Eric Schneiderman, the New “Sheriff” on Wall Street fills top six jobs

(Reuters) – New York Attorney General-elect Eric Schneiderman named six lawyers to join his legal staff, including a top trial lawyer as his chief deputy, when he becomes the new “Sheriff of Wall Street” on January 1. Schneiderman takes over from fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo. He will inherit cases including Tuesday’s civil fraud lawsuit against accounting firm Ernst & Young over allegations that it helped to hide Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc’s financial problems before the investment bank collapsed. The appointments include Harlan Levy, a partner and trial lawyer at high-profile law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner, to become first deputy attorney general. Levy earlier served as a homicide prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office….continue reading article.

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Harlan A. Levy

1. Harlan A. Levy is a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP.  His practice focuses on business litigation and white collar criminal defense.  Mr. Levy is a trial lawyer and has tried numerous cases in federal and state court.  He is “a renowned criminal defense lawyer” (Court TV) and is listed in the current edition of Corporate Counsel’s Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in white collar criminal defense.  In 2009 Mr. Levy successfully defended Delta Air Lines in a trade secret and employment litigation with American Airlines winning denial of a preliminary injunction in federal court in the Southern District of New York. In 2009 he also won dismissal of an indicted white collar criminal case pending in New York State Supreme Court.  He currently represents Pfizer in product liability litigation…continue reading

Barbara D Underwood

2. Barbara D. Underwood (born August 16, 1944) is New York Solicitor General.  Underwood was born in Evansville, Indiana, to Dr. Robert Underwood and Mildred Underwood. She grew up in Belleville, New Jersey, and is the eldest of three daughters. She was appointed to her position by New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo in January 2007.  Underwood graduated from Radcliffe College in 1966 and received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1969. After graduation, Underwood clerked for Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the Supreme Court. After leaving the court, Underwood was a law professor for 10 years at the Yale Law School. She also has taught at Brooklyn Law School and at New York University School of Law…continue reading.

Terryl L. Brown

3. Terryl Brown joined the Power Authority in December 2008 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Before coming to NYPA, she served in the Governor’s office as Acting Counsel and previously as the First Assistant Counsel to both Governor David A. Paterson and Governor Eliot Spitzer. In these positions, Ms. Brown was responsible for providing advice and counsel to the Governor and other high-level government officials; managing the Executive Chamber’s legal staff; and drafting, reviewing and negotiating the Governor’s legislative and budget proposals. Prior to joining the Governor’s office in 2007, Ms. Brown served as the Assistant Deputy Attorney General of the Division of Public Advocacy in the New York State Attorney General’s office where she supervised approximately 160 attorneys and 220 other employees assigned to the following nine bureaus: Antitrust; Charities; Civil Rights; Consumer Frauds and Protection; Environmental Protection; Health Care; Internet; Investment Protection and Telecommunications and Energy…continue reading.

Karla Sanchez

4. Karla Sanchez is a general commercial litigator.  In addition to a wide-range of general commercial disputes, Karla’s practice focuses on (a) intellectual property litigation, including patents, trade dress and false advertising; (b) complex financial litigation involving residential mortgage-backed securities; (c) licensing disputes; and (d) products liability.  She has successfully litigated before courts and arbitration panels throughout the country representing both plaintiffs and defendants involving a broad range of products and disciplines, including residential mortgage-backed securities, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, underwater sea cables, and consumer products such as no-calorie sweeteners, personal lubricants and pizza…continue reading.

Patti Sapone/The Star-LedgerNancy Hoppock, deputy chief of the criminal division for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, in this 2009 photo.

5. Nancy Hoppock worked as a paralegal at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark while taking night classes at Seton Hall Law School. She spent seven years as a prosecutor for Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, then returned to New Jersey in 2001 and climbed the ranks at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to become deputy chief of its criminal division.  Dogged, meticulously organized and unfailingly polite, the composed Hoppock provides a counterbalance to Adetula’s courtroom emotion. “She can go toe to toe with the best of them,” said Deborah Gramiccioni, who is criminal justice director for state Attorney General Anne Milgram and met Hoppock while working as a federal prosecutor. “She is relentless,” said Jeffrey S. Chiesa, a former executive assistant to acting U.S. Attorney Ralph J. Marra…continue reading.

6. Janet Sabel is the General Counsel of the Legal Aid Society and an experienced civil litigator.  Ms. Sabel has been an attorney at the Legal Aid Society since 1985. Over the years at Legal Aid, Ms. Sabel has held the positions of staff attorney in the Civil Division’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Office, staff attorney in the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit where she worked on federal and class action litigation on disability and health issues, managing attorney of the Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Office, Attorney-in-Charge of the Society’s Health Law Unit, and from 1999 to August 2005, Attorney in Charge of Legal Aid’s city-wide Immigration Law Unit until  she became General Counsel for the Society. Ms. Sabel graduated from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar…continue reading.

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