Lisa A. Linsky - McDermott Will & Emery


Lisa A. Linsky focuses her practice on complex investigations and litigation. With more than 15 years’ experience as a criminal prosecutor, Lisa has handled matters involving sexual assault, abuse and misconduct. She is the founder and head of the Firm’s Institutional Sexual Misconduct Response Team (SMRT). Lisa leads a team of approximately 12 attorneys who assist institutional clients, including religious entities, academic institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations to navigate high-profile and sensitive sexual assault and abuse matters, including Child Victims Act and Adult Survivors Act cases. Lisa’s extensive investigation and litigation experience also uniquely positions her to conduct Title IX investigations and litigations. Her clients rely on her guidance and good counsel to protect them from reputational harm that can result from being sued in these cases. Lisa draws on her experience as a seasoned prosecutor with a trauma-informed background when investigating and litigating such matters. She also handles trust and estate matters, including New York Surrogate’s Court litigation, complex commercial and civil rights litigations.

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  • Represents religious, academic and other organizations and businesses in cases involving the New York Child Victims Act, Adult Survivors Act and other sexual misconduct allegations
  • Successfully litigated complex sexual abuse cases and obtained dismissals for multiple clients in pre-answer and pre-discovery stages of litigation
  • Assists religious and other private and nonprofit organizations in evaluating risks in connection with decades-old sexual abuse allegations, and works with clients to ensure their policies and practices are state-of-the art, particularly in view of the evolving legal landscape for sexual assault and abuse cases

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  • Crain’s New York Business Notable Women in Law Honoree, 2022
  • Outstanding Top 100 LGBT+ Executives Role Model List, 2022
  • LGBT Bar Association of New York’s Community Vision Award, 2020

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  • American Bar Association Litigation Section’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, section leader
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, member
  • Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, Attorney Grievance Committee, member, 2018 through 2020

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Pace University School of Law, JD, with honors, 1984
Villanova University, BA, with honors, 1981

New York

Courts / Agencies
Supreme Court of the United States
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the Eastern District of New York
US District Court for the Southern District of New York