Sandra L. Musumeci



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Sandra Musumeci brings an impressive professional pedigree, a wealth of practical experience, and tremendous versatility to RSHC, having practiced as a prosecutor and defense attorney, in criminal and civil contexts. Equally at ease drafting a brief, advocating to a jury or arbitrator, or presenting to executives and government officials, she brings a strategic and practical approach to problem-solving, and she possesses a winning combination of sound judgment, an innate sense of justice, and a tireless work ethic. She has represented corporations, individuals, and not-for-profit organizations in a range of matters, including government and internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, and business disputes. She also counsels clients proactively regarding risk management and mitigation involving a range of compliance and emerging issues.

Immediately prior to joining RSHC, Sandy helped to create and run the New York City Department of Investigation’s Office of the Inspector General for the New York City Police Department (OIG-NYPD). As Deputy Inspector General, she set priorities, developed protocols, built relationships, and managed a staff of investigators, policy analysts, auditors, and attorneys to conduct investigations and evaluations of NYPD’s policies and operations. Sandy worked collaboratively with senior staff to guide investigations, craft policy recommendations, issue public reports, and engage with government and community stakeholders.

Before her appointment to OIG-NYPD, Sandy was a partner at a major international law firm, where she represented organizations in complex commercial and securities-related disputes, and advised companies and individuals in criminal, governmental and internal investigation proceedings. She also maintained an active pro bono practice representing inmates in civil rights cases, helping domestic violence victims obtain lawful immigration status, and guiding non-profit organizations through a range of legal challenges.

Prior to that, Sandy served as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office under Robert M. Morgenthau, where she investigated and prosecuted felony criminal cases, including violent street crimes, sexual assaults, and domestic violence cases. During her tenure as a prosecutor, Sandy tried 18 criminal jury trials, including two homicides, and conducted scores of pre-trial hearings and grand jury presentations. She also served as Criminal Court Supervisor, where she trained and managed junior prosecutors.

  • Education

      • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2000
      • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, A.B., 1994, magna cum laude


      • Honorable John C. Lifland, United States District Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (2000-2001)

    Bar Admissions

      • New York
      • New Jersey
      • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Speeches & Presentations

      • “The Transparency – Litigation – Liability Connection: Current and Emerging Issues,” (panelist), National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) 2016 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM (September 29, 2016)
      • “Civilian Oversight: Comparative and International Perspectives,” (panelist), Canadian Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (CACOLE) Annual Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (May 10, 2016)