Thomas Alan Lisk



(804) 762-6921

(804) 762-6950

Tom focuses his practice on regulatory matters before agencies, boards, and commissions of the commonwealth of Virginia, including the State Corporation Commission. Tom is a registered lobbyist in Virginia, providing legislative representation of business interests and trade associations before the Virginia General Assembly since 1980. Tom also serves as legal and legislative counsel to the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, representing the Commonwealth’s restaurant and lodging industries. Tom was appointed by the Virginia Code Commission to chair the Virginia Administrative Law Advisory Committee.

Tom represents clients in matters relating to beverage alcohol regulation, antitrust, election law, franchise, gaming and lottery, health care, insurance, Internet regulation, professional and occupational regulation, and issues related to privatization of governmental services. He also represents a wide range of restaurants, hotels, amusements, and entertainment establishments, as well as breweries, wineries, distilleries, and wine and beer wholesalers and importers on legal, regulatory, and legislative matters. Tom regularly counsels hotel owners and management companies, lenders, developers, and real estate investment funds in relation to management agreements, licensing and permitting issues, and operational issues.

Tom earned his undergraduate degree, cum laude,  from Washington & Lee University and he earned his law degree from Washington & Lee University School of Law.


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Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies Continues its Nationwide Expansion, Adding Veteran Attorney and Lobbyist Thomas A. Lisk to its Richmond Va. Office

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Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies today announced that Thomas A. Lisk, an attorney, and government relations professional who has represented business interests and trade associations before the Virginia General Assembly since 1980, has joined the firm as a managing director of its fast-growing Public Strategies Group in Richmond, Va.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Unlimited License Problems

March 17, 2019 - Arlington, VA


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., cum laude, 1980

Awards & Honors

2020 Best Lawyers: Lawyer of the Year/Administrative & Regulatory Law - Richmond, VA

Virginia’s Legal Elite for Legislative/Regulatory/Administrative Law, Virginia Business magazine, 2016

Leaders in the Law, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2015

Best Lawyers’ 2015 Richmond Administrative/Regulatory Law

Best Lawyers’ 2015 Richmond Gaming Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers’ 2013 Richmond Gaming Law Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers’ 2012 Richmond Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year

The Best Lawyers in America

Virginia Super Lawyers for Administrative Law

Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

District of Columbia Bar, Administrative Law Section

Virginia Bar Association, Administrative Law Council, Board Member

Virginia State Bar, Administrative Law Section

Virginia ABC Board’s Licensee Newsletter, Editorial Board

Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Industry Advisory Panel

American Bar Association, Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice Section, Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice, Business Law Section, Government Affairs Practice Committee

National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys (NAABLA)

National Association of Licensing & Compliance Professionals

Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants (AAIAC)

State Law Resources, Inc., Founding Director and Past National Chair (State Law Resources, Inc. is national network of independent law firms selected for their experience in administrative, regulatory, and government relations at the state level)

Virginia Law Foundation, Fellow

Monument Avenue Preservation Society

Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Advisory Board Member

Innsbrook Foundation, Board Member

Richmond Jaycees Foundation, Board Member

City of Richmond, Mayor’s Tourism Commission, Member