Elisabeth M. Baker-Pham, associate with DC employment law firm KCNF

Elisabeth Baker-Pham


Washington, DC

Elisabeth (Lisa) Baker-Pham advocates for employees in matters relating to security clearance adjudication, discipline, discrimination, and retaliation.


Lisa is co-chair of KCNF’s security clearance practice, advising applicants through the clearance process and representing federal employees and contractors whose clearances have been threatened or suspended, or whose suitability for federal employment has been challenged. Lisa contributed to the firm’s most recent edition of its long-running book, Security Clearance Law and Procedure.


Before moving to D.C., Lisa was the Acting Director of the Office of Labor Relations for the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, where she previously served as labor and employment counsel. She provided daily guidance regarding a wide range of labor and employment matters with a focus on proactive compliance and appeared in administrative fora in matters relating to claims of discrimination and the state’s civil service laws. Lisa began her career as an intern with the same agency while focusing her law school studies on the areas of labor and employment law.


Lisa received her education at the University of North Florida (B.A. in Sociology) and New England School of Law (J.D.). In law school, Lisa served as the Managing Editor of the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement.

Bar Admissions


  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts

Professional Associations and Memberships


  • Security Clearance Lawyers Association, Member

  • American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Member

  • Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA), Member

  • Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association (MWELA), Member

  • National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Member

  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section, Subcommittee on the Family and Medical Leave Act (2018-2020)

  • National LGBT Bar Association, Membership Committee (2019-2021)

Published Works