Janet Sabel serves as the Attorney-in-Chief and Chief Executive Officer of The Legal Aid Society. A Legal Aid Society alumna, Janet spent 25 years with Legal Aid before leaving in 2011 to join the New York State Attorney General’s Office where she served initially as the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice and finally as a Chief Deputy Attorney General.
While at the Attorney General’s Office, Janet oversaw a number of high-profile actions, including a landmark antitrust case involving the sale of Alzheimer drugs, the state’s first enforcement of mental health parity laws, and a resolution of a redlining investigation of a Buffalo bank. She also played a key role in the AG’s challenges to the Trump administration’s immigration, travel ban and sanctuary city policies. She oversaw successful litigation efforts to restore federal health care funding for tens of thousands of low-income New Yorkers, as well fraud litigation against Trump University.
Prior to joining the AG’s Office, Janet held a number of top positions at The Legal Aid Society including General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. She began her decades long commitment to Legal Aid as a staff attorney first in the Civil Division’s Brooklyn Neighborhood Office and then in the Civil Appeals and Law Reform Unit, where she worked on federal and class action litigation on disability and health issues. She also served as managing attorney of the Lower Manhattan Neighborhood Office and Attorney-in-Charge of Legal Aid’s citywide Immigration Law Unit.
She received her B.A. from Harvard/Radcliffe College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Scholar.