Lindsay Harrison is a litigator and Partner in the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court and Complex Commercial Litigation Practices. Ms. Harrison’s practice spans a diverse range of matters and clients. Many of her matters involve high-stakes legal challenges under the Administrative Procedure Act, including recent victories challenging the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and challenging an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directive that limits the participation of scientists from academia and nonpartisan nonprofit organizations on federal science advisory committees. Ms. Harrison also leads the firm’s Hospitality and Gaming Practice, representing hotel management companies in disputes with owners, partners and consumer class actions. And Ms. Harrison is also a leading member of the firm’s Education Practice, where she litigates cases on behalf of colleges and universities and advises them on regulatory issues. The National Law Journal has selected her as a “DC Rising Star”—one of 40 “game-changing lawyers age 40 and under” who are “leaders in the law” in the nation’s capital. At the age of 30, she argued her first case in any court in the US Supreme Court, where she won an important victory for immigrants.
Ms. Harrison frequently represents clients in litigation against the federal government. Recently, Ms. Harrison won a legal challenge to the President’s rescission of the DACA program on behalf of Princeton University, a Princeton graduate and Microsoft. After Ms. Harrison prevailed in district court, the US Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the rescission of DACA was unlawful based on arguments made primarily in Ms. Harrison’s brief. On behalf of the Union of Concerned Scientists and a prominent scientist, she recently prevailed in a legal challenge to an EPA directive that limits the participation of scientists from academia and nonpartisan nonprofit organizations on federal science advisory committees. After the First Circuit found that the legal challenge was justiciable, EPA rescinded the directive at issue.
Ms. Harrison leads the firm’s Hospitality and Gaming Practice. She has substantial experience litigating matters involving the hospitality industry, successfully representing hotel management companies in major lawsuits and arbitrations both throughout the United States and abroad. She has been ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top hospitality and leisure lawyers in the United States, with clients touting her as a “tireless champion for our interests” who “always goes the extra mile.” In 2014, Law360 named Ms. Harrison a "Rising Star" in the hospitality practice area, one of only four young lawyers chosen nationwide for this recognition. She has also been named to the BTI Consulting Group’s Client Service All-Star List. Recent wins include securing dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit brought against a hotel management company by the co-owner of that property, and winning dismissal with prejudice of a consumer class action brought against a hotel management company regarding resort fees.
Ms. Harrison’s Higher Education Practice includes lawsuits brought against colleges and universities under Title VII and Title IX, and lawsuits brought by colleges and universities against the federal government. In addition to Ms. Harrison’s recent DACA victory, she has represented coalitions of colleges and universities on issues ranging from DACA to the Travel Ban to SEVP’s Covid-19 guidance. She recently won dismissal with prejudice of a lawsuit against a university by a formerly-tenured professor who asserted violations of Title VII and Title IX. Ms. Harrison also advises colleges and universities on a range of complex challenges they confront, including immigration, faculty and student governance practices, foreign gifts reporting and admissions.
In addition, Ms. Harrison regularly participates in appellate litigation matters before the federal appellate courts and the US Supreme Court in a wide variety of subject matters, including recent US Supreme Court victories in Welch v. United States, Kucana v. Holder, Nken v. Holder and a recent DC Circuit victory vacating criminal convictions against an individual and company under the Arms Export Control Act.
Ms. Harrison has a substantial pro bono practice, which has included her successful argument before the US Supreme Court on behalf of an asylum-seeker and the ongoing representation of a death row inmate in Georgia. She currently serves as managing attorney for the UCS Science Protection Project, which facilitates privileged, confidential advice to federal scientists and their allies in order to bring to light actions that diminish the role of independent science in public health, public safety and environmental policymaking. In 2010, she received the inaugural Rosner and Rosner Young Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association, in recognition of her pro bono legal work and involvement in public service endeavors. For her work in the landmark immigration case of Nken v. Holder, Ms. Harrison was awarded the 2008 Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award.
Ms. Harrison serves on the firm’s Management Committee, Finance Committee and Associate Development and Evaluation Committee.