Attorney General Andrew Cuomo Announces The Appointment Of Solicitor General

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo today announced the appointment of Barbara Underwood as the Solicitor General of the State of New York.

The appointment was made as a result of a comprehensive and rigorous talent search and screening process carried out by Attorney General Cuomo's Transition Committee. The Committee, comprised of pre-eminent legal, academic, and professional leaders from New York and across the country, commenced the national search in November and convened many times before making several recommendations.

"I am honored to welcome Barbara Underwood to the team,” said Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. “Ms. Underwood brings extraordinary talent to the New York Department of Law. Her expertise and passion for public service will ensure excellent service for all New Yorkers. "
"I have been proud to serve on Attorney General Cuomo's Transition Committee alongside some of the most talented legal minds, tasked with recruiting the best and the brightest to serve the people of New York," said Zachary W. Carter, Transition Committee Member and former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. "As Solicitor General, Barbara Underwood’s outstanding legal credentials and her singular record of providing wise counsel at the highest levels of government make her an ideal appointment to this important post.”

Barbara D. Underwood has been Counsel to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York since June 2003, and previously served for seven years as Chief Assistant United States Attorney. She served as the Acting Solicitor General of the United States from January to June 2001 and as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States from March 1998 to January 2001. Ms. Underwood has argued 16 cases in the United States Supreme Court and has extensive appellate experience in the federal and state courts of appeals. Prior to her federal service, Ms. Underwood served in executive positions in the Queens and Brooklyn District Attorneys' Offices, supervising appellate litigation and other matters, and as a trial attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. She has also had a distinguished academic career, as Professor of Law at Yale Law School, and teaching also at New York University School of Law and Brooklyn Law School. She was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and to Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Ms. Underwood earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she graduated first in her class and served as Note Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.