Carla B. Freedman became the United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York on October 8, 2021, upon being sworn in by Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby at the federal courthouse in Syracuse. Ms. Freedman is the first woman confirmed for this position.
Ms. Freedman was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on August 10, 2021 and confirmed by the Senate on October 5, 2021.
Ms. Freedman previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Syracuse office of the Northern District of New York from 2007 through 2021. She was a Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Narcotics Chief from February 2018 through October 2021. She also served as Deputy Narcotics Chief from 2016 through 2018.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Freedman was an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for 16 years. She was the Chief of the Asian Gang Unit from 1997 through 2004.
Ms. Freedman has prosecuted a wide array of crimes and offenses during her career with a focus on organized crime, violent crime, and drug trafficking offenses including, since 2009, illegal distribution of controlled substance analogues and newly scheduled synthetic drugs.
Ms. Freedman grew up in Syracuse. She earned her law degree from New York Law School and her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University.