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April 19, 2007

DiNapoli Selects Government Law and Policy
as General Counsel

Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced that he has selected government law and policy expert Luke Bierman as general counsel for the Office of the State Comptroller.

Bierman will lead a staff of 40 lawyers, and his responsibilities will include oversight of the Comptroller’s criminal investigations and ethics compliance units.

“Luke Bierman’s expansive knowledge of New York State’s laws and legal system and great expertise regarding the important public policy issues facing the state will play a key role in my efforts to monitor state finances and improve government operations,” DiNapoli said. “He will bring welcome insights to every area of Comptroller’s Office operations, and his advice and counsel will be invaluable as we work to meet our new, higher ethics standards.”

Bierman will replace Alan Lebowitz. “Alan Lebowitz, who has served as general counsel for the past four years, has graciously agreed to assist in our ongoing transition,” DiNapoli said. “Alan is an outstanding public servant who has served the Office of the State Comptroller with great dedication and the highest integrity.”

Bierman has been a Fellow in Government Law and Policy at the Government Law Center of Albany Law School, where he taught a course on federal courts and was involved in law and public policy projects in the state, including ethics reform in state agencies and public authorities, improving delivery of municipal services and expanding broadband accessibility.

Prior to his fellowship at Albany Law, Bierman was director of the Institute for Emerging Issues and an associate professor of political science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Former four-term North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., who founded the Institute and chairs its board, said, “North Carolina’s loss is New York’s gain. Dr. Bierman’s work in North Carolina proved that he is a thoughtful lawyer, innovative manager, skilled diplomat and trusted advisor. Comptroller DiNapoli will value Luke’s counsel.”

Bierman has many years of experience as both a practitioner and analyst of New York State laws and policies. He was a law clerk to two justices – one a presiding justice – of the State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, where he also served as chief attorney. He practiced law in Plattsburgh and earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the State University of New York at Albany, where his dissertation examined the work of the New York justice system.

Bierman also spent nearly a decade at the American Bar Association (ABA), where he was founding director of the ABA Justice Center and a special assistant to the ABA president. He worked as counsel to the Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee and has taught at Northwestern University School of Law and other colleges and universities.

Bierman graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the Marshall Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he was a member of the Law Review. Bierman is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Bierman’s salary will be $158,093.



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