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Lisa Marie Vari

Hi! Thanks for taking the time to visit my website. If you're reading this page, you probably want to know a little more about me as a lawyer and/or rider. I offer you some background on both my professional career as well as my riding background.

My parents divorced when I was in high school. There was barely enough money for my mom and I to survive let alone for me to go to college. My first two years of college were spent at the Community College of Allegheny County — South Campus, where I could attend school on a budget and obtain my Associates Degree. I worked as a waitress at Chi-Chi's Mexican Restaurant and as a salesperson at Merry-Go-Round clothing store while attending classes full-time at CCAC. I transferred to the University of Pittsburgh to attend evening classes and finish my Bachelor's Degree. While attending Pitt, I worked full-time at the Social Security Administration office in Pittsburgh and assisted people with their Social Security Disability and Retirement claims. The summer following graduation from Pitt, I worked full-time for the late Judge Robert Dauer who was the President Judge of Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas as well as the Administrative Judge of Allegheny County's Criminal Division.

I applied to and was accepted into the evening program at Duquesne University School of Law. I worked full-time during the day while attending full-time law classes at night. I received a number of academic honors during law school based upon my grades. During law school, I worked at a number of different law firms where I gained experience in personal injury and medical malpractice issues as well as criminal defense. Additionally, I volunteered to assist an all-female team representing a man accused of homicide. I also interned for the late Chief Justice Ralph Cappy at the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which is a very coveted intern position for Pennsylvania law students. As an intern for Justice Cappy, I wrote draft opinions in a variety of different cases but especially in the area of criminal law. One of the opinions I assisted with drafting is now one of the leading cases in the area of Pennsylvania Search and Seizure law.

In my final year of law school, I obtained the honor of being appointed to teach the first year law students their legal research and writing class. During that last year of school, I also started employment as a Law Clerk (Staff Attorney) in the family law area with the Honorable Judge Max Baer when Judge Baer was the Administrative Judge of the Adult and Juvenile Sections of the Family Division in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas. (Judge Baer is now Justice Baer and sits on the PA Supreme Court.)

In 1996, I opened my own law office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2011, a second was opened in Miami, Florida. I and the members of my legal team in Pittsburgh and Miami have had the honor of representing over 1600 clients with their legal issues.

Outside of work, I love riding motorcycles. After pestering my dad about wanting to ride a bike like my big brother, my dad finally gave me the opportunity to drive a mini-bike when I was only 8 years old. That experience of falling off the bike satisfied my desire to ride for a long time. My brother, however, continued riding dirt bikes and carved out, with his friends, miles of dirt bike trails throughout Jefferson Hills, Clairton and neighboring communities. It wasn't uncommon for 20 - 30 dirt bikes to be in my family's driveway on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Every now and then, my brother would cave into my relentless requests to ride one of his bikes when I was a teenager. Back then, I was more interested in the boys who rode with my brother than actually riding myself.

In 2007, my brother passed away and I also went through a divorce that year. Suddenly, as a result of my brother's death and my divorce, I was the owner of 3 Harleys. To honor my brother's memory, I decided to learn how to ride street bikes.

I attended Basic Rider Training through Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) in Miami. I knew I wasn't prepared for the open road and sought out additional training. I found a series of videos by Jerry Paladino, a retired motor cop instructor, and his wife, Donna, entitled "Ride Like A Pro". I set up a practice course as the videos suggested and practiced my riding skills 2 -3 nights per week. A few months later, I took a course from Jerry and Donna directly, and after, was invited to join the RLAP team. I've appeared in the last 2 Ride Like a Pro videos and have participated in riding shows at bike events with Jerry and Donna in Florida and Georgia.

I'm also a member of the Peterson's Harley Davidson Precision Thunder Drill Team that performs at various bike events including HOG state rallies. In June 2012, I appeared on my Harley Street Glide in the centerfold photo in Marie Claire magazine's Russian edition. The five page article was about a road trip that the writer accompanied me and my friends on to Leesburg Bikefest.

Currently, I ride a 2010 Street Glide-"Scarlett"-that has over 46,000 miles on it (as of July 2013) and my new baby, a 2013 Harley Davidson Street Glide - "Daisy." I love attending local bike night events in Pittsburgh, such as at Quaker Steak & Lube in Pleasant Hills, PA and Cranberry Township, PA and Jergel's Rhythm Grille in Warrendale. In Miami, I enjoy attending bike events at Café 27 and Gilbert's Tiki Bar and Flossy's.

I also enjoy traveling to major events on my bike, including the Daytona Beach Bike Week and Biketoberfest, Leesburg Bike Fest, Sturgis Bike Week, and Lanconia Bike Week. Loving to travel on my bike, I rode 13,000 miles last year from Miami to Pittsburgh, then to Milwaukee, South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and all the states in between-all before returning to Miami. Ask me about my experience with the bison in Custer State Park in South Dakota! Better yet, I'll show you the video!

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Manor Building, Penthouse Suite
564 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412-281-9906
Fax: 412-281-9908

Vizcayne Tower, Suite 2202
244 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33132
Phone: 305-222-7351
Toll-free: 1-844-BIKER-CHICK (1-844-245-3724)
Fax: 305-329-2563

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