Thomas Giovanni is the Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Government Policy for the New York City Law Department, and the Chief of Staff. He also is the executive responsible for the Law Department’s Family Court Practice. His work focuses on seeking policy-based solutions to large-scale issues that re-occur in agencies, costing them money, time and public support. Thomas began his career in social justice as a public defender at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, as a staff attorney, then a supervising attorney. After nearly 10 years, Thomas went to the Brennan Center for Justice, where he served as Counsel to the Justice Program and the Director of the Community-Oriented Defender Network. After that he was the Supervising Attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York’s Anti-Gun Violence Initiative. He has experience in criminal law, justice policy, criminal procedure and trial practice, public defense, and pretrial proceedings.
As a public defender, Thomas learned to approach his clients from a holistic perspective; addressing both the immediate and the long-term needs they have to face. Now, his clients are city agencies.