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David E. Freel

Senior Lecturer of Management & Human Resources

Areas of Expertise

Ethical Decision-Making
Conflicts of Interest
Ethical Leadership and Integrity
Codes of Conduct
Corporate Social Responsibility
International Ethical Standards
Foreign Corrupt Practices Act


David E. Freel teaches at the Max Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University in the subjects of Business Ethics, International Ethics and Integrity Governance for Corporations, and Ethical Leadership and Decision Making.  Professor Freel also previously taught fulltime in Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law Clinical Programs.

Mr. Freel formerly served as the Executive Director of the bi-partisan Ohio Ethics Commission for seventeen years.  During his entire tenure there, he worked for the public through four different gubernatorial administrations.  As Executive Director, Mr. Freel supervised staff overseeing ethical issues involving most public officials and employees at the state and local levels, over 500,000 in public service.

Mr. Freel has served as a Special Assistant Prosecutor and as an expert witness in ethics-related state and federal criminal prosecutions. He has written and edited articles on ethics governance and given ethics presentations to public, private, and non-profit sector audiences and legislatures throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2011, Mr. Freel served as an Expert Consultant for the U.S. Office of Government Ethics and their International Assistance and Governance Initiative, working with the APEC Economies to help draft disclosure and anti-illicit enrichment principles.  In 2009, he was asked to serve as an international ethics expert team member for the OECD that conducted a Joint Learning Study on ethics codes within the government of the Kingdom of Jordan.  He is a past President of the Council of Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL), an international organization, and was named the recipient of their highest honor, the 2007 COGEL Award, at their Conference in Victoria, British Columbia.

Mr. Freel received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Science degree from The Ohio State University, and his Juris Doctor from Capital University School of Law. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Law School in 2008.

Contact Information

336 Fisher Hall
Fisher College of Business
2100 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
(614) 688-0110