Lisa A. Mantella is Counsel in Leech Tishman’s Litigation Practice Group, where she co-leads the Governmental and Internal Investigation group and the White Collar Defense Group. Lisa is based in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office where she focuses her practice on government enforcement, internal investigations, criminal defense and corporate compliance.
Lisa’s practice includes the representation of individuals and organizations in law enforcement and regulatory investigations and criminal defense matters. Lisa has experience conducting internal investigations on behalf of a public corporation, private business, government entities and nonprofit organizations. She also offers counsel on the implementation of ethics and compliance programs and is well-versed in representing clients under investigation by state and federal law enforcement and regulatory agencies. Lisa has tried dozens of jury trials and numerous bench trials.
Before joining Leech Tishman, Lisa served as an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County for over 10 years. During that time, she prosecuted white collar criminal cases involving fraud, corruption, bribery, money laundering, obstruction of justice, embezzlement, and ethics act violations. Lisa was designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney following the federal adoption of an investigation with which she was involved. She worked with detectives in providing legal counsel during complex criminal investigations, including cases involving elected and public officials and high-profile matters. Lisa served as a legal advisor to the Allegheny County Investigating Grand Jury in multiple investigations involving individuals and organizations including a hospital and public schools. She was also designated by the District Attorney to handle wiretap matters and assisted law enforcement in obtaining evidence using consensual and nonconsensual wiretaps.
J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
B.S.B.A. in Finance, cum laude, Duquesne University
B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, Duquesne University
U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Allegheny County Bar Association (Council Member, Women in the Law Division; Criminal Litigation Section)
Allegheny County Bar Foundation (Fellow)
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Women’s White Collar Defense Association, Pittsburgh Chapter
Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics (Member)
Duquesne University School of Law (Adjunct Instructor, 2012-2015)
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh (Member, Board of Directors, 2019)
Duquesne University Law Alumni Association (Member)
Criminal Justice Act Panel, U.S. District of Western Pennsylvania (Member)
Protecting Your Municipality from Public Corruption, Communications & Ethics Workshop, Local Government Academy Newly Elected Officials Course, February 15, 2020
Ethical Considerations when Negotiating Plea Agreements, Presenter, West LegalEdCenter (Live Online Conference), September 13, 2019
Introduction to Grand Jury Practice, Speaker, Allegheny County Bar Association (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), February 8, 2019
Criminal Justice Reform: Where Are We…Where Are We Going?, Panel Speaker, Allegheny County Bar Association (Seven Springs, Pennsylvania), June 14, 2019