Daniel Alonso ’90, a partner at Kaye Scholer since 2005, began a new job last week: chief assistant district attorney for Manhattan, serving under Cyrus Vance Jr., who replaces longtime Manhattan D.A. Robert Morgenthau.

For Alonso, it is a homecoming of sorts: he was an assistant D.A. in Morgenthau’s office from 1990–1995, working in the frauds bureau, on the special prosecutions bureau, and in the trial division. Before that, Alonso spent nine years as a federal prosecutor, heading the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. In that position, he oversaw more than 100 federal lawyers and the prosecution of a wide range of crimes, including securities fraud, labor racketeering, drug trafficking, and terrorism. Among his high-profile cases was the successful prosecution of a fraud ring that over two decades staged hundreds of car crashes, then used fake injuries to make insurance claims. He is a four-time winner of the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance and has received the Henry L. Stimson Medal for outstanding assistant U.S. attorneys.

Posted January 11, 2010