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Lisa Oliver White


(857) 472-7058

Lisa Oliver White joined Murphy & Riley, P.C. as an Associate in 2010, and was elected a Member in 2018. Lisa is licensed and has trial experience in the state courts in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Her current practice is devoted to representation of medical and mental health professionals, drug and medical device litigation, as well as defense of general liability matters in state and federal courts. For several years prior to joining the firm, Lisa’s focus was on general liability, premises liability and tort defense in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Earlier, she served as a judicial law clerk in the chambers of the Honorable Maureen McKenna Goldberg of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  While at Suffolk University Law School, from which she graduated magna cum laude in 2006, Lisa was the Production Editor of the Suffolk University Law Review.


Lisa was recently invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), a highly-selective, invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association (MassDLA) and is the co-chair of the medical malpractice subcommittee.  Lisa has been selected as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer annually since 2020 in the areas of Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, and Civil Litigation; she was previously selected as a Super Lawyer Rising Star.  Lisa serves as the chair of the selection committee for the Thomas J. Drinan Memorial Fellowship at Suffolk University Law School, and she is a frequent panelist at continuing legal education workshops. 

Practice Areas
  • Medical malpractice

  • Drugs and medical device litigation 

  • Product liability

  • General liability

  • Professional liability

  • Not for profit social service agencies

  • Premises liability

  • Tort defense

  • Substance abuse clinics

  • Bad faith and G.L. c.93A/176D

  • Motor vehicle accidents

Bar Court and Admissions
  • Massachusetts, 2006

  • Rhode Island, 2007

  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts

  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island

  • First Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Boston University, B.A., 2001

  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2006


Professional Memberships
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 

  • Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association; Board of Directors (2019-present); co-chair, medical malpractice subcommittee; Young

  • Lawyers Division Co-Chair (2013-2014)

  • Rhode Island Bar Association

  • Defense Research Institute


Representative Seminars, Legal Publications and Significant Cases
  • Faculty, Taking Depositions Workshop, Massachusetts

  • Continuing Legal Education, October 2015, 2016 – 2019, 2022

  • Faculty, Pretrial Litigation Primer, Massachusetts Continuing

  • Legal Education, October 2019, 2021

  • Panelist, Connecting the Dots Between Trial Prep and Trial Practice in a Med Mal Case, Massachusetts Defense Lawyers Association, March 2019

  • Faculty, Masterminding Your Litigation Strategy: A Checklist Approach, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, February 2016

  • Author, Mandatory Recording of Custodial Interrogations Nationwide: Recommending a New Model Code, 39 Suffolk U.L. Rev. 263 (2005)

  • Served as a S.J.C. Rule 3:03 Certified Student Prosecutor at the West Roxbury District Court (2005-2006)


  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer (2020-present); Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star (2013-2019)

  • MassDLA Rising Star Award (2015)

  • Thomas J. Drinan Memorial Fellowship Recipient (Suffolk University Law School)

  • Charles Borstel Memorial Scholarship Recipient (Suffolk University Law School)

  • Academic Leadership Scholarship Award (Suffolk University Law School)

  • Best Brief Award, Tom C. Clark Appellate Advocacy Competition (Suffolk University Law School)

  • Distinguished Brief Award & Honorable Mention in Oral Advocacy, LPS (Suffolk University Law School)

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