Senior Staff


Brian K. Mahanna

Chief of Staff and Deputy Attorney General

Chief of Staff and Deputy Attorney General Brian K. MahannaBrian K. Mahanna is Chief of Staff and Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the New York State Attorney General. In this role, Mr. Mahanna manages the Office’s Executive Division, including its special counsels and departments of communications, data analytics, legislative, and intergovernmental affairs, and the Office’s interactions and collaborations with other state attorneys general. Mr. Mahanna also advises on all of the Office’s major regulatory matters and civil and criminal investigations, and serves as one of the Attorney General’s principal advisors. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Mr. Mahanna practiced law at the firm of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. He previously served in the Office of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg as Senior Advisor to the Mayor and Chief of Staff and Counsel to the Deputy Mayor for Operations. Mr. Mahanna is a graduate of New York University’s College of Arts & Science and Yale Law School.

Alvin Bragg

Chief Deputy Attorney General

Chief Deputy Attorney General Alvin BraggAlvin L. Bragg, Jr. serves as Chief Deputy Attorney General. Mr. Bragg previously served as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, and was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in New York’s Southern District, where he investigated and prosecuted misconduct by elected officials and law enforcement, money laundering of narcotics proceeds, bank fraud, witness tampering, and fraud relating to government contracts. Mr. Bragg also served as the Chief of Litigation and Investigations at the New York City Council and was in private practice at the firm now known as Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello P.C. Immediately after law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert P. Patterson, Jr., U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York. Mr. Bragg received his A.B. from Harvard University, cum laude, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Janet Sabel

Chief Deputy Attorney General

Chief Deputy Attorney General Janet SabelJanet Sabel serves as Chief Deputy Attorney General. Ms. Sabel joined the New York State Attorney General’s Office in January 2011 as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice, and then became First Deputy Attorney General of Affirmative Litigation. Previously, she was General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of The Legal Aid Society where she held a number of positions since 1985. At Legal Aid, Ms. Sabel worked as a staff attorney in the Civil Division’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Office; staff attorney in the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit, where she worked on federal and class action litigation on disability and health issues; managing attorney of the Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Office and the Society’s Health Law Unit; and 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.

Gary Brown

Acting Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Offices

Gary S. Brown is the Acting Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs for Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood. He also serves as the AG’s Statewide Elder Abuse Coordinator and as the Assistant Attorney General-in-Charge of the AG’s Westchester Regional Office. Previously, Mr. Brown served as Director of Communications & Policy Research at the NYS Consumer Protection Board; Director of the Westchester County Department of Consumer Protection; Executive Director of the Fund for Modern Courts; and as an attorney in private practice. Mr. Brown is the Chair of the Westchester Elder Abuse Coalition, serves on the county's Multidisciplinary Team on Elder Abuse, and is a member of the Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board of the National Adult Protective Services Association. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and Brooklyn Law School.

Matthew Colangelo

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Matthew ColangeloMatthew Colangelo serves as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice. Matthew most recently served as a Distinguished Lecturer at the Georgetown University Law Center. He previously served in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director for the National Economic Council, and as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of Labor. Before that, Matthew was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where he oversaw the enforcement of civil rights laws addressing voting and non-discrimination in federally funded programs. Matthew appeared in court as counsel for the United States on key litigation matters, including at trial in matters involving Texas and South Carolina voter identification laws. Matthew earlier served as Director for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Economic Justice Group, where he oversaw litigation in employment, housing, fair lending, and environmental justice matters. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Matthew was a Second Circuit law clerk for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor.

Margaret Garnett

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice

Margaret Garnett serves as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice. Previously, Ms. Garnett was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division in New York’s Southern District, where she served as Chief of Appeals and Chief of Violent and Organized Crime Unit, among other roles. She tried fifteen criminal cases to verdict, including the then largest tax fraud case in US history. In 2011, Ms. Garnett received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney, the second-highest award in the Department of Justice. In 2016, Ms. Garnett received the 2016 Stimson Medal, given annually by the Association for the Bar of the City of New York to one exceptional Assistant United States Attorney from each division of the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Ms. Garnett was previously an Associate at Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Ms. Garnett is an adjunct professor at Columbia University Law and Brooklyn Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Gerard E. Lynch in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her B.A. at the University of Notre Dame, her M.A. from Yale University, and her J.D. from Columbia University.

Manisha M. Sheth

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice Manisha M ShethManisha M. Sheth serves as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice. She leads six litigation bureaus, including Investor Protection, Antitrust, Tax Payer Protection, Internet and Technology, Consumer Frauds, and Real Estate Finance. Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, Ms. Sheth was a partner at the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP where she focused on a wide range of complex commercial litigation, including securities litigation, structured finance and derivatives litigation, healthcare litigation, and government investigations and white collar. Previously, she served for five years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and was based in the Philadelphia office. In that position, she secured indictments in more than 35 cases and brought eleven cases to trial. She prosecuted a wide range of misconduct, including health care fraud, financial institution fraud, money laundering, tax fraud, and regulatory crimes. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center, Ms. Sheth was a law clerk for the Hon. William H. Pauley III in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Sheth was named to Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40” list in 2013, and to The National Law Journal’s “Minority 40 Under 40” list in 2011.

Kent T. Stauffer

Executive Deputy Attorney General of State Counsel

Executive Deputy Attorney General of State Counsel Kent T. StaufferKent T. Stauffer was appointed Executive Deputy Attorney General for State Counsel in January 2011. Mr. Stauffer was previously an Executive Vice President at Chartis, Inc., following service as Senior Vice President and the Director of Litigation for JPMorgan Chase and its predecessor, Chase Manhattan. Prior to that, he was engaged in trial practice as a partner in the New York City firm of Gordon Hurwitz Butowsky Weitzen Shalov & Wein, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he served as Chief of the Tax and Environmental Units and a member of the Civil Rights Unit, and an associate at the firm of Breed, Abbott & Morgan. Mr. Stauffer previously served as initial co-chair of the In-house/Outside Counsel Litigation Group of the New York City Bar Association, and served as a Director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for 19 years, including two years as Chair. Mr. Stauffer received a B.A. in economics from Amherst College, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.