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Post date: April 20 1999

Spitzer Names New Chief Of Labor Bureau

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the appointment of M. Patricia Smith as head of the Labor Bureau. Smith is a highly regarded Assistant Attorney General with more than a decade of experience in the Labor Bureau.

"Tricia’s impressive background and her reservoir of knowledge of the issues and challenges facing the Labor Bureau make her the ideal choice to enforce our labor laws on behalf of the working men and women of New York," said Spitzer.

Smith most recently served as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Labor Bureau from 1993 to the present. Prior to that, she was a Section Chief in the Labor Bureau from 1987 to 1993.

As Deputy Bureau Chief, Smith was responsible for conducting and supervising all phases of litigation in state and federal courts including all state and federal trial and appellate courts, the New York State Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Before coming to the Attorney General’s office, Smith was a staff attorney and later Assistant Litigation Director at the Legal Services Organization of Indiana from 1979 to 1987.

Smith graduated from Trinity College in Washington, D.C. and from New York University Law School.

The Labor Bureau, with 32 attorneys and support staff, enforces New York’s Labor Law, Workers Compensation Law and Unemployment Insurance Law.