The policies, management, and direction of the office are determined by the District Attorney. The executive staff assists the District Attorney with this endeavor.
Karen Friedman Agnifilo serves as Chief Assistant District Attorney. In that capacity, she oversees all aspects of the Office’s work and acts in the District Attorney’s place when he is absent. Ms. Friedman Agnifilo rejoined the Office in 2010 as Executive ADA and Chief of the Trial Division, leaving her position as General Counsel to the New York City Criminal Justice Coordinator. In that capacity, she managed multi-agency criminal justice policy initiatives and projects and helped shape New York City's criminal justice legislative and policy agendas. Her areas of focus have included human trafficking, where she has served as the chair of the New York City Anti Human Trafficking Task Force, implementing numerous human trafficking initiatives; internet safety; sexual assault; DNA; domestic violence; mental health; Criminal Court; court facility renovations; technology projects; juvenile justice; identity theft; and fraud. A veteran of the District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Friedman Agnifilo previously served for 14 years as an Assistant District Attorney, including four years as Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. In the Trial Division, she handled a wide range of cases including homicides, sexual assaults, gangs, narcotics, child abuse, and general violent crime. She also served in the Homicide Investigation Unit, the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau, and the Asian Gang Unit. Ms. Friedman Agnifilo is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and a 1992 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
Jeffrey Schlanger serves as Chief of Staff. He most recently served as President and CEO of KeyPoint Government Solutions, a private investigation firm previously known as Kroll Government Services. While at Kroll, Mr. Schlanger worked with now-Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Michael G. Cherkasky, former CEO of Marsh, Inc., and Chair of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, as the monitoring team for the Los Angeles Police Department. Working in that capacity for eight years, the team oversaw reforms mandated by a federal consent decree arising out of a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department.
Additionally, in 2010, Mr. Schlanger served as Special Counsel to the Commission on Public Integrity, working on the investigation of former Governor David Paterson. He has also led independent investigations for various state and local police agencies and served, pro bono, as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County.
From 1978 to 1990, Mr. Schlanger served as a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney, having worked in the office’s Rackets Bureau and Trial Division, as well as in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. During that time, he was responsible for some of the office’s most significant cases, including the investigation and prosecution of the Westies gang and members and associates of the Gambino Organized Crime Family. Mr. Schlanger is a 1978 graduate of New York University School of Law, and a 1975 graduate of SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University).
Erin Duggan Kramer serves as Deputy Chief of Staff, and supervises external communications for the Office. She previously served on Mr. Vance’s campaign staff as Director of Communications and Press Secretary. Ms. Duggan Kramer served as Deputy Press Secretary for Gov. David Paterson, and previously was a spokesperson for Governor Eliot Spitzer. She also worked on the Crisis Management team of a global public relations firm. Ms. Duggan Kramer spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter, during which time she wrote for The New York Times, the Albany Times Union, the Syracuse Post Standard and several national magazines. Ms. Duggan Kramer is a graduate of Colby College and Syracuse University, where she also taught journalism.
Hilary Hassler serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Appeals Bureau. In addition, Ms. Hassler is a member of the Office’s Committee on Conviction Integrity. Ms. Hassler began her legal career as an ADA in 1979, assigned to the Appeals Bureau. She handled all manner of state court appeals, including felony convictions and civil proceedings in both state and federal court. In 1981, Ms. Hassler was assigned to the Trial Division, where she was responsible for felony street-crime prosecution, including homicides. Ms. Hassler resigned from the Office in 1986 and was appointed Principal Law Clerk to Acting Supreme Court Justice Allen Alpert, in New York County. One year later, she was reappointed an ADA and returned to the Appeals Bureau, where she served in various capacities, including Supervising Appellate Attorney, Deputy Chief, and, ultimately in 2009, Chief of the Appeals Bureau. Ms. Hassler graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and Brooklyn Law School, where she was a published member and senior editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. She is currently a member of the executive committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association.
John Irwin serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Trial Division. Mr. Irwin is a veteran prosecutor of the most serious violent crime that this office prosecutes. He joined the office in 1987, following his graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, and was assigned to Trial Bureau 80 until he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Trial Division in early 2010. While in Trial Bureau 80, John held every possible position, starting as a line ADA, and later becoming Criminal Court Supervisor, Senior Trial Counsel, Deputy Bureau Chief, and, finally, Bureau Chief. As Deputy Chief of the Trial Division, John has been responsible for overseeing the most difficult violent crime cases in the Division.
Lillian "Lee" Llambelis serves as Special Assistant District Attorney for Intergovernmental Affairs. Ms. Llambelis joined the Office as an Assistant District Attorney in 1992, where she served for ten years in the Trial Bureau 60, the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and the Official Corruption Unit. After serving as Litigation Director for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, and as Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs for Attorney General Cuomo, she rejoined the Office in 2010 to serve as Special Assistant District Attorney for Community Affairs before beginning her current role. Ms. Llambelis is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and received her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. She was also a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Llambelis served as an Assistant Press Secretary to former Mayor Edward I. Koch.
