Lisa M Nousek
Accomplished Civil Lawyer and Community Contributor
About Lisa M Nousek
After earning an undergraduate degree from Harvard University,
Lisa M. Nousek completed a juris doctor at the University of Virginia
School of Law before beginning her career as a complex litigation lawyer
in New York. Today, she serves as a partner at the Armonk, New
York-based office of national law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner,
LLP. Employed by the firm since 2006, Lisa M. Nousek represents clients
in product liability litigation and other types of civil cases at the
state and federal court levels. She maintains her license to practice
before the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and the
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Outside of work, Lisa M. Nousek donates her time and resources to nonprofit groups and professional organizations. In addition to holding membership in several attorneys’ associations, she maintains a commitment to the community through her support of local charities such as the Friends of Karen and Cat Assistance. Ms. Nousek also enjoys contributing to alma mater groups, and actively supports organizations such as the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Westchester and the Harvard Club of New York City.
A Brief History of Polo
An experienced attorney, Lisa M. Nousek serves as a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, in Armonk, New York. In her free time, Lisa M. Nousek enjoys a number of equestrian activities, including polo.
Although polo’s exact origins are unknown, many historians believe it was first played by nomadic warriors in Central Asia more than 2,000 years ago. In addition to being a competitive sport, the game was used by Iranian horseman for centuries as a tool to prepare young men for the challenges of war.
Eventually, polo made its way into other areas and was soon being played in countries from Turkey to Japan. The first Westerners to witness the sport were British soldiers stationed in India during the mid-19th century. Some of these men, namely John Watson and Joseph Sherer, established written rules for polo and introduced the sport to the West, where it quickly became a popular pastime.
Today, more than 50 million people play polo in over 60 countries around the world. The sport is particularly popular in Argentina, Great Britain, and the United States, which is currently home to more than 250 active polo clubs.
Timekeeping in Polo
For nearly a decade, Lisa M. Nousek has served New York’s Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, as a partner specializing in complex civil litigation. When she is not practicing law, Lisa M. Nousek enjoys riding horses and playing polo.
A game of polo generally lasts about 90 minutes, with ample periods of rest distributed throughout play. The game is divided into seven-minute periods, which are referred to as chukkers. In a traditional, high-goal polo match, a game consists of six chukkers, with each chukker being followed by a three-minute break. There is an extended 15-minute break after the third chukker, which serves as halftime.
In an official polo match, time rules and regulations are upheld by a timekeeper. The timekeeper signals a 30-second warning toward the end of each chukker by ringing a bell. When the chukker has ended, the timekeeper blasts a horn. In any instance of a discrepancy in timekeeping, the timekeeper is outranked by the game’s two umpires.
Basic Duties of a Polo Umpire
A partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP for almost a decade, Lisa M. Nousek primarily practices commercial liability law. An experienced polo player in her free time, Lisa M. Nousek enjoys riding horses.
One of the oldest team sports in the world, equestrian polo dates back to the first century. The sport known to modern players began in 1833, and although it has changed in the intervening years, the basics remain the same. Two teams of three or four riders and their horses play on a 300-yard field and try to hit a small ball into the other team’s goal with a long-handled mallet.
To ensure players follow the rules and minimize the risk of injury, formal polo games include two mounted umpires and a midfield referee to settle any disputes that may arise between the umpires. Umpires also declare and observe penalty or knock-in hits. During that process, the umpire on the side of the hit remains behind the hitter and declares “play” while making sure the positioning and play are properly executed. While extensive knowledge of the rules is all that is necessary for most unofficial games, officials overseeing United States Polo Association (USPA) matches must complete that body’s certification process. Umpires must not only be currently registered as players but also pass the USPA’s test annually and receive a recommendation from a USPA certifier every three years.