Litigation Division

The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office is currently seeking experienced, practicing attorneys for its Litigation Division, in the following bureaus:

County Court Trial Bureau - responsible for the prosecution of a broad range of felony-level criminal cases

Special Victims Bureau - responsible for handling felony-level sex-crimes, and domestic violence and child physical/sexual abuse cases

Vehicular Crimes Bureau - responsible for handling felony-level vehicular homicide/assault and driving while intoxicated/drug impaired cases. 

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office as a lateral applicant! A lateral applicant is an experienced attorney who is currently practicing law.

Nassau County was named the “Safest Community in America” by U.S. News & World Report for the second consecutive year. This distinction is not a coincidence – it is the direct result of the superb work of the talented, well-trained prosecutors at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

With more than 200 lawyers and a total staff of nearly 430, the Nassau DA’s Office is one of the largest DA’s Offices in the country.  Because of our proximity to New York City, we enjoy a unique blend of suburban idyll (miles of oceanfront beaches, hundreds of parks and award-winning schools) and easy access to NYC’s robust cultural, nightlife and restaurant scenes.

Members of our legal staff are provided with training, mentorship and ongoing opportunities for professional development. In our collegial and collaborative environment, Assistant District Attorneys cultivate a professional home within the world of criminal justice and enjoy a rewarding and exciting position as a prosecutor.  Our diverse staff of Assistant District Attorneys is recruited and selected from a competitive pool of applicants nationwide. Our prosecutors bring with them passion and talent for courtroom advocacy and litigation, a commitment to pursuing justice and the ability to provide support to crime victims in need. Our Assistants choose to work in Nassau County because of its safety and vibrancy, and their personal dedication to preserving that environment for all its residents. 

Qualifications and Requirements

All lateral candidates for the Litigation Division must:

  • have passed the NYS Bar Examination and be admitted to the practice of law in NYS, in good standing, prior to submitting an application.
  • Reside in New York State as of the effective date of employment with the NCDAO.
  • Have at least five (5) years of experience in handling all aspects of criminal investigation and prosecution, including significant grand jury and felony jury trial experience. 
  • have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • have strong organizational and analytical abilities.
  • make a two-year commitment to employment at the NCDAO.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

Day to day life for an ADA in the Litigation Division requires organized management of an active criminal caseload, which includes: 

  • preparing and filing pleadings, handling discovery, briefing and arguing motions;
  • conducting witness preparation, grand jury presentations, hearings and trials;
  • evaluating cases to formulate and negotiate appropriate dispositions;
  • conferencing cases with defense counsel and judges;
  • making court appearances pertaining to all phases of litigation;
  • collaborating with the NCPD and Nassau County’s local police departments, as well as a variety of local, state and federal law enforcement partners; and

Job Benefits

As an ADA, you will receive the following benefits (waiting periods may apply):

  • 13 paid holidays each year
  • Generous paid vacation, personal and sick days each year
  • Contributory medical, dental and vision plans for you and your dependents
  • New York State Employees Retirement Plan
  • Optional Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Flexible benefits plan for medical and child-care expenses
  • Childcare leave
  • Nassau Financial Federal Credit Union optional financial services
  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience ($93,000 to $163,000)

Application Process

Lateral applicants will complete 2 rounds of interviews:

  1. Panel Interview with two supervisory Assistant District Attorneys from the Hiring Committee
  2. Interview with the Chief Assistant District Attorney and the District Attorney, Anne T. Donnelly. 
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The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.