Executive Team

Nitin Savur

Nitin Savur serves as Chief Assistant District Attorney. As Chief Assistant, Mr. Savur oversees an office of approximately 500 lawyers and 700 support staff. He supervises roughly 42,000 cases per year, down from more than 100,000 cases in 2009, after ending the criminal prosecution of thousands of misdemeanors, violations, and infractions. Mr. Savur has also served as the Deputy Chief of the Trial Division in Charge of Criminal Court, a position he held from 2010 to 2020, where he oversaw New York County Criminal Court and the approximately 60,000 misdemeanor and violation cases that pass through the Court each year. He also served as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Strategic Initiatives.

Mr. Savur joined the office in 1999, and was initially assigned to Trial Bureau 80. He served as the Criminal Court Supervisor of Trial Bureau 80 from September 2007 to March 2009.In 2009, Mr. Savur was appointed Deputy Chief of the former Identity Theft Unit, and in 2010, was appointed Deputy Chief of the newly formed Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau. He has also assisted in the supervision of felony Assistants in the prosecution of identity theft-related cases, and served as a liaison to the NYPD Grand Larceny Task Force. Mr. Savur has also been an active member of the Legal Hiring Board since 2003. He has served as a Summer Intern Supervisor since 2007, and is a founding member of the Legal Hiring Board’s Diversity Outreach Committee. In October 2014, Mr. Savur was appointed the EEO Officer and has the overall responsibility for the development and monitoring of the Equal Employment Opportunity Program. In December 2013, he received the New York City Bar Association’s Thomas E. Dewey Medal, an award presented annually to one outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the City’s District Attorney’s Offices. In February 2018, he received the DANY Association Award for outstanding service to law enforcement. In May 2010, Mr. Savur graduated from Leadership New York, a one-year civic leadership development program for mid-career professionals from diverse backgrounds, sectors and perspectives. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and City University of New York School of Law.

Christopher Conroy

Christopher Conroy serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division. Mr. Conroy is a veteran prosecutor who has served the office in a variety of capacities prosecuting both street crime and white collar crime. As Chief of the Investigation Division he supervises the Counter Terrorism Program, the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, the Financial Frauds Bureau, the Major Economic Crimes Bureau, the Rackets Bureau, the Public Corruption Unit, and the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

Mr. Conroy joined the office in 1996. He began as a trial attorney in TB 80, and has since served as an assistant in the Frauds Bureau, as an assistant and Deputy Chief in the Homicide Investigation Unit, and as a supervisor in the Major Economic Crimes Bureau since 2011, including as Chief since 2015. In 2014, Mr. Conroy received the U.S Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Award for Exceptional Service for his work on the prosecution of BNP Paribas Bank. In 2019, he received the NYC Bar Association’s Thomas E. Dewey Award, presented each year to an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the City’s District Attorney’s Offices. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Carey Dunne

Carey Dunne serves as General Counsel. Mr. Dunne first joined the office as an Assistant District Attorney in Trial Bureau 70 in 1984. He later became a partner in the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he practiced for nearly 30 years, representing companies and executives in high-profile criminal investigations and commercial disputes. He also served for nine years on Davis Polk’s three-person Management Committee.

Mr. Dunne was elected President of the New York City Bar Association from 2012 to 2014, after being appointed to a variety of other positions, including Chair of the Association’s Judiciary Committee.In 2015, he was nominated by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nominations to be Chief Judge of the State of New York. In 2007, he was appointed by Chief Judge Judith Kaye as Chair of the Special Commission on the Future of the New York State Courts, after previously serving on the Chief Judge’s Commission on the Future of Indigent Defense Services, and as Chief Counsel to the New York State Commission on Drugs and the Courts, which was instrumental in the establishment of the nation’s first Drug Courts. He also served as a member of Chief Judge Janet DiFiore’s Judicial Task Force on the New York State Constitution. Mr. Dunne is a recipient of the Fund for Modern Courts’ McCloy Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Administration of Justice; the New York Law Journal’s Public Service Award; the Law and Society Award from New York Lawyers for the Public Interest; and the Federal Bar Council’s Whitney North Seymour Award for Outstanding Public Service. He is a graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard Law School.

Danny Frost

Danny Frost serves as Senior Advisor and Director of Communications. He is the chief spokesperson and strategic advisor for the Office and District Attorney. 

Mr. Frost joined the Office in 2014 as Deputy Press Secretary and has served as Deputy Communications Director and Strategic Communications Advisor. Before joining the Office, he served as counsel for the New York City Campaign Finance Board, as an associate at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, as Vice President of the Law School Democrats of America, and as an intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office (E.D.N.Y) and former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. During his time as a practicing attorney, Mr. Frost received the Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Publico Award and the Burton Foundation Award for Legal Writing. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Tulane University and a Public Interest Honors Graduate of Columbia Law School.

Hilary Hassler

Hilary Hassler serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Appeals Bureau. In addition, Ms. Hassler is a member of the Office’s Committee on Conviction Integrity.

Ms. Hassler began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office’s Appeals Bureau in 1979. She handled all manner of state court appeals, including felony convictions and civil proceedings in both state and federal court. In 1981, Ms. Hassler was assigned to the Trial Division, where she was responsible for felony street-crime prosecutions, including homicides.Ms. Hassler resigned from the Office in 1986 and was appointed Principal Law Clerk to Acting Supreme Court Justice Allen Alpert, in New York County. One year later, she was reappointed as an Assistant District Attorney and returned to the Appeals Bureau, where she served in various capacities, including Supervising Appellate Attorney, Deputy Chief, and ultimately in 2009 was appointed Chief of the Appeals Bureau.Ms. Hassler graduated from the State University of New York at Albany and Brooklyn Law School, where she was a published member and senior editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. She is currently a member of the executive committee of the Criminal Justice Section of the New York State Bar Association.

