The policies, management, and direction of the office are determined by the District Attorney. The executive staff assists the District Attorney with this endeavor.
Daniel R. Alonso serves as Chief Assistant District Attorney. In that capacity, he oversees all aspects of the Office’s work and acts in the District Attorney’s place when he is absent. Before returning to the Office on January 1, 2010, Mr. Alonso was a litigation partner at the law firm of Kaye Scholer LLP and a member of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity. He previously served for nine years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, including as Deputy Chief of Special Prosecutions and later as Chief of the Criminal Division. Mr. Alonso began his career in the District Attorney's Office in 1990, serving for five years in the Frauds Bureau, the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and the Trial Division. He has also served as Senior Law Clerk to Judge Joseph W. Bellacosa of the New York Court of Appeals. Among his civic and professional activities, Mr. Alonso is a past Chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association, and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Group to the State-Federal Judicial Council and the Board of Editors of Business Crimes Bulletin. He is a 1987 graduate of Cornell University and a 1990 graduate of New York University School of Law.
Caitlin J. Halligan serves as General Counsel. Ms. Halligan previously headed the appellate practice at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal, and Manges LLP. She also teaches a constitutional law seminar as a member of the Columbia Law School adjunct faculty. For more than five years, Ms. Halligan served as Solicitor General of New York State, and has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals, and other federal and state appellate courts. Prior to her tenure as Solicitor General, she served as First Deputy Solicitor General and as the first Chief of the New York Attorney General's Internet Bureau, where she developed and coordinated statewide law enforcement and policy initiatives regarding online fraud and privacy. She began her career in private practice in Washington D.C., and served as a law clerk to Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Ms. Halligan is a graduate of Princeton University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Karen Friedman Agnifilo serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Trial Division. Ms. Friedman Agnifilo previously served as General Counsel to Mayor Bloomberg's Criminal Justice Coordinator, John Feinblatt, in whose office she has worked since 2006. 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.
David Szuchman is currently an Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
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.
Erin M. Duggan serves as Executive Director of Communications. In that capacity she supervises external communications for the Office. She previously served on Mr. Vance’s campaign staff as Director of Communications and Press Secretary. Ms. Duggan 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 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 is a graduate of Colby College and Syracuse University, where she also taught journalism.
Leroy Frazer, Jr., serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney for External Affairs. Mr. Frazer joined the Office in 1980 and was initially assigned to the Trial Division. In 1989, he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Special Prosecutions Bureau, and ultimately became Chief of that bureau in 1995. In January 2007 he was named Executive Assistant District Attorney for Governmental Affairs and Community Relations. In May 2009, Mr. Frazer was appointed to the position of First Assistant District Attorney, which he held until he assumed his current post on January 1, 2010. In his current position, Mr. Frazer also serves as Coordinator of the New York State Law Enforcement Council and Attorney-in-Charge of the District Attorney’s Northern Manhattan Office. Mr. Frazer is a 1977 graduate of Talladega College and a 1980 graduate of Temple University School of Law.
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.
Lillian "Lee" Llambelis serves as Special Assistant District Attorney for Community Affairs. Ms. Llambelis most recently served as Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs for New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Before her appointment, she served as Litigation Director for the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund where she engaged in litigation, advocacy and policy development on Civil Rights issues affecting Latinos nationwide, litigating federal and state court actions challenging anti-immigrant laws passed by states and localities. Ms. Llambelis served from 1992 to 2002 as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, where she was assigned to the Trial Division; the Special Prosecutions Bureau, where she investigated and prosecuted white-collar crimes, including embezzlement, fraud, bribery, and the financial exploitation of the elderly; and the Official Corruption Unit where she investigated and prosecuted police corruption. 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.
Jeannette Molina serves as Administrative Assistant District Attorney and Director of Legal Hiring. As Administrative Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Molina 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. Molina has direct oversight of the Permanent and Summer Legal Hiring Boards. Ms. Molina 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. Molina joined the office in 1993, and was initially assigned to Trial Bureau 60, where she handled hundreds of street crime cases, and specialized in handling sexual assault cases as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. In 2001, Ms. Molina joined the Frauds Bureau and was named Deputy Chief in 2004. In the Frauds Bureau, Ms. Molina served as lead prosecutor on major prosecutions, including an enterprise corruption case involving securities fraud; a tax fraud case arising out of a billion dollar real estate transaction with implications in Hong Kong, the Channel Islands and the British Virgin Islands, a multi-million dollar theft from Department of Education; and other cases involving large-scale employee embezzlement, and frauds involving securities and private investment vehicles. Ms. Molina served as an active member of the Legal Hiring Board since 1998 and currently serves as the Chairperson of the Office’s Diversity Committee, whose mission is to promote respect for diversity among the Office’s attorneys, staff and within the communities we serve. Ms. Molina is a graduate of Connecticut College and Hofstra University School of Law.
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.
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.