laboratories or "DL") was granted a two-year injunction in 23 states in a lawsuit brought against a former employee for violating a non-compete agreement.
  • Merial wins affirmance of summary judgment victory in false advertising litigationA cross-office, cross-practice Jones Day team, in conjunction with Merial Limited's Global Head of Intellectual Property, Dr. Judy Jarecki-Black, successfully defended Merial Limited at both the district court and appellate levels in a series of false advertising cases regarding Merial’s flea and tick products.
  • Inmate is exonerated by trial court in appellate and Ohio Supreme Court proceedingsIn January 29, 2013, the Summit County Common Pleas Court granted Jones Day's client Douglas Prade's petition for postconviction relief and ordered his immediate release, which release occurred late that day.
  • RBS Citizens and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania defend against three putative class actions concerning overdraft feesJones Day represented RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania ("Citizens") in three putative class actions alleging, among other things, that Citizens' practice of posting debit transactions from highest dollar amount to lowest, and other debit transaction posting practices, are in breach of Citizens' customer account agreements and amount to unfair and deceptive trade practices under the laws of certain of the 12 states in which Citizens operates.
  • Civil rights suit plaintiff pays Jones Day attorneys' fees in pro bono representation of community defendantsAs part of the settlement, Jones Day was awarded attorneys fees and expenses.
  • GM obtains summary judgment in discrimination lawsuit relating to violations of Americans with Disabilities Act and affirmed on appealJones Day represented General Motors Corporation in defense of action alleging violation of Americans with Disabilities Act, obtained summary judgment in client's favor and successfully argued appeal affirming summary judgment.
  • International Paper defends against action alleging misappropriation of trade secretsJones Day represented International Paper Company in defense of an action alleging misappropriation of trade secrets.
  • Lamson & Sessions prosecutes action against insider shareholders and directors of YSD Inc. for breach of contract and other claimsJones Day represents The Lamson & Sessions Co. prosecuting claims against insider shareholders and directors of YSD Inc. for breach of contract, among other claims.
  • Lamson & Sessions prosecutes action for numerous business torts against WiesmanJones Day represented The Lamson & Sessions Co. as the plaintiff in an action for numerous business torts.
  • Lamson & Sessions pursues breach of contract action against carrier under motor carrier transportation contractJones Day represented The Lamson & Sessions Co. as the plaintiff in an action for breach of contract, defense and indemnity against a carrier under a motor carrier transportation contract.
  • Lehman Brothers affiliate defends against consumer fraud action involving reverse mortgage transactionJones Day represented Lehman Brothers Inc.'s affiliate in defense of consumer fraud action in connection with reverse mortgage transaction.
  • LowerMyBills, Inc. defends declaratory judgment action involving commercial contract disputeJones Day represented internet company LowerMyBills, Inc. in defense of declaratory judgment action involving commercial contract dispute.
  • LowerMyBills, Inc. obtains judgment on pleadings in third party action alleging consumer fraudJones Day represented internet company LowerMyBills, Inc. in defense of third party action alleging consumer fraud among other numerous claims, and obtained judgment on the pleadings in client's favor.
  • Ryder Truck defends against breach of contract actionJones Day defended Ryder Truck Rental, Inc., against a breach of contract action.
  • Scott Fetzer prosecutes numerous infringement actions relating to "KIRBY" trademarkJones Day represented The Scott Fetzer Company as plaintiff in numerous actions for trademark infringement and trademark dilution relating to the "KIRBY" trademarks.