Lisa Branch

Hon. Lisa Branch

Judge, United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Topics: Jurisprudence • Second Amendment • State Constitutions • Supreme Court • Federalism • Federalism & Separation of Powers • Federalist Society • First Amendment • Founding Era & History • Free Speech & Election Law • Religious Liberties • Religious Liberty • Separation of Powers

In March of 2018, Judge Lisa Branch was appointed to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  From 2012 to 2018, she served as a judge on the Court of Appeals of Georgia.  Prior to her judicial service, she spent her entire private practice career in commercial litigation at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in Atlanta, from summer clerk to associate to partner.

From 2004 to 2008, Judge Branch was a senior official in the Administration of President George W. Bush in Washington, D.C.  She served first as the Associate General Counsel for Rules and Legislation at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and then as the Counselor to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the U. S. Office of Management and Budget.

After graduating from law school, Judge Branch served as a federal law clerk to The Honorable J. Owen Forrester of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia from 1994 to 1996.

Judge Branch earned her J.D., with distinction, from Emory University School of Law.  She earned her B.A., cum laude, from Davidson College.

Judge Branch is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Atlanta Lawyers Chapter for the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.


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Deep Dive Episode 247 - Creatures of Statute II: Administrative Agencies and Policymaking

Deep Dive Episode 247 - Creatures of Statute II: Administrative Agencies and Policymaking

Regulatory Transparency Project's Fourth Branch Podcast

 The Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project and Capitol Hill Chapter hosted the second in a...