Eric T. Schneiderman was elected the 65th Attorney General of New York State on November 2, 2010. As the highest ranking law enforcement officer for the State, Eric has taken on the tough fights to protect New Yorkers – because he believes there must be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or powerful.
Eric has locked up corrupt politicians, prosecuted companies that ripped off New Yorkers, and won hundreds of millions of dollars in financial relief and restitution for victims of fraud—including $25 million for the victims of Trump University, despite Donald Trump’s claims that he would never settle.
Since November of 2016, Eric has led the nationwide legal resistance, leading the fight to protect New Yorkers from the most harmful policies of the Trump Administration. He successfully sued to block all three of the President’s unconstitutional and un-American Muslim Bans. He leads a coalition defending the Clean Power Plan, our nation’s signature effort to combat climate change, and has taken the Trump Administration to court to protect the 42,000 New York DREAMers enrolled in the DACA program. Eric also filed suit against the Trump Administration for their attempt to roll-back women’s access to cost-free contraception.
Eric has also brought the full weight of his office to aggressively fight New York’s opioid epidemic, prosecuting over 800 accused gun and narcotics traffickers, while ensuring that the victims of opioid abuse are never denied the services they are entitled to under law. Eric spearheaded—and passed—legislation to stop doctor shopping in New York, preventing opioid dealers and opioid abuse victims from obtaining multiple painkiller prescriptions from different physicians. Eric is also playing a leading role in a national, bipartisan investigation by attorneys general into the manufacturers and distributors of opioids, in order to examine what role they played in creating today’s opioid crisis.
When corporations have tried to skirt our laws, Eric has held them to account. He led the multistate corruption investigation into Volkswagen for their auto-emissions cheating scandal, winning the largest environmental penalty in state history. And earlier this year, Eric led a major consumer fraud lawsuit against Spectrum-Time Warner Cable, after a multiyear investigation by his office discovered that the company had allegedly defrauded consumers on a massive scale.
Eric has fought for justice for all workers, defending their right to a fair and decent wage for a full day’s work. Since 2011, Eric has successfully secured more than $30 million in restitution for more than 21,000 workers across New York. Additionally, in a series of groundbreaking settlements, Eric forced top retailers across the country to end the practice of “on-call” scheduling—and by doing so, finally helped give hundreds of thousands of workers the rights they are entitled to under the law.
Before becoming Attorney General, Eric was praised as a leading reformer in the State Senate by numerous editorial pages and good government organizations. Among his many legislative accomplishments, Eric led the effort to reform the draconian and outdated Rockefeller drug laws, and he cracked down on health insurance companies trying to deny coverage to vulnerable New Yorkers. He was the only senator in modern history to chair a committee to expel a corrupt senator from the legislature, and he enacted the toughest law in the nation to root out fraud against taxpayers.
Eric previously served as a public interest lawyer, representing tenants trying to evict drug dealers from their buildings, women seeking access to health clinics, and taxpayers in a series of historic lawsuits against the MTA. He also spent 15 years in private practice at the firm of Kirkpatrick and Lockhart.
Eric graduated from Amherst College in 1977 and Harvard Law School in 1982. He is the proud father of his daughter, Catherine.