Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the appointments of Jeffrey Schlanger as the Office’s Chief of Staff; Benjamin E. Rosenberg as General Counsel; and Erin Duggan Kramer as Deputy Chief of Staff.
“Jeffrey Schlanger and Benjamin Rosenberg join my Executive Staff with extraordinary leadership experience on criminal justice issues, and will be valuable additions to my Office,” said District Attorney Vance. “The Chief Assistant District Attorney, the General Counsel, and the Chief of Staff will collectively and collaboratively use their diverse skill sets to guide the lawyers in my office in most effectively addressing the myriad tasks and issues that we address on a daily basis. Additionally, Erin Duggan Kramer has served with distinction since I became District Attorney as Director of Communications. Her new position is in recognition of the broad role Erin has played, which has touched nearly every aspect of my job.”
Mr. Schlanger will become Chief of Staff, a newly created position, on February 3, 2014. 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).
Benjamin E. Rosenberg
Mr. Rosenberg will become the Office’s General Counsel on February 17, 2014. Since 1994, he has 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.
Mr. Rosenberg will succeed Caitlin J. Halligan, who served as General Counsel with distinction for four years and is re-entering the private sector.
Erin Duggan Kramer
Finally, Ms. Duggan Kramer, who has served as the Office’s Director of Communications since 2010, has been named Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications, effective February 3, 2014. She previously served on District Attorney Vance’s campaign staff as Director of Communications and Press Secretary. Prior to that, Ms. Duggan Kramer served as Deputy Press Secretary for Governor David Paterson, and previously was a spokesperson for Governor Eliot Spitzer. She also worked on the Crisis Management team of global public relations firm Weber Shandwick. 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.