Lisa Denig

  • Adjunct Professor


AA, Westchester Community College
BA, Vassar College
MPS, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas
JD, Pace Law School

Adjunct Professor Lisa Denig was appointed to the position of Commissioner of Human Resources for Westchester County by County Executive George Latimer in April 2023. The Department of Human Resources maintains detailed employment records for more than 30,000 employees across 121 local jurisdictions, including cities, towns, villages, school districts, fire districts, Westchester Medical Center, and libraries.

Prof. Denig has also served as Counsel to the Chief Judge of the State of New York, Hon. Janet DiFiore. In this role, Prof. Denig analyzed and researched cases before the high court, and advised the Chief Judge. She also worked administratively in the Alternative Dispute Resolution program and served as the Chief Judge’s liaison to certain committees. Before this position, Prof. Denig was Special Counsel for ADR Initiatives for the New York State Office of Court Administration. In this role, she served as the coordinator of the Presumptive ADR Initiative to bring early, presumptive ADR to all civil litigation matters in the five counties and three specialty courts inside New York City.

Prior to this, Prof. Denig served as the Bureau Chief of Special Litigation in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, as a law clerk to the Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and as the Chief of Staff to Putnam County Executive Robert J. Bondi, overseeing 20 different departments and nearly 500 employees.

In 2020, Prof. Denig was named Attorney Innovator of the Year by the New York Law Journal for her work in advancing mediation in the courts, and was presented with the Pioneer Award from the NY County Lawyers Association in 2021.

Prof. Denig is the current President of the WCC Alumni Association, and has served as the President of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association and also as President of Habitat for Humanity of Putnam County.  She is a member of the Haub Law Board of Visitors, the Westchester Community College Foundation, the Westchester Community College Paralegal Board and the Pace Women in Law Committee. She administers the children’s program at First Baptist Church of Brewster, where she is also on the Leadership Team, and is a regular volunteer for Hillside Food Outreach and Compassion International.

Attorney Innovator of the Year, New York Law Journal, 2020
Pioneer Award, New York County Lawyers Association, 2021


“The Perfect Storm:  Why Judicial Selection is the Right Remedy for New York State in the Wake of Torres v Board of Elections,”  Westchester County Bar Association Journal, Spring 2007.