About the Attorney General

Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood
New York State Attorney General
Barbara D. Underwood

Barbara D. Underwood has served as New York Attorney General since May 2018. Throughout her career, she has held some of the most vital roles in the legal profession.

After finishing first in her class at Georgetown University Law Center, Barbara served as law clerk to two of the nation’s most brilliant legal minds -- Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court.

She has held executive positions in the Queens and Brooklyn District Attorneys’ Offices, and served as a trial attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.

From 1998 to 2001, Barbara served as the Acting Solicitor General and Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States – the first female Solicitor General in American history. She has argued 20 cases in the United States Supreme Court.

After serving as Chief Assistant to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) from 1993 to 1998 and 2001 to 2003 and EDNY Counsel from 2003 to 2007, Barbara was appointed in 2007 to serve as New York’s Solicitor General and has held that position ever since.

She has also served as Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee and Council on Criminal Justice. She was a tenured Professor of Law at Yale Law School, a visiting Professor at New York University School of Law, and an adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School.

Throughout her career, Barbara has been a guardian of equal justice for all. Among many cases, she has fought against racially discriminatory jury selection, argued that federal law protects employees and students of federally-funded educational institutions from sex discrimination, and defended the constitutionality of reasonable buffer zones around women’s health clinics to protect a woman’s right to choose.

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