Commissioners

Commissioners

Michael F. Armstrong, Chair

Michael F. Armstrong is Of Counsel at McLaughlin & Stern LLP, where he focuses on complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal and regulatory matters, and internal corporate investigations. Mr. Armstrong has served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York where he was Chief of the Securities Fraud Unit, Chief Counsel to the “Knapp Commission,” which investigated allegations of police corruption in the New York City Police Department, and District Attorney for Queens County, New York. He also has served as Counsel to the New York Urban League and Advisor to New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo regarding the investigation of allegations of political influence in the State Police. Mr. Armstrong earned his LLB from Harvard Law School and his BA from Yale University.

Kathy Hirata Chin

Kathy Hirata Chin is a Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP, where she moved in October 2018 with the rest of the healthcare practice group after 38 years at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP. She is a member of the healthcare and litigation groups at Crowell. Ms. Chin graduated from Princeton University magna cum laude and Columbia Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Transnational Law. She served as Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission from 1995 to 2001 and is currently a Commissioner on the New York City Commission to Combat Police Corruption, a position she has held since Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed her in August 2003. She has served on the Federal Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the Eastern District of New York, Governor Mario Cuomo's Judicial Screening Committee for the First Department, the Gender Bias Committee of the Second Circuit Task Force, former Chief Judge Judith Kaye’s Commission to Promote Public Confidence in Judicial Elections, chaired by John Feerick, the Second Circuit Judicial Conference Planning and Program Committee, the Board of Directors of the New York County Lawyers Association, and the Board of Directors of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, a non-profit that advocates for marginalized New Yorkers. She currently serves on the Attorney Emeritus Advisory Council and the Commercial Division Advisory Council, appointed to both by former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman of the New York State Court of Appeals, and as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Medicare Rights Center, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping older adults and people with disabilities get affordable health care. In December 2012 and again in December 2014, she was nominated for appointment to the New York State Court of Appeals by the New York State Commission on Judicial Nomination. In May 2015, the New York City Bar honored Ms. Chin with its Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award. In April 2016, she was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to the First Department Judicial Screening Committee. On February 28, 2018, the Asian American Bar Association of New York honored Ms. Chin with its Women’s Leadership Award.

Deborah E. Landis

Deborah E. Landis is a consultant who provides investigative assistance and litigation support to other attorneys. She focuses primarily on white-collar criminal and regulatory matters. Ms. Landis served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for more than twenty years, investigating and prosecuting cases involving police corruption, perjury, narcotics trafficking, racketeering, money-laundering, tax fraud, and other fraud on the government As Chief of the General Crimes Unit and as Senior Litigation Counsel, she also had responsibility for supervising and teaching other prosecutors. During 2000, Ms. Landis served the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., acting a an Associate Deputy Attorney General and as DOJ's Special Counsel for Health Care Fraud. Ms. Landis received many awards for her work as a prosecutor, including the Henry L. Stimson Medal for Outstanding Contributions to the Office of the United States Attorney, which was awarded by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1999), and the Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation (2000). Ms. Landis also taught Trial Advocacy at the Harvard Law School for many years. Ms. Landis earned her JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

James D. Zirin

James D. Zirin has been a trial lawyer for over 40 years, handling a wide variety of white-collar criminal and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Zirin is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a past trustee of New York Law School, a past member of the advisory board of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a former director and member of the executive committee of the Legal Aid Society, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a past vice president and trustee of the Federal Bar Council. Mr. Zirin is the host of the critically acclaimed cable TV talk show "Conversations with Jim Zirin" and author of two best selling books "The Mother Court--Tales of Cases That Mattered in America's Greatest Trial Court" and "Supremely Partisan -- How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court".