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Biography of the Corporation Counsel

Georgia Pestana is the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York after having served as the First Assistant Corporation Counsel since 2015.

Georgia has been an attorney with the City of New York since 1987. She served as the Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel for Employment and Policy Litigation from January 2015 to July 2015, the Executive Assistant Corporation Counsel for Employment and Policy Litigation from January 2013 to December 2014, Chief of the Labor & Employment Law Division from April 2002 to December 2012, and Deputy Chief of the General Litigation Division from July 1996 to April 2002. She previously held other positions in General Litigation and also worked for the New York City Department of Aging.

Georgia graduated from New York University School of Law with a J.D. in 1987 and received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College. She won the Corporation Counsel’s Award for Distinguished Legal Service in 2012, the New York County Lawyers’ Association Award for Outstanding Public Service in 2006, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York’s Committee on Municipal Affairs Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1991. She has served on the Law Department’s Diversity Committee as well as on its Professional Responsibility & Ethics Committee.