Senior Vice President and General Counsel
French’s private practice involves complex civil litigation and white collar criminal defense.
Before entering the private sector, French served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York, where he was the chief federal law enforcement officer for 32 of New York’s 62 counties. French also served as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the criminal division in Syracuse, and as a confidential law clerk for the then United States District Court Judge Rosemary S. Pooler. In addition, French served as Acting Deputy Staff Director to the United States Senate Committee on Finance, Executive Assistant to United States Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and as a Professional Staff Member to the United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.
In 2007 Attorney General Andrew Cuomo appointed French a Commissioner of the New York State Commission on Public Integrity, a position he held for two years. French served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Federal Court Bar Association of the Northern District of New York from 2005 to 2013.
French earned a juris doctor cum laude from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1995, and a bachelor’s degree cum laude from the State University of New York College at Oswego in 1987.