Linda Fairstein is a lawyer, former prosecutor, the author of twenty-three books and one of America’s foremost legal experts on crimes of violence against women and children. For three decades, from 1972 until 2002, Fairstein served in the office of the New York County District Attorney, where she was Chief of the country’s pioneering Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for twenty-six years. In that position, she supervised the investigation and trial of cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicides arising out of those crimes.
Linda has received dozens of awards for her legal work and advocacy, and in many instances was the first woman to be so honored. These include the Federal Bar Council’s Emory Buckner Award for Public Service and the UJA Federation’s Proskauer Award. For her groundbreaking work on behalf of victims of violence, Fairstein received Columbia University’s School of Medicine Award for Excellence; the Anti-Violence Project’s “Courage” Award; Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year Award; the American Heart Association Women of Courage Award, and many similar honors. In 2010, Fairstein was awarded the New York Women’s Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award for her leadership in the field of domestic violence.
In 1993, Linda Fairstein published her first book – a non-fiction work entitled SEXUAL VIOLENCE: Our War Against Rape – which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is the author of nineteen crime novels, published by Dutton, featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. The most recent of these – DEADFALL – was published in August, 2017, and like the fifteen which preceded it became an “instant” New York Times bestseller. Many of the books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Fairstein was awarded the Nero Wolfe Award for Excellence in Crime Writing in 2008, and in 2010 received the Silver Bullet Award of the International Thriller Writers.
Linda Fairstein is a trustee of Vassar College, and a grandparent of a 2017 graduate. She is on the boards of several non-profits: Safe Horizon, which is the country’s largest victim advocacy organization; God’s Love We Deliver, which feeds seriously ill New Yorkers; and she leads the national project to end the rape evidence kit backlog at the Joyful Heart Foundation. She is the board chair emeritus of the Virginia Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Fairstein consults regularly on sexual assault investigations. Her work involves advising lawyers and investigators on Title IX complaints, working with the NBA on domestic violence/sexual assault allegations involving players, and engaging in case work as a result of the “Me, Too” movement.