Karen Friedman Agnifilo
Karen Friedman Agnifilo serves as Chief Assistant District Attorney. As Chief Assistant, Ms. Friedman Agnifilo oversees an office of approximately 500 lawyers and 700 support staff. She 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. She is responsible for overseeing all policy-related matters, including the Office’s Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, which seeks to transform the criminal justice system by investing more than $800 million of criminal asset forfeiture funds in projects that improve public safety, prevent crime, and promote a fair and efficient justice system, as well as the Office’s Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Grant Program, which has resulted in the testing of more 55,000 backlogged rape kits in 20 states.
Ms. Friedman Agnifilo rejoined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in 2010 as Executive ADA and Chief of the Trial Division, leaving her position as General Counsel to the New York City Mayor’s Office’s Criminal Justice Coordinator.
In that capacity, she managed multi-agency criminal justice policy initiatives and projects, and helped shape New York City’s criminal justice legislative and policy agendas. Her areas of focus have included human trafficking – including serving as the chair of the New York City Anti Human Trafficking Task Force, implementing numerous human trafficking initiatives – as well as internet safety, sexual assault, DNA, domestic violence, mental health, technology projects, juvenile justice, identity theft, and fraud.
A veteran of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, Ms. Friedman Agnifilo previously served for 14 years as an Assistant District Attorney, including four years as Deputy Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. She also served in the Homicide Investigation Unit, the Family Violence and Child Abuse Bureau, and the Asian Gang Unit. Ms. Friedman Agnifilo is a 1988 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, and a 1992 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
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.
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.
John Irwin serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Trial Division. Mr. Irwin is a veteran prosecutor who oversees the most serious violent crime cases prosecuted by the Office.
Audrey Moore serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief Diversity Officer, tasked with strengthening the office’s policies relating to workforce diversity, working with Legal and Support Staff Training, and leading an expansion of the Office’s existing mentoring program.
Michael Sachs serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Investigation Division. In his current position, Mr. Sachs 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. In addition, he assists the District Attorney with major initiatives such as the Global Cyber Alliance and the efforts surrounding encryption.
Mr. Sachs joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2005 and has served in many different roles in the Office including as Bureau Chief of the Financial Frauds Bureau, Chief of Staff to the Investigation Division, as a member of the Cybercrime and Identity Theft Bureau, and a line assistant in Trial Bureau 80. Mr. Sachs has also served as a liaison and legal advisor to the Office’s High Technology Analysis Unit, and has presented multiple CLE courses on the proper acquisition and use of electronic evidence.
In 2011, Mr. Sachs was named Prosecutor of the Year by the New York Metro Chapter of the International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. Mr. Sachs also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC). He is a graduate of Colgate University and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University.
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.
Nitin Savur serves as Executive Assistant District Attorney for Strategic Initiatives. He is also the Deputy Chief of the Trial Division in Charge of Criminal Court, a position he has held since September 2010, where he oversees New York County Criminal Court and the approximately 60,000 misdemeanor and violation cases that pass through the Court each year.
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.
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.
Joan Vollero serves as Senior Advisor for External Affairs. Ms. Vollero joined the Office in 2010, and served as the Director of Communications, Deputy Director of Communications, and Senior Advisor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Policy. She serves as the lead organizer for Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, an independent coalition of approximately 50 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States working toward solutions to gun violence. She founded the Manhattan District Attorney’s Sustainability Committee and is a longstanding member of the Office’s Diversity Committee.
Ms. Vollero previously served as a spokesperson for former Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, and worked for four years at NY1 News, where she served as a Political Producer and won an Associated Press Award for her work on the daily, hour-long political program Inside City Hall. Joan is a graduate of Tufts University, and received her Master’s in 2005 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.