About Lisa

Lisa has been a civil rights lawyer since 1995. After running her own firm for 16 years, she joined Disability Rights North Carolina, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities.

Lisa speaking at a podiumAt Disability Rights, she litigates cases to enforce the rights of people with disabilities to live and work free from discrimination. She has represented people facing employment discrimination, voting rights violations, disability discrimination by public agencies, denial of access to public accommodations, and constitutional rights violations.

Lisa finishing a marathonLisa has lived in Raleigh since 1990. She has an adult son, and a 12-year-old, 75-pound “pandemic puppy” named Rosie. She is a slow runner but somehow completed the City of Oaks Marathon twice.

Selected Civic Engagement

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
    President, 2000 – 2001
    Board of Directors, 1998 – 2002
    Chair, Judicial Endorsements Committee, 2004

At the NC Justice Center Defenders of Justice Awards

North Carolina Justice Center
    Board of Directors, 2012 – 2019
    Board Co-chair, 2015 – 2016

Suzanne Reynolds for NC Supreme Court, Campaign Manager, 2008

Committee to Keep Judge Linda Stephens, Campaign Manager, 2008

Robin Hudson for NC Supreme Court, Campaign Manager, 2006

North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1995 – present
Civil Rights Section Executive Committee, 2016 – 2018
Continuing Legal Education Executive Committee, Co-chair, 2007 – 2009

North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Attorneys, Board of Directors, ~ 2000

Professional Experience

Disability Rights North Carolina, 2011 – present

North Carolina State Personnel Commission, 2010 – 2013

Law Office of Lisa Grafstein, PLLC (formerly Grafstein & Walczyk, PLLC), 1995 – 2011

Professional Honors

Champion of Justice Award, The Barbara McDowell and Gerald Hartman Foundation, 2023

Gwyneth B. Davis Award, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2012

Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2007-present
    Legal Elite Hall of Fame, 2011

North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine inclusions:
    Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2011
    Employment Law, 2009-present

Best Lawyers in America, 2007-present