Daniel D. Brownell

Daniel Brownell

Title: Commissioner
Company: New York City Business Integrity Commission
Location: New York, New York, United States

Daniel D. Brownell, Commissioner at the New York City Business Integrity Commission, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminal investigation.

Drawing upon many years of experience in the field of criminal law, Mr. Brownell has served as a commissioner with the New York City Business Integrity Commission since 2014. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the operation of the agency, which conducts criminal investigations related to the carting industry. Additionally, the New York City Business Integrity Commission is known for its work involving construction debris, which has led to several investigations with city, state, and federal prosecutors.

Formed more than 20 years ago, the New York City Business Integrity Commission originated from the Trade Waste Commission following a series of criminal prosecutions of organized crime figures that controlled the commercial carting or trade waste in New York City. The founders of the agency believed that prosecuting people and putting them in jail wasn’t going to be enough to keep organized crime permanently out of the industry. In order to approach the problem in a more effective way, the agency established a strict licensing and background structure that ensured individuals and companies with a desire to work in the industry would need to approach the trade waste industry and acquire a license.

Early in his career, Mr. Brownell received a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1978. Following formal education, he began volunteering with Jail Ministry, which provided nonlegal assistance to Indian inmates in the city jail in Syracuse. During this time, Mr. Brownell developed an interest in law, particularly the areas of criminal law and the whole criminal justice system. He went on to attend the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he completed a JD, with honors, in 1983. Mr. Brownell has also completed postgraduate coursework with the Fordham University School of Law.

While working in the New York County District Attorney’s Office, Mr. Brownell was heavily involved in the homicide unit, where he focused primarily on gangs. Since then, his career has shifted to have a stronger emphasis on the importance of public integrity. Mr. Brownell is noted for numerous career accomplishments, including prosecuting 16 Consolidated Edison officials for taking bribes from contractors. In recognition of his contributions to the pursuit of criminal justice, Mr. Brownell was selected to receive a Federal Prosecutor Award from the United States Department of Justice in 2011.

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