Lisa Frelinghuysen

Senior Advisor

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Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen is a Senior Advisor, working with Banyan as an independent consultant supporting our clients who can benefit from her expertise. She specializes in ownership and governance structures, succession planning, board development, and working with the next generation on their professional development and readiness. Lisa has advised both family business owners who work well together and families who are experiencing tension and conflict and helped them to generate alignment, form productive working relationships, and plan for the future.

Before Banyan, Lisa worked in a privately owned company, David Yurman, as their Chief of Strategy and Chief Legal Officer, reporting to the CEO, but working with the owners on governance, board development, and succession planning. Trained as a lawyer, Lisa practiced litigation at Williams & Connolly, and prior to that, served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, helping to draft the Supreme Court’s landmark gender equality decision, United States v. Virginia. She is a graduate of Stanford Law School, where she ran the Stanford Law Review. 

Lisa has served on privately company boards and non-profit boards in the gender equality space. She speaks frequently in the media, at universities, and corporations, about the Supreme Court and the evolution of gender equality law. Lisa lives in New York City and has four children. 

Fun Facts:

  • Lisa played on the Stanford Women’s Lacrosse team and has climbed the Matterhorn, Mt Kilimanjaro, and Mt Kenya. 
  • Lisa helped draft the Supreme Court’s landmark, gender equality decision, United States v. Virginia, and appeared in the documentary, RBG


  • Stanford University (BA)
  • Stanford Law School (JD)

What are best practices for multi-generational, family-owned businesses for transferring the enterprise to the next generation? Banyan Senior Advisor Lisa Frelinghuysen shares our thinking with AlTi Tiedemann Global, a global wealth and alternatives manager.