Lisa McKinney is chair of the Hospitality, Alcoholic Beverage and Administrative Law Groups.

She has extensive experience in administrative matters before the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC), including policy and legislative task forces with the ATC, contract negotiations, application and renewal preparation, local board and ATC hearings, appeals, interim management agreements, purchase and sale agreements and responding to alleged violations. Lisa represents a range of clients from convenience stores, large retailers, restaurants, theaters, importers, big box stores, developers, hotels, golf courses, drug and grocery stores, wineries, breweries, artisan distillers, taverns and clubs. She also represents clients in federal, state and international matters related to alcoholic beverage permitting (liquor licensing), production, distribution, labeling and marketing of alcohol products.

A 1992 graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, she is past-president of the Alumni Board of Directors for the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Alumni, a member of the IU Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors and a representative for the Maurer School of Law on the IU Alumni Association Executive Council.


Indiana University Maurer School of Law (J.D., 1992)
Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1989)

Honors / Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2024; Indiana University Bicentennial Medal (2019); Distinguished Barrister Award (The Indiana Lawyer, 2018); The Indiana News Woman of the Year (2015); Assistant Dean for Admissions Search Committee member, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2015); IUAA and IUF Project Assessment Committee (2014); Dean Search Committee member, IU Maurer School of Law (2013 – 2014); American Cancer Society – Central Indiana Trailblazer of Hope Award (2011); Distinguished Service Award, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (2009); Indy’s Best and Brightest (2006 finalist);  Ardath Burkhart Leadership Series participant

Appearances / Publications

Lisa has written extensively on topics relating to hospitality law, as well as environmental law, including remediation cleanup, Brownfields development and contamination. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the Indiana LawyerHoosier BankerIndianapolis Business Journal and publications for the American Bar Association and the Indiana Manufacturers Association.  She is a frequent presenter, moderator and panelist, including participation in NALCP and IPCA events.  Lisa served as 2009 ICLEF program chair on “The ABC’s of Alcoholic Beverage Laws:  The Message in a Bottle” and was a panelist for the 2011 and 2010 Women’s Leadership Conference.

Appointments / Memberships

Member: Indianapolis (past president, Environmental Law Section) and Indiana State Bar Associations; National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys; National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals; American Lung Association, Upper Midwest, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2016); Indiana University Alumni Association Executive Council (2015 – present); Indianapolis Zoo (Indianapolis Prize Nominating Committee, 2015; Indianapolis Prize Organizing Committee, 2015); Indiana University Center on Congress (Board of Advisors, 2014); Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Board of Visitors; Search Committee for Assistant Dean for Admissions, 2014); Indiana University Maurer School of Law (past representative to the Indiana University Alumni Association Executive Council); Indiana University Maurer School of Law (Law Firm Challenge, chair, 2012); Indiana University Maurer School of Law (search committee for new dean, 2013, 2014); Indiana University Alumni Association/Indiana University Foundation Assessment Advisory Committee (2014 – present); Indianapolis Zoological Society (Trustee, 2012, and Advisory Counsel and Lowell Nussbaum Society Committees), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Indiana State Chapter (board member, 2011); Indianapolis Art Center (Board of Directors, 2011 – present);  American Lung Association (Women’s Leadership Cabinet, 2014 – present); American Cancer Society, Great Lakes Division (co-chair of 2011 Discovery Ball, sponsorship chair of the 2009 Discovery Ball and co-chair of 2008 Fashion A Cure); United Way (BME campaign chair, 2009 – present); Integrating Women Leaders, Inc. (board member); Indiana University Maurer School of Law (past president, Alumni Board of Directors); Women’s Fund and Go Fund Development Committee; Girls Inc. of Indianapolis (former vice chair of strategic planning, board member, Touchstone event fundraising committee); The Lawyers Club; Traders Point Hunt Charity Horse Show (former program chairperson); Society of Women Environmental Professionals; Humane Society of Indianapolis (past Development Committee member) and BME Diversity Committee (chair. 2008 – present)


Indiana, Indiana Supreme Court, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana