Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office announced Thursday that two assistant AGs have been promoted.
Susan Cameron, an assistant attorney general in the labor bureau has been promoted to deputy bureau chief for the office’s health bureau, Schneiderman’s office told the New York Law Journal.
Prior to joining Schneiderman’s office in October 2016, Cameron was a partner at labor law firm Levy Ratner, where she served as lead counsel in several cases representing 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the largest union of health care workers in the country. Cameron, a graduate of Brooklyn Law School who has a master’s degree in health sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, represented the union—which has considerable sway in New York—in enforcement and negotiations of collective bargaining agreements.
Christopher Leung, an assistant attorney general in the health bureau at Schneiderman’s office, is also being promoted. Leung served as an assistant attorney general in the tobacco compliance bureau. He will serve as special counsel for tobacco compliance within the health care bureau at the Attorney General’s Office.
Leung aided in litigation against United Parcel Service of America Inc. over shipments of untaxed cigarettes into New York. U.S. Southern District Judge Katherine Forrest in May awarded a combined $247 million in penalties and damages to New York City and New York state (NYLJ May 26) over the shipment of untaxed cigarettes by UPS. UPS said it would appeal the decision. Leung, a recipient of the Louis J. Lefkowitz Award—the highest commendation by the Attorney General’s Office for superior service by attorneys—is also the co-chair of a National Association of Attorneys General working group on issues related to electronic cigarettes.
In between his two stints in the Attorney General’s Office, Leung worked as a staff attorney at Earthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law group. Prior to that, Leung was an associate attorney at San Francisco-based personal injury and class action firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.
The promotions at Schneiderman’s office are a result of merging the tobacco compliance bureau and the health care bureau earlier this year. Last month, Schneiderman’s office announced three new hires (NYLJ, July 11), including a former partner of a New York City-based law firm that represented large institutional investors in complex class action securities lawsuits.