Lisa Zycherman is the Reporters Committee’s deputy legal director and policy counsel. She supervises Reporters Committee staff attorneys and legal fellows providing direct litigation and amicus support on issues affecting journalists and documentary filmmakers, including obtaining access to public records, access to court proceedings, and legal defense. As policy counsel, she also spearheads efforts to promote federal and state legislation on issues affecting newsgathering including anti-SLAPP measures, reporters’ shield, and government access.
Prior to joining the Reporters Committee, Zycherman was counsel at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she specialized in media and First Amendment litigation. During her 15 years in private practice, she worked on FOIA and court access issues, represented news and advocacy organizations in fighting SLAPP suits, and counseled media organizations on all manner of newsgathering and pre-publication and pre-broadcast matters.
In 2019, Zycherman was named a Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” by the National Law Journal. She serves as an Executive Committee member of the Council for Court Excellence where she seeks to improve access to justice in the District of Columbia. She is also a frequent speaker on legal issues facing journalists, documentary filmmakers, and non-profit advocacy organizations.
Zycherman is a 2004 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was a member of the editorial board of the Maryland Law Review. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2001, with honors, with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in History.
Licensed to practice law in Maryland and Washington, D.C.