Lisa Ann Smith
Lisa is a trademark and copyright attorney, whose legal career endeavors meld perfectly with her life long passions for music, the arts, literature, and being a discerning, highly sophisticated brand conscious shopper. She retired from more than a twenty-year career as a corporate attorney at Amway in Ada, Michigan. Her career included extensive executive management experience over both developing and enforcing a global trademark portfolio and training and managing a large legal team.
Before relocating to Florida, Lisa enjoyed volunteering in the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area, including volunteering for the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra, board member for the Baxter Community Center, and volunteer tax preparer for United Way. She also conducts legal research and legislative analysis and tracking for the Southwest Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking and is passionate about making sure laws are sufficient to help trafficking victims and will thwart those that would enslave others. Lisa is very proud and excited to be joining the Board of the Gulf Coast Symphony in 2020. She is looking forward to promoting and supporting greater music educational opportunities for children.
Lisa earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan in Russian and East European Studies in Ann Arbor. MI, and J.D. from George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. She previously played oboe and English horn in orchestra and symphonic band, and clarinet in marching band. Lisa also worked in Washington, D.C. law firms before, during and after law school, and especially enjoyed the diverse opportunities to see the performing arts during that time.
Currently, Lisa and her husband William split their time between their home in Cape Coral and a rustic summer cabin in the Manistee National Forest in Northern Michigan. They enjoy swimming, cooking, motorsports, bird watching, attending concerts and plays, nature walks, history and travel off the beaten path.