Lisa (Lisa) Grafstein (D-SS13)
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Capitol: 919.733.9349
FAX: 919.715.2880
District: 919.395.5412
North Carolina State Senate
Room 1119 Legislative Building 16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

District Office:
16 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Elected: 2022    Next Election: 2024
Committee Assignments
MemberJoint Legislative Oversight Committee on Justice and Public Safety
MemberSubcommittee on Justice and Public Safety
MemberSenate Committee on Agriculture, Energy, and Environment
MemberSenate Committee on Judiciary
MemberSenate Committee on State and Local Government
MemberJoint Legislative Committee on Ethics
Counties Representing
Columbus / Robeson / Wake


Lisa has been a civil rights lawyer since 1995. After running her own firm for 16 years, she joined Disability Rights North Carolina, a non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of people with disabilities.

Lisa speaking at a podiumAt Disability Rights, she litigates cases to enforce the rights of people with disabilities to live and work free from discrimination. She has represented people facing employment discrimination, voting rights violations, disability discrimination by public agencies, denial of access to public accommodations, and constitutional rights violations.

Lisa finishing a marathonLisa has lived in Raleigh since 1990. She has an adult son, and a 12-year-old, 75-pound "pandemic puppy" named Rosie. She is a slow runner but somehow completed the City of Oaks Marathon twice.

Selected Civic Engagement North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys President, 2000 - 2001 Board of Directors, 1998 - 2002 Chair, Judicial Endorsements Committee, 2004 North Carolina Justice Center Board of Directors, 2012 - 2019 Board Co-chair, 2015 - 2016 Suzanne Reynolds for NC Supreme Court, Campaign Manager, 2008 Committee to Keep Judge Linda Stephens, Campaign Manager, 2008 Robin Hudson for NC Supreme Court, Campaign Manager, 2006 North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1995 - present Civil Rights Section Executive Committee, 2016 - 2018 Continuing Legal Education Executive Committee, Co-chair, 2007 - 2009 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Attorneys, Board of Directors, ~ 2000 Professional Experience Disability Rights North Carolina, 2011 - present North Carolina State Personnel Commission, 2010 - 2013 Law Office of Lisa Grafstein, PLLC (formerly Grafstein & Walczyk, PLLC), 1995 - 2011 Professional Honors Champion of Justice Award, The Barbara McDowell and Gerald Hartman Foundation, 2023 Gwyneth B. Davis Award, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, 2012 Legal Elite, Business North Carolina Magazine, 2007-present Legal Elite Hall of Fame, 2011 North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine inclusions- Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2011 Employment Law, 2009-present Best Lawyers in America, 2007-present