Integrity Monitoring Veteran Gerard Frech Joins CohnReznick Advisory
Edison, NJ – Gerard (Jerry) Frech, JD, has joined CohnReznick as a Director in CohnReznick Advisory. Jerry is responsible for managing the integrity monitoring of large-scale construction projects and other major risk-prone undertakings for fraud, waste, and abuse, and providing integrity monitoring and compliance services to government agencies, private enterprise and not-for-profit organizations.
Jerry has more than 25 years of experience in providing integrity monitoring, corruption prevention, fraud detection, and corporate investigation services. He is a pioneer in the integrity monitoring arena, having served as the project manager, in 1991, on the first integrity monitorship ever imposed on a construction company in the State of New York and on a number of high profile projects since. He has received Bar Admission in New York, New Jersey, the U.S. District Court – New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals – Third Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jerry has managed teams of forensic auditors, engineers, investigators, and environmental and safety professionals to protect projects from corruption, fraud, waste, and abuse and to assure compliance with legal and contractual obligations. His experience includes assessing internal controls, identifying risk areas, developing corruption prevention policies and procedures, and conducting interviews with confidential sources and corporate personnel at all levels. Jerry has interfaced with senior management and state and federal government entities, including regulatory and funding agencies, law enforcement, Inspectors General, and prosecutorial offices.
Prior to joining the Firm, Jerry was involved in the management of several integrity monitoring efforts on behalf of such clients as The City of New York (post-Hurricane Sandy Rapid Repairs Program), Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC Department of Investigation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Yankee Global Enterprises LLC (New Yankee Stadium Project), Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Jerry’s integrity monitoring experience also includes the overseeing of the clean-up and recovery operations at the World Trade Center disaster site.
Jerry has been a guest lecturer on integrity monitoring at Columbia University and has presented seminars on conducting internal investigations for the internal audit and legal departments of major utility companies.
He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Psychology from Boston College and his Juris Doctor from Seton Hall Law School. He is a member of American Bar Association, Public Contract Law Section, and the New Jersey State Bar Association, Construction Law Section.