Joan Illuzzi-Orbon

Joan Illuzzi-Orbon serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Trial Division. Ms. Illuzzi-Orbon is a veteran prosecutor who oversees the most serious violent crime cases prosecuted by the Office. As a prosecutor at the Manhattan D.A.’s Office for more than 30 years, she has secured numerous notable trial convictions, including that of Harvey Weinstein, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting multiple women, and the man accused of killing Etan Patz, a six-year-old boy who disappeared in Greenwich Village in Manhattan in 1979.

Ms. Illuzzi-Orbon most recently served as Special Counsel to the District Attorney. Among other accomplishments in this role, she designed the Office’s protocol for responding to terrorist attacks, mass-casualty crimes, and attacks on critical infrastructure. She previously served as chief of the Manhattan D.A.’s Hate Crimes Unit upon its creation in 2010. Ms. Illuzzi-Orbon is a recipient of the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Public Service Award and the Center for Women in Law’s Power Player: Women Leading in Law. Ms. Illuzi-Orbon is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

José A. Fanjul

José A. Fanjul serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Prosecution Policies. In this newly created role, Mr. Fanjul develops protocols that assure consistency, fairness and accountability across all of our cases in the Investigation and Trial Divisions. Additionally, Mr. Fanjul leads the Office, internally and externally, in supervising a variety of criminal justice initiatives, including working with the Community Partnerships Unit.

Mr. Fanjul joined the office in 2008 and has served as an Assistant District Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Investigation Division, Chief of Staff to the Investigation Division, and Attorney in Charge of the Summer High School Internship Program. He is a longstanding member of the Diversity Committee and the Hiring Committee. Mr. Fanjul received his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law.


Audrey Moore

Audrey Moore serves as First Assistant District Attorney, tasked with setting policy on matters handled by all of the Office’s divisions in a manner consistent with the Office’s core values and tenets. Ms. Moore is also the Chief Diversity Officer, tasked with strengthening the office’s policies relating to workforce diversity and inclusion and working with Legal Hiring and Human Resources to implement enhanced diversity recruitment strategies. Additionally, Ms. Moore oversees the Manhattan District Attorney’s Harlem and Washington Heights Offices.

Ms. Moore previously served as Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, where she oversaw the management of the Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Sex Crimes, Human Trafficking Response, and Witness Aid Services Units. Ms. Moore joined the Office in 1989 and was assigned to Trial Bureau 60, where she was a member of the Domestic Violence Unit and prosecuted felony domestic violence cases and other violent felonies. In 1999, she transferred to the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau and, in 2000, she was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief. In that capacity, she investigated and prosecuted child sexual assault cases, investigated child fatalities, and supervised assistants in the handling of domestic violence cases. In 2009, Ms. Moore was appointed co-Chief of the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau before her appointment as Chief of the Special Victims Bureau, and additionally served as Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit. Ms. Moore has served on the Legal Hiring Board since 1994, and now serves on the Board’s Executive Panel. From 2000-2002, she served as the Attorney-in-Charge of the Summer Intern Program. In September 2006, Ms. Moore was presented with the New York County Lawyers’ Association Public Service Award. In November 2007 and December 2018, she was presented with the New York City Bar Association’s Thomas E. Dewey Medal, an award given annually to an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the City’s District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Moore received a B.A. from Hamilton College and a J.D. from the National Law Center at George Washington University

Bonnie Sard

Bonnie Sard serves as Administrative Assistant District Attorney and Director of Legal Hiring. As Administrative Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Sard assists in the management and oversight of the internal operations of the Office, including matters relating to fiscal, information technology, human resources, office support, and facilities operations and management.

As Director of Legal Hiring, Ms. Sard has direct oversight of the Permanent and Summer Legal Hiring Boards. Ms. Sard makes recommendations to the District Attorney on the hiring, promotion and reallocating of legal staff, legal staff management issues, and diversity outreach efforts for legal and support staff.Ms. Sard joined the office in 1994, and was assigned to the trial division where she prosecuted a wide variety of street-level crimes including homicides, robberies, burglaries and drug offenses, and where she was a member of the Sex Crimes Unit. In 2003, she was appointed Deputy Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau 60, serving in that position until her appointment in 2010 as the inaugural Chief of the Conviction Integrity Program. As Chief of the Conviction Integrity Program, Ms. Sard worked to ensure that the Manhattan DA’s Office continues to set the standard among prosecutors’ offices for fair and ethical prosecutions. She has also advised other District Attorney’s Offices on the creation and implementation of their own conviction integrity programs.

In 2013, she was honored by the New York County Lawyers’ Association with its annual Public Service Award. She is a 1994 graduate of Brooklyn Law School and a graduate of Dartmouth College.

James Sowell

James Sowell serves as the Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Mr. Sowell serves as the Office’s chief fiscal advisor and oversees the fiscal and procurement functions of the Office.

Before joining the office in 2019, Mr. Sowell oversaw the New York City Police Department’s $6 billion operating budget as well as its $1.7 billion capital budget at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Management and Budget. Previously, Mr. Sowell served as the Grants Coordinator in the D.A.’s Office’s Bureau of Planning and Management from 2010 to 2013. Mr. Sowell holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and a Masters of Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management & Policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.