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Lisa M. Gibson

Partner

Pacific Gateway
19191 South Vermont Avenue
Suite 900
Torrance, CA 90502
lisa.gibson@nelsonmullins.com

Lisa Gibson practices primarily in franchise and distribution law and litigation, in addition to having experience in advertising law. She has worked in the automotive industry for more than 30 years in financial and legal capacities, representing motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors in litigation, counseling, and transactional matters. With prior experience as in-house counsel for...

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Lisa Gibson practices primarily in franchise and distribution law and litigation, in addition to having experience in advertising law. She has worked in the automotive industry for more than 30 years in financial and legal capacities, representing motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors in litigation, counseling, and transactional matters. With prior experience as in-house counsel for both domestic and international automobile manufacturers, Ms. Gibson has the background to steer her clients toward practicable solutions while understanding the business needs and challenges they face in a fiercely competitive global market.

Ms. Gibson has been a featured speaker for various motor vehicle events, including those associated with the National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions (NAMVBC).

both domestic and international automobile manufacturers, Ms. Gibson has the background to steer her clients toward practicable solutions while understanding the business needs and challenges they face in a fiercely competitive global market.

Ms. Gibson has been a featured speaker for various motor vehicle events, including those associated with the National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions (NAMVBC).

Lisa Gibson practices primarily in franchise and distribution law and litigation, in addition to having experience in advertising law. She has worked in the automotive industry for more than 30 years in financial and legal capacities, representing motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors in litigation, counseling, and transactional matters. With prior experience as in-house counsel for... both domestic and international automobile manufacturers, Ms. Gibson has the background to steer her clients toward practicable solutions while understanding the business needs and challenges they face in a fiercely competitive global market.

Ms. Gibson has been a featured speaker for various motor vehicle events, including those associated with the National Association of Motor Vehicle Boards and Commissions (NAMVBC).

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

Experience

  • Obtained a decision for an automotive manufacturer in a dealer relocation case that declared Illinois franchise law unconstitutional
  • Obtained a decision for an automotive manufacturer in a dealer termination citing grounds of racially inflammatory customer treatment
  • Served as legal advisor for distribution of automobiles in 10 Asia-Pacific countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo, Australia, and New Zealand). Negotiated and drafted vehicle supply, CKD assembly, and distribution agreements on behalf of the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) for Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand
  • Performs legal review of sales and marketing policies, contest and incentive programs, advertising guidelines, and reimbursement and distribution strategies for motor vehicle manufacturers
  • Performs legal review of OEM and dealer co-op advertising for compliance with state and federal advertising requirements
  • Negotiated and drafted vehicle and switchable battery supply cooperation agreements for electric vehicle distribution in Israel and Denmark
  • Drafted and structured agreements involving entry-ticket liability, import/export compliance, and distribution issues for first-time distribution in the U.S. market, including establishment of guidelines for product-liability sharing between manufacturers for a co-developed subcompact passenger car
  • Negotiated contracts for projects involving major strategic alliances and cooperation between automotive manufacturers

Previous Professional Experience

  • Of Counsel, distribution and franchise team, California office of national law firm
  • Renault s.a.s.: International Juriste (2005-2013)
  • Nissan North America, Inc.: Legal Department, Senior Counsel, (1994-2005)
  • Chrysler Corporation
    • Corporate Finance (1981-1989)
    • Chrysler's Legal Department: Staff Counsel (1989-1994)

Languages

  • French

Education

  • Michigan State University College of Law, JD (1987)
  • Michigan State University, MBA, Finance (1981)
  • Xavier University, BS (1979)

Admissions

  • California
  • Michigan

Practice Areas

Industries

  • California Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
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