Karen Cacace is the Labor Bureau Chief in the New York State Office of the Attorney General. As the Labor Bureau Chief, Ms. Cacace oversees the Bureau’s civil and criminal enforcement of the labor laws as well as the Bureau’s representation of the New York State Department of Labor and Workers’ Compensation Board. Ms. Cacace is also a Lecturer-in-Law at Columbia University Law School.
Prior to joining the OAG, Ms. Cacace was the Director of the Employment Law Unit at The Legal Aid Society. At Legal Aid, Ms. Cacace oversaw the Employment Law Unit’s work providing representation, community education and advice to low-income New York City residents concerning violations of employment laws, including wage and hour laws, anti-discrimination laws, family and medical leave laws, and anti-trafficking laws. Prior to joining Legal Aid, Ms. Cacace was a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C. in New York, where she represented individuals in employment related matters, focusing on discrimination claims.
She was previously an Adjunct Professor at New York University Law School and Fordham Law School. She was also an associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Ms. Cacace graduated from Wesleyan University and The University of Pennsylvania Law School.