Brad A. Leventhal

Adjunct Professor
J.D., Hofstra Law SchoolB.A., Long Island University’s C.W. Post

Brad A. Leventhal has served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for the last nineteen years. During the last nine years, he has had the distinction of serving as Bureau Chief of the office’s Homicide Trial Bureau. The Homicide Trial Bureau is responsible for the prosecution of all homicides which occur within Queens County. The bureau works very closely with the New York City Police Department as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and actively participates in the investigation and prosecution of all homicides that occur within our jurisdiction. The Homicide Trial Bureau’s responsibilities include the investigation and enhancement of all homicide prosecutions, the presentation of homicide cases to the Grand Jury and ultimately the trial of all homicide indictments that are not resolved by way of other disposition. Prior to Leventhal’s appointment as chief of the Homicide Trial Bureau, he served six years as the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Office’s Career Criminal and Major Crimes Bureau, another specialized investigative/trial bureau which is primarily responsible for the investigation and prosecution of some of the county’s most violent criminal acts and repeat offenders. Prior to moving into a management position at the District Attorney’s Office, his earlier assignments were as a trial prosecutor initially in a Supreme Court Trial Bureau, then in the Career Criminal and Major Crimes Bureau and finally in the Homicide Trial Bureau. Before joining the Queens District Attorney’s Office in the Fall of 1996, Leventhal was engaged in the private practice of law and maintained offices in Nassau County and Queens County handling a variety of legal matters but specializing  predominately in the area of criminal defense. Over the course of his 27 year career, he has tried approximately one hundred jury trials to verdict in the New York State Supreme Court as well as in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. In addition to Leventhal’s work as a trial attorney, he has also co-authored a number of appellate briefs and argued criminal appeals before the Appellate Division located in the Second Judicial Department. Additionally, Leventhal has lectured and been a panel participant on the topic of low copy/high sensitivity DNA and its use in the courtroom at the International Symposium on human identification. He is an adjunct law professor at St. John’s School of Law since 2012 and teaches Evidence, Criminal Procedure and Advanced Trial Advocacy.