AG Coakley Announces New Staff Appointments
Appoints Criminal Bureau Senior Trial Counsel, Enterprise and Major Crimes Chief, Government Bureau Deputy Chief
BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley is pleased to announce several new appointments within her office, all of whom bring extraordinary skill, management experience, and passion for public service to their new roles.
As part of three recent staffing changes at the AG’s Office, Dean Mazzone has been appointed Senior Trial Counsel for the Criminal Bureau, Cara Krysil will serve as the new Chief of the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division, and Juliana Rice will join the Government Bureau as Deputy Bureau Chief.
Dean Mazzone, a Winthrop resident, who has served in the AG’s Office for eight years, will serve as Senior Trial Counsel for the Criminal Bureau. Mazzone most recently served as Chief of the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division in the AG’s Office for more than five years and previously was an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County DA’s office, first in the Appeals Division and later as Chief of the Narcotics and Asset Forfeiture Unit. Prior to working at the Suffolk County DA’s Office, Mazzone served as an Assistant Attorney General in the AG’s Appeals Division from 2001 to 2004. He brings a combination of high level appellate and trial experience and supervisory skills to the Bureau. In his new position, Mazzone will assist and supervise other Assistant Attorneys General in their ongoing investigations, assist Criminal Bureau Chief John Verner with the daily management of the Bureau, and maintain an active case load. Mazzone is a graduate of Brandeis University and Suffolk University Law School.
“Dean has illustrated strong leadership qualities as the head of the Enterprise and Major Crimes Division and will be a valuable asset in his capacity as Senior Trial Counsel,” AG Coakley said. “I am confident that his management skills and extensive experience will allow him to expertly help supervise the Criminal Bureau in the vital work it does each day.”
Cara Krysil, of Fitchburg, will join the office as the new Chief of Enterprise and Major Crimes, which is part of the office’s Criminal Bureau and targets criminal enterprises and organizations by using sophisticated investigative techniques and strategies. Krysil has been a prosecutor for more than 12 years in the offices of both the Middlesex and Worcester District Attorney, as well as at the federal level as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. Most recently, Krysil was the Chief of the Lowell Superior Court Trial Team. In her career, Krysil has prosecuted homicides, gang-related violence, organized crime, firearms, narcotics, sexual assaults and domestic violence cases. She is a graduate of Assumption College and Western New England College School of Law.
“Cara is a seasoned prosecutor with more than a decade of prosecutorial experience in cases involving a range of criminal matters,” said AG Coakley. “We look forward to Cara leading our Enterprise and Major Crimes Division and trust that she will serve the Commonwealth with integrity.”
Joining the office as Deputy Bureau Chief of the Government Bureau is Juliana Rice, a North Reading resident. The AG’s Government Bureau represents the Commonwealth, its agencies, and its officials in many types of civil litigation, as well as defends Commonwealth employees from civil claims. The Bureau also initiates affirmative litigation on behalf of the Commonwealth when it is in the public interest and has significant monetary value or raises legal or policy issues of concern to the public and the Commonwealth. Rice previously worked in the AG’s Administrative Law Division as an Assistant Attorney General and Managing Attorney for 11 years. Most recently, Rice has been Arlington’s Town Counsel, where she served as chief legal officer and director of the Town’s Legal Department. Rice also served on the Executive Committee of the City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association of Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013. She is a graduate of Brandeis University and Boston College Law School.
“Juliana served with distinction in her previous roles in the Government Bureau, and I know that she will continue to do so as she rejoins our office,” AG Coakley said. “Juliana brings a breadth of experience and institutional knowledge to her new position and I have no doubt she will be invaluable in helping to lead the Bureau.”