Lisa M. Friel joined T&M 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 team have developed policies and procedures, provided training workshops and conducted sensitive investigations into issues of sexual misconduct (both sexual assault and sexual harassment), 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.
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.