Senior Staff


Janet Sabel

First Deputy Attorney General of Affirmative Litigation

Janet Sabel serves as First Deputy Attorney General 0f Affirmative Litigation. Ms. Sabel joined the New York State Attorney General’s Office in January 2011 as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice. 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.


Martin J. Mack

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Offices

Martin J. Mack was appointed Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Offices in January 2011. Mr. Mack previously served for eight years as Deputy Attorney General to Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, and as Deputy Secretary for Appointments to Governor David Paterson. Mr. Mack also served as Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs to Governors Paterson and Spitzer. In addition, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Cortland County from 1980 to 1983, Cortland County Attorney from 1984 to 1987, and Mayor of the City of Cortland from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Mack was a partner in a private law practice for over 18 years, and holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from SUNY Cortland, and a J.D. from the University of South Carolina. He is married to Lee Scott-Mack, and they have two children, Sarah and Brennan.


Kelly Donovan

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice

Kelly_DonovanKelly Donovan has been the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice in the Office of the New York State Attorney General since November 2012. She is responsible for overseeing the Criminal Division’s five bureaus, including Public Integrity, Criminal Enforcement and Financial Crimes, Taxpayer Protection, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Organized Crime Task Force. She joined the New York State Attorney General’s Office in September 2011 as Chief of Criminal Investigations for the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, overseeing and coordinating all of the division’s prosecutorial efforts statewide. Ms. Donovan previously served as First Deputy Inspector General in the New York State Office of the Inspector General where, beginning in 2007, she was responsible for investigations into misconduct, fraud and waste involving State agencies, public authorities and its employees. Ms. Donovan was also chairperson of the working group of the New York State Stimulus Oversight Panel. Prior to working with the Inspector General, Ms. Donovan was Deputy Chief of the Labor Racketeering Unit of the New York County District Attorney’s Office and a member of the Sex Crimes and Domestic Violence Units in its Trial Division which she joined in 1993. Ms. Donovan is member of the New York City Bar Association Committee on White Collar Crime and on the New York State Justice Task Force. Ms. Donovan is a graduate of Boston College and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.

Karla G. Sanchez

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice

Karla G. Sanchez was appointed Executive Deputy Attorney General for Economic Justice in January 2011. Ms. Sanchez oversees the Economic Justice Division’s five affirmative litigation Bureaus, including Antitrust, Consumer Frauds and Protection, Internet, Investor Protection and Real Estate Finance. Immediately prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Sanchez was a litigation partner at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. She successfully litigated before courts and arbitration panels throughout the country representing both plaintiffs and defendants involving a broad range of products and disciplines, including residential mortgage-backed securities, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and consumer products. She was the first Hispanic partner at Patterson Belknap and has been recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business’s 40 Under Forty. Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Ms. Sanchez served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Deborah A. Batts, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received her J.D. from Fordham University School of Law cum laude and Order of the Coif, and an A.B. from Columbia College, Columbia University. Ms. Sanchez is a member of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee of the First Department, New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division as well as a member of the Executive Committee for the New York City Bar. She is the former Vice Chair of the Board for LatinoJustice: PRLDEF.


Alvin L. Bragg, Jr.

Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice

Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. serves as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice. He oversees the Social Justice Division’s six bureaus, including Charities, Civil Rights, Environmental Protection, Health Care, Labor, and Tobacco Compliance. Mr. Bragg 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 previously served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Public Integrity Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office, where he investigated and prosecuted cases involving official misconduct and fraud. 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.


Kent T. Stauffer

Executive Deputy Attorney General of State Counsel

Kent 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.


Barbara D. Underwood

Solicitor General

Barbara D. Underwood was appointed Solicitor General in January 2007. Prior to her appointment she served as Counsel and as Chief Assistant to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. From 1998 to 2001 she was the Acting Solicitor General and Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. 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. She has argued 20 cases in the United States Supreme Court, as well as many cases in the state and federal courts of appeals. She has served as Chair of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Council on Criminal Justice of the New York City Bar Association. She was Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Visiting Professor at New York University School of Law, and Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School. She was a law clerk to Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court. She received a B.A. from Harvard University (Radcliffe College) and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


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