Daniel D. Brownell draws upon many years of experience in the field of investigations and law enforcement at the city, state and federal levels. The majority of his prosecutorial career has had an emphasis on the importance of public integrity and he brings a unique and broad perspective to Guidepost Solutions.
Mr. Brownell is noted for numerous career accomplishments, including prosecuting several members of the Gambino crime family for infiltrating one of the City’s largest capital construction projects and 16 Consolidated Edison officials for taking bribes on projects related to post 9/11 construction.
Mr. Brownell most recently served as Commissioner with the New York City Business Integrity Commission or BIC. In this position, he was responsible for overseeing the operation of the agency, which regulates and conducts criminal investigations related to the private carters and the City’s public wholesale food markets. During his tenure, BIC also worked to promote greater safety in the carting industry, as well as joining with the City’s Sanitation Department to restructure the overall industry to be more environmentally efficient.
Prior to this role, Mr. