Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez
Eric began his legal career in 1995, as an Assistant District Attorney in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. After working several years in different Bureaus within the office, (including the Sex Crimes and Special Victims Bureau, Domestic Violence Bureau and Trial Division), Eric was promoted to supervisory positions in the Green Trial Zone, which handles cases in Central and South Brooklyn. Both before and after his promotions, Eric tried a full range of violent crime cases, including homicides.
In 2011, Eric rose to the top position of that Bureau, as Executive Assistant District Attorney of the Green Trial Zone. Under his leadership, the Green Zone achieved recognition for being one of the most successful and productive trial zones in the Office. Recognizing the potential for continuous growth and professional development of his prosecutorial staff, Eric instituted regular training sessions for his Bureau, and collaborated with community members and precinct commanders to implement a “community prosecution” approach to law enforcement.
Promoted by District Attorney Ken Thompson to Counsel to the District Attorney in 2014, Eric successfully guided the launch of several of DA Thompson’s key initiatives, including the creation of the Conviction Review Unit, which has vacated over 20 unjust convictions to date and has been held up as a national model for other prosecutors’ offices. Eric also implemented the Office’s groundbreaking decision to stop prosecuting certain marijuana possession arrests. In October 2014, Eric was appointed by DA Thompson to Chief Assistant District Attorney, the second in command, making him the first Latino to hold that position in Brooklyn.
In addition to his trial and supervisory experience, Eric has taken an active role in interagency trainings conducted by the Office and has served on a number of internal and external committees. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. He has frequently participated in panel discussions and continuing legal education courses, including those that have focused on racial inequality in the criminal justice system and on the role of minorities in the legal profession.
A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Eric grew up in East New York and Williamsburg with parents who came here from Puerto Rico. He attended John Dewey High School in Coney Island and graduated from Cornell University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1995, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, and returned home to Brooklyn to begin a prodigious career as a prosecutor.
Eric was sworn in as Acting District Attorney in October of 2016 after the passing of DA Thompson. Since then, he led the biggest gun trafficking takedown in Brooklyn history, instituted a new policy to prevent unintended immigration consequences from convictions of non-citizens for low-level offenses and enhanced opportunities for young defendants to avoid having criminal records by participating in meaningful diversion programs. His insight, enthusiasm, wise counsel and leadership have helped propel the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to the forefront of criminal justice reform.
Eric resides in Brooklyn with his wife and three boys.