The Law Firm and Community Leader. A seasoned trial and appellate lawyer, Ava Lias-Booker serves in a number of leadership roles at McGuireWoods LLP, a leading international law firm. Additionally, ava serves on the boards of visitors of both Duke University School of Law and the University Of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law, and also serves on the boards of directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Open Society Institute.
Ava is the Chair of McGuireWood’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, a member of its Diversity Action Council, and a member of the firm’s Associates Committee. Ava leads the Baltimore litigation practice with three decades of first chair trial experience representing businesses from a broad range of industries in complex commercial and civil litigation. She was one of the lead counsel on a multinational oil and gas corporation’s appellate litigation team that successfully argued for the reversal of $1.5 billion in compensatory and punitive damages verdicts before Maryland’s highest appellate court. She has successfully defended financial institutions in a myriad of cases at the trial and appellate levels, including a multimillion dollar claim involving alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act as well as a check fraud matter with more than $50 million in controversy.
Ava’s dedication to providing excellent client service is matched by her passion for mentoring young lawyers and serving the legal and civic communities.
Ava graduated from Duke University in 1982 with a B.A. in Political Science and received her J.D. in 1986 from the University Of Maryland Francis King Carey School Of Law.
Ava and her husband are the very proud parents of a daughter, a Princeton University and Duke Law School graduate who will soon be practicing law in New York, and a son, who will be starting his freshman year at Stanford University as a scholar-athlete on the Cardinal’s football team.
Ava frequently speaks on litigation, leadership, and diversity issues.