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.

The NYSBA’s Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program

A partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, in Armonk, New York, Lisa M. Nousek has worked at the firm for over a decade. Outside of her day-to-day activities as a litigation attorney, Lisa M. Nousek maintains memberships in several professional groups, including the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA).


In addition to offering various programs, resources, and events to help practicing attorneys, the NYSBA oversees a number of advocacy and public outreach initiatives. Through its Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program, the organization works with New York-area teachers and schools to promote civic and law-related education.

A major component of the program is a mock trial tournament that gives high school students first-hand knowledge of court procedures. Students involved in the mock trial tournament can learn even more about the legal system by taking part in the weeklong Mock Trial Summer Institute, which features law-related sessions taught by teachers and local attorneys.

For teachers, the Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program offers professional development activities and various online resources to help support classroom learning. One of the program’s main professional development offerings is We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education that helps secondary teachers who work with diverse groups of students. For more information about the NYSBA’s Law, Youth, and Citizenship Program, visit www.nysba.org.

The University of Virginia’s Drug Product Liability Course

With a degree in earth and planetary sciences from Harvard University and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, Lisa M. Nousek went on to become a partner with Boies, Schiller, and Flexner LLP in Armonk, New York, where she focuses on commercial and product liability. Lisa M. Nousek continues to support both the Harvard College Fund and the University of Virginia School of Law.

The law program at the University of Virginia has a course called Drug Product Liability dedicated to product liability within the pharmaceutical industry. Drug manufacturers are now targeted with lawsuits more often than all the other industries combined.

Drug product liability practice has changed in recent years with Supreme Court cases like Wyeth vs. Levine in 2009. In this case, Diana Levine lost her arm after taking a Wyeth drug to combat nausea via a dangerous IV push method that accidentally went into her artery. While the FDA labeling did warn against arterial injections, Levine successfully argued Wyeth should have included stronger, clearer warnings about the IV push. Wyeth could have done this under the FDA’s “Changes Being Effected” policy, which allows drug companies to add information or strengthen label warnings beyond FDA recommendations.

The University of Virginia’s product liability course explores how the liability field has changed after cases like this and the techniques and information prospective lawyers need to know in order to best work within this area of law.

A Brief Biography of Judge Steven Colloton

Named a Rising Star by SuperLawyers for five consecutive years, Lisa M. Nousek represents companies in a broad range of matters at Boies Schiller Flexner. Before joining the firm in 2006, Lisa M. Nousek clerked for Judge Steven Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 4, 2003, in a 94-1 vote, Judge Colloton has stood out as a prolific contributor to the circuit court. As a federal judge, he has written a number of concurrences and dissents as well as over 600 majority opinions, many for cases involving controversial subjects.

Nominated to the bench by President George W. Bush, Judge Colloton previously served as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, to which he was also nominated by President Bush. He has spent much of his professional life in government service, including as an assistant U.S. attorney and as a member of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Before beginning his career, Judge Colloton clerked for District of Columbia Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman and Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. A native of Iowa, he holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University and a juris doctor from Yale Law School.

The Oblong Trail Association

A partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP in Armonk, New York, Lisa M. Nousek is a lover of equestrian sports and activities. Active in the community of equestrian enthusiasts, Lisa M. Nousek is a member of the Oblong Trail Association, which seeks to preserve the pristine trails and lands throughout Dutchess County, New York.

Partnered with the Oblong Land Conservancy, the Oblong Trail Association was formed in 2000 as a nonprofit that encourages equestrian and nature recreation. The association is completely funded by charitable donations. By conserving and preserving land, people who enjoy hiking, skiing, and horseback riding can come together and share their interests.

The Oblong Trail system offers sweeping views of the lush greenery and hills of upstate New York while connecting visitors to the famous Appalachian Trail. Members of the Oblong Trail Association may use the trails at all times.

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