Margaret Garnett is currently the Special Counsel to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Previously, Ms. Garnett served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York between 2005 and 2017, which included service as Chief of Appeals and Chief of the Violent Crimes/Violent & Organized Crime Unit. From 2018 to 2021, Ms. Garnett was Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation and before that, she served as Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice in the New York State Attorney General’s Office. From 2000 to 2004 Ms. Garnett was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz L.L.P. She clerked for Judge Gerard E. Lynch on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2004 to 2005. Ms. Garnett received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2000, her M.A. and M. Phil. from Yale University in 1995 and 1997, and her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1992.