Liisa Thomas, ’96, Featured in's "How I Made It" Q&A Series

How I Made Office Managing Partner: 'Inclusion, Compassion and Zest for My Work and Community,' Says Liisa Thomas of Sheppard Mullin

Liisa Thomas, 51, Sheppard Mullin; Chicago

Job title: Office managing partner, Chicago. Lead: Privacy and cybersecurity team.

Practice areas: Privacy and cybersecurity.

Law school and year of graduation: University of Chicago Law School, 1996.

How long have you been at the firm? Five years.

Were you a partner at another firm before joining your present firm? Yes. I was a partner at Winston & Strawn and left in the fall of 2017.

What year did you make office managing partner at your current firm? 2022.

What do you think was the deciding point for the firm in making you office managing partner? I think it was a combination of things, including my long-standing commitment to Chicago. I grew up in the city, graduated from University of Chicago Law School, and have worked in the city ever since. And as a biracial woman, my perspective has helped me create a vision for our Chicago office that reflects the diversity of the city and our clients.