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Lisa E. Underwood

Lisa E. Underwood

January 13, 1960 - December 9, 2017

Lisa earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law and began her career at Waller in Nashville.  She joined Wyatt in 1987 and became a partner in 1992. Several years later, Lisa became in-house counsel and then on to her own firm.  She then entered state government, serving five years as Executive Director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.  Lisa helped hire its first medical director, launch historical race wagering and Kentucky Breeders Incentive Fund and she helped facilitate the process of drug-testing racehorses.  Lisa returned to Wyatt in 2011 where she continued work as an equine and gaming lawyer while adding data security to her repertoire. She was the leader of the firm's Data Privacy & Security Team.

“Lisa was always willing to pitch in and help others with their work,” said Franklin Jelsma, Managing Partner.  “She was very friendly, upbeat, social and always engaged. The common thread in her public service and legal career was the enjoyment she took from helping other people.  Lisa recently finished a big data breach/ransomware project.  The folks [she was working with] have been calling and emailing me for the past several weeks thanking me for sending them to Lisa, complimenting Lisa on her expertise, professionalism and the calm advice she delivered throughout a chaotic ordeal.” 

She will be missed.

Click here to read a tribute to Lisa published by the Lexington Herald Leader.