New York Governor-elect Eliot Spitzer '81 has named Dave Nocenti '80 as his counsel, as they take office on January 1, 2007. He is currently counsel to Spitzer in his role as the state Attorney General. According to an article in the New York Law Journal, Spitzer said about Dave,
He is somebody on whose advice I have relied on over the past eight years, somebody of stupendous intellect. He understands government. He is somebody with whom I have disagreed occasionally, but rarely won a legal argument with Consequently, I have absolute confidence that he is going to address every issue meticulously, thoughtfully, and with the public interest and the law in mind. And that is exactly what I would ask for in somebody in that position.
Dave earned a law degree from Columbia and then was an associate at the New York law firm of Chadbourne, Parke, Whiteside & Wolff for three years before serving as a procecutor for the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of New York from 1986 to 1990. He joined the counsel's office of New York Governor Mario Cuomo as first assistant counsel, then became counsel to Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. He then became counsel to the Attorney General for Spitzer's two terms.