Leadership
Lisa M. Friel
Vice President

Lisa M. Friel joined T&M Protection Resources in October 2011 as Vice President of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations division following a distinguished 28-year career as a Manhattan prosecutor. Since joining T&M, Ms. Friel and her staff have developed policies and procedures, provided training workshops and conducted sensitive investigations into issues of sexual misconduct (both sexual assault and sexual harassment), domestic violence, stalking, harassment, hazing and bullying for primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, athletic teams and leagues (collegiate and professional), non-profit organizations, corporations and private individuals. In addition, beginning in September 2014 when T&M was retained by the NFL for consulting on domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault, Ms. Friel has been providing that service as a Special Advisor to the NFL Commissioner.

Ms. Friel began her professional career at the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  Hired by District Attorney Robert M. Morgenthau in 1983, Ms. Friel specialized in sexual assault cases for the majority of her career at the District Attorney’s Office. She was the Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for nearly a decade and its Deputy Chief for 11 years. Supervising more than 40 assistant district attorneys, support staff and investigators, she typically managed 300 cases and investigations at any one time.

Since her first days as a prosecutor in 1983, and continuing in her tenure at T&M, Ms. Friel has directed thousands of investigations into allegations of sexual assault and other misconduct and has trained hundreds of law enforcement personnel throughout the world. Lawmakers in Albany and Washington repeatedly called upon her expertise to toughen laws against sexual predators, combat human trafficking, create DNA databanks and establish laws and protocols to eliminate the backlog of untested rape kits on the shelves of police departments’ evidence rooms around the country. 

An internationally recognized expert on sexual assault, Ms. Friel has investigated and supervised complex cases involving sexual assault and harassment, human trafficking, workplace violence, child pornography, internet predators, unlawful surveillance, theft and fraud. She has gained a reputation for being incredibly thorough, sensitive and creative in her work, a skilled interviewer and investigator, and someone with great intelligence, experience and good judgment. She’s been hailed as a “consummate professional” by many in her field. Among her honors: a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mt. Sinai Medical Center Sexual Assault Victims’ Intervention Program; Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year Award from the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault; awards for Distinguished Leadership and Outstanding Service from St. Luke’s/Roosevelt Hospital Center.

An instructor, educator, lecturer, mother of three college-age children and former Division 1 varsity player and coach, Ms. Friel has connected with diverse audiences ranging from seasoned detectives to school children, doctors to volunteer sexual assault advocates, as well as athletes and athletic personnel at all levels. She has headlined legal, sports and education conferences, has provided training to all types of audiences and has participated in numerous interviews and films addressing sexual harassment and assault, rape and domestic violence.

She was among the Manhattan prosecutors featured in an acclaimed HBO 2011 documentary, Sex Crimes Unit. In 2009, Inside Edition interviewed Ms. Friel for a segment entitled Nightclub Dangers. She also appeared in an Emmy-nominated series of educational videos, Clicking with Caution, produced by the New York City Mayor’s Criminal Justice Coordinator’s Office. Most recently, she was featured in the March 2013 New York Magazine issue as one of New York’s Women Leaders in the Law.

Ms. Friel earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Dartmouth College, graduating cum laude. At the University of Virginia School of Law, she finished in the top seven percent of her class and was awarded the Order of the Coif upon receiving her Juris Doctor. 

Lisa M. Friel
Vice President
Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations
Direct: 212.417.9160
lfriel@tmprotection.com

Press


T&M Retained by the NFL to Provide Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Consulting Services

The National Association of Independent Schools Publishes Article by Lisa M. Friel and Marjory Fisher on Sexual Misconduct

Lisa M. Friel Participates as a Panelist During Prevention Strategies & Legal Updates on Sexual Misconduct Conference at Fordham University

Lisa M. Friel Participates in NAIS Webinar: Preventing & Responding to Educator Misconduct

Lisa M. Friel Participates in The Prevention Summit Presented by MassKids

Lisa M. Friel to Participate as Panelist in CLE Webinar: EEO Internal Investigations

Lisa M. Friel and Laura Kirschstein Featured in New York's Women Leaders in the Law 2013

T&M to Co-host Security Strategies for Schools Event

Lisa Friel to Participate as Panelist in CLE Webinar: EEO Internal Investigations

Head of Brooklyn Heights Montessori School Supports Child Abuse Awareness - It Almost Happened to Him

Lisa M. Friel Provides Workshop to NYS Association of Independent Schools

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month

After the Freeh Report on Penn State: A Call to Action

Lisa M. Friel on the Testimony of Dottie Sandusky: Spouses are Most Often in the Dark

Learning from the Sandusky Case: Have a Clear Reporting Process

Lisa M. Friel Participates as a Panelist on Sexual Misconduct Prevention at the NYSAIS Business Affairs Conference

April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Cornell ILR Labor & Employment Law Program to Feature Lisa M. Friel

Lisa M. Friel to Speak to Society of Professional Investigators

Independent Expertise Urged for Sexual Misconduct Issues at Boston University

The Role of Social Media in School Affairs

Workplace Romance, Sexual Harassment and the Emergence of Love Contracts

UPDATED: Lisa M. Friel to Participate in Harvard Women's Law Association Conference

5 Tips to Help Prevent Sexual Misconduct at Workplace Parties & Events

Lisa M. Friel Evaluates Sandusky's Decision to Waive Hearing

Sex Abuse Evidence May Force Sandusky to Seek Plea Bargain

Lisa M. Friel Interviewed on CBS Baltimore's The Norris & Davis Show

T&M's Lisa M. Friel Interviewed on CNN's Piers Morgan

Lisa M. Friel Participates as Sex Crimes Expert in Cornell Panel Discussion

Top Sex Crimes Prosecutor Lisa M. Friel to Join T&M