Chauncey Parker serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Crime Prevention Strategies. Mr. Parker was instrumental in creating the Office’s Crime Strategies Unit, and today oversees its work. Mr. Parker is also the Director of the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), a federally-funded program that invests in federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships designed to disrupt the market for illegal drugs. A veteran of more than 23 years in criminal justice, Mr. Parker began his career in the District Attorney's Office, serving for five years in the Trial Division and in the Office of the New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor. Mr. Parker next served for 10 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York under Mary Jo White, serving in the Organized Crime Unit. Mr. Parker left the Southern District to serve for five years as the Director of Criminal Justice for New York State and Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services under Governor George E. Pataki, where he oversaw all state criminal justice agencies, including the New York State Police, New York State Department of Correctional Services and New York State Parole. Mr. Parker is a member of the Board of the Police Athletic League, Harlem Day Charter School and Joyful Heart Foundation. He is a graduate of Rollins College and Duke University School of Law.
Benjamin E. Rosenberg serves as General Counsel. Since 1994, he served as a partner at the law firm now known as Dechert LLP, representing both entities and individuals in prosecutions, enforcement actions and investigations throughout the country. Mr. Rosenberg interrupted his private practice in 2007 - 2008, when he served as the Chief Trial Counsel to the New York State Attorney General, responsible for investigations and cases involving, among other things, student loans, not-for-profit entities, and New York's lis pendens statute. In that capacity, he oversaw the reinvestigation of the Martin Tankleff case.
Before joining Dechert, Mr. Rosenberg served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he was assigned to the Criminal Division. During four years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Rosenberg investigated and prosecuted cases of narcotics trafficking, violent gangs, and perjury, among others, while assigned to the Organized Crime Unit. He also previously served as an associate at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York for four years, where he worked on matters involving complex commercial litigation. Mr. Rosenberg began his legal career in 1981 as a law clerk for Judge Edward R. Becker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He is a 1985 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 1981 graduate of Harvard College.
Bonnie Sard serves as Administrative Assistant District Attorney and Director of Legal Hiring. As Administrative Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Sard assists in the management and oversight of the internal operations of the Office, including matters relating to fiscal, information technology, human resources, office support, and facilities operations and management. As Director of Legal Hiring, Ms. Sard has direct oversight of the Permanent and Summer Legal Hiring Boards. Ms. Sard makes recommendations to the District Attorney on the hiring, promotion and reallocating of legal staff, legal staff management issues, and diversity outreach efforts for legal and support staff.
Ms. Sard joined the office in 1994, and was assigned to the trial division where she prosecuted a wide variety of street-level crimes including homicides, robberies, burglaries and drug offenses, and where she was a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. In 2003, she was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau 60, serving in that position until her appointment in 2010 as the inaugural Chief of the Conviction Integrity Program. As Chief of the Conviction Integrity Program, Ms. Sard worked to ensure that the Manhattan DA’s Office continues to set the standard among prosecutors’ offices for fair and ethical prosecutions. She has also advised other District Attorney’s Offices on the creation and implementation of their own conviction integrity programs. She was recently honored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association with its annual Public Service Award. She is a 1994 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and a graduate of Dartmouth College.
David Szuchman serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division. David began his legal career at the Manhattan DAs Office in 1997 as an Assistant District Attorney in Trial Bureau 40. David later became a trial attorney in the criminal division of the U.S. Justice Department, assigned to the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and then worked as an Assistant Attorney General in the New York Attorney General's Office on complex fraud and anti-trust cases. In 2009 David was appointed as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. This department enforced laws and regulations designed to protect New Jersey's residents in the marketplace, including securities regulation and mortgage fraud enforcement. David was also responsible for internet safety initiatives on behalf of former New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram.
He rejoined the office in 2010 as Chief of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau. The Bureau is tasked with prosecuting all types of cybercrime, ranging from cyber stalking and child pornography cases to computer intrusions and malware. In addition, the Bureau handles over 200 identity theft cases per month. In April 2012 David was appointed Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division. In this position, he assisted Division Chief Adam Kaufmann in developing policies and investigative strategies, maintaining relationships with outside agencies, and helping to supervise investigations throughout the Division. David was appointed Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division on November 15, 2012. David graduated from the University of Vermont in 1994 with a bachelor's degree in political science, and received a law degree in 1997 from Hofstra University School of Law.
Frederick J. Watts serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Finance and Administration. He was appointed an Assistant District Attorney in 1983, and began his career in the Trial Division, handling all forms of violent crime. In 1990, he was promoted to Deputy Bureau Chief in the Trial Division, and in 1991 Mr. Watts was elevated to the executive position of Deputy Administrative Assistant District Attorney and Director of Legal Hiring. From 1996 to 2007, he served as the Administrative Assistant District Attorney, responsible for managing all administrative functions. In 2007, Mr. Watts was promoted to Executive Assistant District Attorney for Finance and Administration where, in addition to the above administrative responsibilities, he is responsible for securing all City, State, and Federal funding for the office. Mr. Watts is a 1979 graduate of Brown University with a degree in Economics, and a 1982 graduate of the Columbia University School of Law.