Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo Appoints Mitra Hormozi As Special Deputy Chief Of Staff

NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 20, 2008) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the appointment of Mitra Hormozi as Special Deputy Chief of Staff.  Hormozi comes to the Attorney General’s office after serving for over six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York and Chief of its Organized Crime and Racketeering Section.

Hormozi’s prominent prosecutorial career has been marked by a successful focus on organized crime in New York City.  As Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Hormozi led investigations into murder, narcotics trafficking, and extortion.  Hormozi successfully convicted at trial a variety of cases, including the 2006 “Mafia Cops” case, involving two retired police detectives who acted as hit men for the mob.

Attorney General Cuomo said, “Mitra is a fantastic new addition to our top staff as we continue to attract the best and brightest lawyers from across New York.  We have assembled a real all star team and will continue to fill our ranks with top-notch legal talent.  Throughout her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mitra earned a reputation for taking on some of the most dangerous elements of organized crime.  Her unflinching dedication to the law and justice coupled with her tenacity as a prosecutor make her a very strong addition to our office.”

Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Hormozi was an associate with Kronish, Lieb, Weiner & Helman LLP and prior to that was the Vice President of Investigations for Strang Hayes Consulting, Inc. Hormozi has also served in the U.S. Department of Treasury and was an Honors Attorney with the United States Department of Commerce.  Hormozi received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor from New York University Law School.

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