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Post date: November 19 2015

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Appointment Of Chief Deputy Attorneys General

Chief Deputy Attorney General Jason Brown Formerly Served As Chief Of The Criminal Division For The U.S. Attorney’s Office For The Eastern District Of New York

Chief Deputy Attorney General Janet Sabel Promoted From Former Position As First Deputy Attorney General Of Affirmative Litigation

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the appointment of Chief Deputy Attorney General Jason Brown and Chief Deputy Attorney General Janet Sabel. Mr. Brown and Ms. Sabel will serve as the top deputies to Attorney General Schneiderman, with Mr. Brown responsible for criminal prosecutions and defensive counsel and Ms. Sabel responsible for affirmative civil litigation. Jason Brown joins the office having previously served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, an appointment made by now-U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Mr. Brown leaves his position as a partner at Ropes & Gray law firm. Janet Sabel was promoted from her former position as First Deputy Attorney General of Affirmative Litigation. Ms. Sabel has served in the New York Attorney General’s Office since January 2011, first as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice before being promoted to First Deputy Attorney General Of Affirmative Litigation and now as Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Brown’s appointment is effective January 4th, and Ms. Sabel’s appointment is effective immediately.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of two first-rate legal minds to serve as my office’s Chief Deputy Attorneys General,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Jason Brown’s unmatched experience prosecuting high profile criminal cases will be a tremendous addition to our team.  Both Chief Deputy Attorney General Brown and Chief Deputy Attorney General Sabel bring a wealth of experience to their new posts and are first-rate public servants. As part of my senior leadership team, both will be invaluable in helping to advance the mission of my office to ensure equal justice under the law.”

“It is an honor to join the incredibly talented team that Attorney General Schneiderman has assembled in his office,” said Chief Deputy Attorney General Jason Brown. “Having worked in the legal profession for over 25 years, including time both as a federal prosecutor and defending clients in the courtroom, I am eager to put my experience to work for the people of New York State.”  

“I would like to thank Attorney General Schneiderman for this appointment and for his continued confidence in my service to this office,” said Chief Deputy Attorney General Janet Sabel. “I look forward to working with the Attorney General and the rest of our leadership team to continue to serve the people of New York through high-quality legal work and an abiding commitment to public service.”

Mr. Brown was previously Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of New York, where he served nine years as a federal prosecutor.  He investigated and prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases, including securities fraud, government contract fraud, and public corruption.

Following his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Brown was a partner in the New York office of Holland & Knight LLP and then a partner at Ropes & Gray LLP. For over 25 years, Mr. Brown has practiced law in the areas of criminal law and complex civil litigation. Mr. Brown has worked on criminal cases as varied as securities fraud, government contract fraud, antitrust, tax, insurance, and environmental crimes. Mr. Brown’s civil litigation work includes complex commercial disputes, fraud, and civil RICO cases. Mr. Brown received his B.A. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ms. Sabel joined the New York State Attorney General’s Office in January 2011 as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice and was promoted in 2013 to First Deputy Attorney General of Affirmative Litigation. Under Ms. Sabel’s direction, the Attorney General’s office has conducted dozens of significant enforcement actions, including a landmark antitrust case which enjoined removal of an Alzheimer’s drug from the market to protect consumers’ rights to obtain generic drugs, the first enforcement of the New York State mental health parity laws, and resolution of a market-redlining investigation against a bank in Buffalo.  Previously, she was General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of The Legal Aid Society where she held a number of positions since 1985  and where she worked on federal and class action litigation on disability and health issues; managed the Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Office and the Society’s Health Law Unit; and was Attorney-in-Charge of Legal Aid’s citywide Immigration Law Unit. Ms. Sabel served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Frank M. Coffin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Ms. Sabel received her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root- Tilden Scholar.