Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown (NYLJ/Rick Kopstein)

Linda Cantoni is set to take over as counsel to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, succeeding Lois Raff, who retired this month after holding the job for 25 years.

Raff is well known among New York’s prosecutors, having spent the last 18 years as chair of the Legislative Committee of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York.

In a release, Brown said he accepted Raff’s resignation for retirement with “deep regret.”

“But this is also a moment of gratitude for her many years of able and devoted service to me and her tireless commitment to the people of Queens County and New York State,” he said.

The same year that Raff began working as counsel to Brown—who was appointed as Queens DA in 1991 and is the city’s longest serving district attorney—Cantoni began working for Brown’s office, starting out as deputy chief of the office’s Appeals Bureau.

In 2000, Cantoni was promoted to counsel of the office’s Investigations Division, which is generally charged with long-term investigations of criminal enterprises, as well as working with state and federal partners to prosecute criminal activity at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

Cantoni became deputy executive ADA of the investigations division in 2003 and held that role until being promoted to counsel for Brown.

A 1984 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law, Cantoni began her legal career as a litigation associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, then went on to work as an associate with the late Robert Kasanof, where she specialized in white-collar criminal defense.

From 1989 to 1993, she was a senior appellate attorney for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

She is set to begin in her new post Monday.

Linda Cantoni is set to take over as counsel to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, succeeding Lois Raff, who retired this month after holding the job for 25 years.

Raff is well known among New York ‘s prosecutors, having spent the last 18 years as chair of the Legislative Committee of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York .

In a release, Brown said he accepted Raff’s resignation for retirement with “deep regret.”

“But this is also a moment of gratitude for her many years of able and devoted service to me and her tireless commitment to the people of Queens County and New York State,” he said.

The same year that Raff began working as counsel to Brown—who was appointed as Queens DA in 1991 and is the city’s longest serving district attorney—Cantoni began working for Brown’s office, starting out as deputy chief of the office’s Appeals Bureau.

In 2000, Cantoni was promoted to counsel of the office’s Investigations Division, which is generally charged with long-term investigations of criminal enterprises, as well as working with state and federal partners to prosecute criminal activity at John F. Kennedy International Airport and LaGuardia Airport.

Cantoni became deputy executive ADA of the investigations division in 2003 and held that role until being promoted to counsel for Brown.

A 1984 graduate of the Fordham University School of Law , Cantoni began her legal career as a litigation associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan , then went on to work as an associate with the late Robert Kasanof, where she specialized in white-collar criminal defense.

From 1989 to 1993, she was a senior appellate attorney for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

She is set to begin in her new post Monday.