Karen Friedman Agnifilo
Chief Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney's Office
Karen Friedman Agnifilo serves as Chief Assistant District Attorney of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. As Chief Assistant DA, Ms. Friedman Agnifilo oversees an office of approximately 500 lawyers, 700 support staff and roughly 80,000 cases per year. In addition to overseeing the work of the office, she is also 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 criminal asset forfeiture funds in projects that improve public safety, prevent crime, and promote a fair and efficient justice system. Ms. Fried- man 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 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; internet safety; sexual assault; DNA; domestic violence; mental health; technology projects; juvenile justice; identity theft; and fraud. Ms. Friedman Agnifilo previously served for 14 years as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, 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 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and a 1992 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.