Lisa Sewell DeMoss
Associate Professor and Director of LL.M. in Insurance Law
B.A. with high honor, Michigan State University, Phi Beta Kappa
J.D. Wayne State University Law School
Professor DeMoss joined Cooley in 2010 as a Visiting Professor and director of the Master of Laws Program in Insurance. She became an Associate Professor in 2012 and continues to lead the LL.M. program in Insurance.
Previously, she was senior vice president, general counsel, and corporate compliance officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in Detroit. Earlier in her career with Blue Cross Blue Shield, she served as vice president, deputy general counsel, litigation; principal counsel, Auto-National Division; as litigation counsel; and as division counsel, responsible for all transactions, litigation, subrogation and oversight of trial counsel throughout the country. She successfully tried federal and state court cases, including a $100 million Sherman Act provider class action, ERISA fiduciary cases in federal courts, and multiple experimental medical claim class actions in state and federal courts.
Before her tenure with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Professor DeMoss was a partner in the Detroit, Mich., law firm of Fitzgerald Peters Dakmak and Bruno. While in private practice, she focused her career in areas of defense of product liability claims and insurance disputes.
She is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and is admitted to practice before the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the Northern Districts of Ohio and Illinois.
Professor DeMoss serves on the Board of Visitors of the Oakland University School of Nursing and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Foundation where she is currently its Secretary - Treasurer.
She also is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Risk Management and Inurance Advisory Center at Olivet College and the Michigan Insurance Hall of Fame Board. In 2012, Professor DeMoss was appointed to a three year term on the Board of Ethics for the City of Rochester and elected its Presiding Officer.