Interview with Henry M. Greenberg & Alexander C. Drylewski

Henry M. Greenberg interviewed by Alexander C. Drylewski

Henry M. “Hank” Greenberg is  past President of the New York State Bar Association, the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. A former Counsel to the New York State Attorney General, General Counsel to a major New York State agency and federal prosecutor, Hank has handled numerous high-profile matters. He concentrates his practice on civil litigation, criminal and civil investigations, and regulatory and administrative law.

From 2007 to 2010, Hank served as Counsel to then New York State Attorney General (now Governor), Andrew M. Cuomo. In that capacity, he worked on some of the agency’s most significant litigation and public policy initiatives. He also served as General Counsel for the New York State Department of Health (1995 to 2000), where he was the chief legal advisor to the Commissioner of Health and administered an office of more than 100 attorneys engaged in virtually all aspects of administrative law.

Amongst the other government posts he has held, Hank served as Counsel to the Lieutenant Governor of New York State (1995), an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of New York (1990 to 1995), and law clerk to then Associate Judge (later Chief Judge) Judith S. Kaye of the New York Court of Appeals (1988-1990). As an AUSA, he prosecuted numerous federal criminal cases, including white collar crime and public corruption.

In 2014, on the recommendation of Governor Cuomo, the State Commissioner of Education appointed Hank to serve as Fiscal Monitor for the troubled East Ramapo School District in Rockland County. Two years earlier, the Commissioner appointed Hank special investigator to conduct a complete review of the Education Department’s processes for receiving, reviewing and investigating reports of alleged improprieties involving student assessments. In both investigations, Hank delivered reports with recommendations to the State’s Board of Regents that resulted in regulatory reforms.

Hank holds leadership positions on a number of professional committees and other bodies. In June 2020, he was appointed by the Hon. Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, to serve as chair of the Commission on the Future of New York’s Courts. He is counsel to the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination, which nominates New York’s Court of Appeals Judges and chairs the Third Department Judicial Screening Committee. He also is a member of the State Judicial Screening Committee, the New York State Judicial Institute on Professionalism in the Law, and the Advisory Group of the New York State and Federal Judicial Council. He is vice chair of Statewide Programming for The Historical Society of the New York Courts, a Life Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Hank is a frequent lecturer and has been published numerous times on a wide range of legal subjects, including constitutional law, administrative law, criminal procedure, trial and appellate practice, health law, legal history and judicial philosophy.

Alexander C. Drylewski is a Partner in Complex Litigation and Trials at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. He previously served as a Law Clerk to Hon. Edward R. Korman at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Drylewski earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and his B.A. from Colgate University.

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