New "Sheriff" on Wall Street fills top six jobs

* Prosecutors and law firm partners fill posts

* Schneiderman becomes NY Attorney General on Jan. 1

By Grant McCool

NEW YORK, Dec 22 (BestGrowthStock) – New York Attorney
General-elect Eric Schneiderman named six lawyers to join his
legal staff, including a top trial lawyer as his chief deputy,
when he becomes the new “Sheriff of Wall Street” on Jan. 1.

Schneiderman takes over from fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo.
He will inherit cases including Tuesday’s civil fraud lawsuit
against accounting firm Ernst & Young [ERNY.UL] over
allegations that it helped to hide Lehman Brothers Holdings
Inc’s (LEHMQ.PK: ) financial problems before the investment bank
collapsed. [ID:nN21125040]

The appointments include Harlan Levy, a partner and trial
lawyer at high-profile law firm Boies Schiller & Flexner, to
become first deputy attorney general. Levy earlier served as a
homicide prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s
Office.

Barbara Underwood was named New York state solicitor
general. She is a former federal prosecutor and deputy
solicitor general of the United States.

Terryl Brown will serve as counsel to the attorney general
after serving as executive vice president and general counsel
of the New York Power Authority. Karla Sanchez, a partner at
law firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler, was appointed
executive deputy attorney general for economic justice.

Other appointments include Nancy Hoppock, a former federal
prosecutor in New Jersey, as executive deputy attorney general
for criminal justice, and Janet Sabel, the general counsel of
the Legal Aid Society, who was named executive deputy attorney
general for social justice.

Schneiderman, a lawyer in private practice before he was
elected a state senator in 1998, defeated Republican Dan
Donovan in the November election.

Schneiderman, who turns 56 on Dec. 31, said during the
campaign that the “Sheriff of Wall Street” tag is as important
as ever, given the fragility of the economic recovery in the
state and across the country.

“I think the New York attorney general will always be the
Sheriff of Wall Street,” he said in an interview with Reuters
in September. “I think it’s something that is now a part of the
job description.” [ID:nN10254137]

Cuomo will succeed David Paterson as governor. He is
following in the footsteps of his father, Mario Cuomo, who was
governor of New York from 1983 to 1994.
(Reporting by Grant McCool, editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

New "Sheriff" on Wall Street fills top six jobs