Attorney General Schneiderman Announces Appointment

Schneiderman's Office is expanding its presence by appointing New Chief Deputy Attorney and Executive Deputy Attorney.  

Below is a press release from the offices of Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman: 

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL ALVIN BRAGG AND EXECUTIVE DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL MARGARET GARNETT

Jason Brown Will Return To The Private Bar At The End Of The Year, After Two Years Of Distinguished Service

Alvin Bragg Currently Serves As Executive Deputy AG For Social Justice And Chief Of Special Investigations And Prosecutions Unit 

Margaret Garnett Comes To AG's Office From U.S. Attorney's Office For The Southern District Where She Serves Chief Of Criminal Appeals 

NEW YORK—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the appointment of Chief Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Margaret Garnett. Mr. Bragg has served in the Attorney General’s office since 2013, where he has served as the Executive Deputy Attorney General of the Social Justice division, overseeing the Charities, Civil Rights, Environmental Protection, Health Care, and Labor bureaus. In 2015, Mr. Bragg was chosen to lead the office’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit, charged with investigating and, if warranted, prosecuting cases where unarmed civilians die during interactions with law enforcement. Mr. Bragg will continue to serve as the head of the Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit. As Chief Deputy, Mr. Bragg will oversee the Social Justice and Criminal divisions of the office. His counterpart, Chief Deputy Attorney General Janet Sabel, will oversee the Economic Justice and State Counsel divisions.  

Current Chief Deputy Attorney General Jason Brown recently decided to return to the private bar at the end of the year after two years of distinguished service. Mr. Brown currently oversees all of the office’s criminal prosecutions and investigations--including financial crime and public corruption—as well as the agency’s state counsel division. During his tenure, Mr. Brown has led several of the office’s highest stakes investigations and cases.

Ms. Garnett currently serves as Chief of Appeals for the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, where she has prosecuted a wide variety of federal criminal cases, including murder, robbery, extortion, narcotics, racketeering, fraud, and internet sex crimes. 

“For nearly two years, Jason Brown’s wise counsel and steady leadership has helped our office navigate some of the most difficult and complex matters we’ve ever undertaken. He has been a driving force behind some of the office’s most important work and has been an invaluable resource for everyone here in the office. I thank him for his exceptional work and I wish him the best of luck,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “I am thrilled to announce the appointments of Alvin Bragg and Margaret Garnett—both of whom possess a wealth of legal knowledge and experience. Alvin is a dynamic attorney and exceptional leader and I am grateful he has agreed to assume a new and expanded role on our office’s leadership team. Margaret Garnett has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and unyielding prosecutor, and her years of experience handling complex federal prosecutions will be a critical addition to our criminal division.” 

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on Attorney General Schneiderman's team in this new role.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Attorney General and the leadership team that he has assembled, in service to the people of the State of New York," said Alvin Bragg

"I am excited to bring my varied experience as a prosecutor to the Attorney General's criminal division, which has been on the frontline cracking down on public corruption, organized crime and financial fraud. I'm grateful to the Attorney General for giving me the opportunity to work alongside the many talented attorneys in his office and to serve on behalf of the people of New York," said Margaret Garnett

"It has been a privilege to work with so many talented public servants throughout the entire agency, and for an Attorney General who is wholly committed to the principle of equal justice for all. I know that Attorney General Schneiderman and his entire team will continue to doggedly fight on behalf of New Yorkers with as much dedication and success as I have witnessed during my tenure," said Jason Brown

Mr. Bragg was previously an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in New York’s Southern District, where he investigated and prosecuted misconduct by elected officials and law enforcement, money laundering of narcotics proceeds, bank fraud, witness tampering, and fraud relating to government contracts. Mr. Bragg previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Public Integrity Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he investigated and prosecuted cases involving official misconduct and fraud. Mr. Bragg also served as the Chief of Litigation and Investigations at the New York City Council and was in private practice at the firm now known as Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Immediately after law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York. Mr. Bragg received his A.B. from Harvard University, cum laude, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ms. Garnett is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division in New York’s Southern District, which she has served as Chief of Appeals and Chief of Violent and Organized Crime Unit, among other roles. She has tried fifteen criminal cases to verdict, including the then largest tax fraud case in US history. In 2011, Ms. Garnett received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, the second-highest award in the Department of Justice. In 2016, Ms. Garnett received the 2016 Stimson Medal, given annually by the Association for the Bar of the City of New York to one exceptional Assistant United States Attorney from each division of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. Garnett was previously an Associate at Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ms. Garnett is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Law and Brooklyn Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame, her M.A. from Yale University, and her J.D. from Columbia University. 


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