Discovery with Lisa A. Callif

Super Callif’s agile list of sushi, snuggles, boat trips

Published in 2018 Southern California Super Lawyers magazine

By Lisa A. Callif on January 30, 2018


My nickname is … Boss.

I can’t go a day without … Green #2 from Kreation.

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … when I was 17 I played a pregnant teen in a rap video. 

On my best day I … get in a good workout (especially Hot 8 Yoga).

On my worst day I … eat cookies all day in my office … like I am right now.

When I was a newbie lawyer I … was 15 minutes early to everything.

The lawyer I most admire is … Michael Donaldson. He’s smart, fair, kind and at 77 not only loves practicing law but also makes time to do trapeze three times a week. 

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … a big-picture thinker.

When I started, I wish I knew … how to be myself.

My career high point (so far) has been … taking notes, as a first-year lawyer, during Snoop Dogg’s deposition. 

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … an event planner.

My courtroom walkup music would be … “Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J.  

My fictional hero is … Wonder Woman (the 2017 version).

My real-life hero is … my mom. She can do a million things at one time—effortlessly, quickly and flawlessly. 

On weekends I … hang with the kiddos and eat at great restaurants with the husband when I can squeeze in a date night.  

The talent I wish I had is … singing.

My favorite meal is … sushi, or Jon & Vinny’s pizza.

I get angry when … my kids eat nothing but GMOs for days.    

My earliest memory is … sitting on a boat with my family and being sure that a swordfish was going to saw our boat in half.

The movie line I quote most often is … “Bye Felicia!” from the movie Friday.

The three people I’d invite to dinner are … Rachel Zoe, Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs. 

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … Aziz Ansari, because he’s thoughtful and he makes me laugh. 

Nothing cheers me up like … morning snuggles with my kids.

My guilty pleasure is … online shopping late at night when I feel I deserve to buy something because I’m working so hard.

My favorite word is … YES!

My least favorite word is … NO!

The most annoying thing about my job is … having to fake being a therapist.

The most fascinating person I ever met is … I’m still waiting.

My motto is … Everything is fixable.

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