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.
Erin Duggan Kramer serves as Senior Advisor for Public Affairs and External Relations. Ms. Duggan Kramer joined the Office in 2010 as the Director of Communications, and has served as Deputy Chief of Staff. 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.
Audrey Moore serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief Diversity Officer, tasked with strengthening the DA’s Office’s policies relating to workforce diversity, working with Legal and Support Staff Training, and leading an expansion of the Office’s existing mentoring program.
Ms. Moore also serves as Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, where she oversees the management of the Child Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Elder Abuse Unit, Sex Crimes Unit, Human Trafficking Program, and Witness Aid Services Unit. She also oversees the District Attorney’s Northern Manhattan Office.
Ms. Moore joined the office in 1989, and was initially assigned to Trial Bureau 60 where she was also a member of the Domestic Violence Unit and prosecuted felony domestic violence cases and other violent felonies. Ms. Moore served as Criminal Court Supervisor of Trial Bureau 60 from 1996-1998. In 1999, she transferred to the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau and, in 2000, she was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief of the FVCAB. In that capacity, she investigated and prosecuted child sexual assault cases, investigated child fatalities and supervised assistants in the handling of domestic violence cases. Ms. Moore also served as the office’s domestic violence liaison for the office’s Northern Manhattan Office. In 2009, Ms. Moore was appointed co-Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau before her appointment as Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and additionally served as Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit. Ms. Moore is also a member of the Conviction Integrity Committee.
Ms. Moore has served on the Legal Hiring Board since 1994, and now serves on the Board’s Executive Panel. From 2000-2002, she served as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Summer Intern Program. She is a founding member of Legal Hiring Board’s Diversity Outreach Committee and was co-Chair of the Mentoring Committee.
In September 2006, Ms. Moore was presented with the New York County Lawyers’ Association Public Service Award. In November 2007, she was presented with the New York City Bar Association’s Thomas E. Dewey Medal, an award given annually to an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the City’s District Attorney’s Office.
Chauncey Parker serves as an Executive Assistant District Attorney and Special Policy Advisor. Mr. Parker was instrumental in creating the Office’s Crime Strategies Unit and Community Partnerships Unit. Mr. Parker is also the Director of the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program, a federally-funded program that invests in federal, state and local law enforcement partnerships designed to build safe and healthy communities. A veteran of more than 29 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 Joyful Heart Foundation. He is a graduate of Rollins College and Duke Law School.
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.
Nitin Savur is the Executive Assistant District Attorney for Strategic Initiatives. He is also the Deputy Chief of the Trial Division in Charge of Criminal Court, a position he has held since September 2010, where he oversees New York County Criminal Court and the approximately 80,000 misdemeanor and violation cases that pass through the Court each year.
Mr. Savur joined the office in 1999, and was initially assigned to Trial Bureau 80. He served as the Criminal Court Supervisor of Trial Bureau 80 from September 2007 to March 2009. In 2009, Mr. Savur was appointed Deputy Chief of the former Identity Theft Unit, and in 2010, was appointed Deputy Chief of the newly formed Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau. He has also assisted in the supervision of felony Assistants in the prosecution of identity theft-related cases, and served as a liaison to the NYPD Grand Larceny Task Force.
Mr. Savur has also been an active member of the Legal Hiring Board since 2003. He has served as a Summer Intern Supervisor since 2007, and is a founding member of the Legal Hiring Board’s Diversity Outreach Committee. In October 2014, Mr. Savur was appointed the EEO Officer and has the overall responsibility for the development and monitoring of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
In December 2013, he received the New York City Bar Association's Thomas E. Dewey Medal, an award presented annually to one outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the City's District Attorney's Offices. In May 2010, Mr. Savur graduated from Leadership New York, a one-year civic leadership development program for mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds, sectors and perspectives. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and City University of New York School of Law.
Michael Sachs serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division. Michael joined the Office in 2005 and was assigned to Trial Bureau 80. While in TB 80, he was also assigned to the former Identity Theft Unit as a Major Case Assistant. In 2011, Michael joined the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau where he investigated and prosecuted major identity theft rings, including those engaged in cyber bank fraud and the manufacture and use of forged credit cards. In recognition of his work on the prosecution of a 29-defendant identity theft ring, Michael was named the 2011 Prosecutor of the Year by the New York Metro Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators.
In 2012, Michael was appointed Chief of Staff to the Investigation Division. In that capacity, he helped develop policies and investigative strategies for the Division, assisted in its administration, developed relationships with outside law enforcement agencies, and participated in the drafting of the Report of the NYS White Collar Crime Task Force.
In 2014, Michael was appointed Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, which later became the Financial Frauds Bureau. Under Michael’s leadership, the Bureau broadened its work to include cases involving high-profile prosecutions of attorneys who stole millions of dollars from their clients, employees who embezzled from their companies, individuals who financially exploited the elderly, and individuals engaged in real estate fraud.
Michael has also served as liaison and legal advisor to the Office's High Technology Analysis Unit, and has presented multiple CLE courses on the proper acquisition and use of electronic evidence.
Michael is a member of the Office’s Permanent Hiring Board. He received his law degree from Catholic University in 2005, and is a 1999 graduate of Colgate University.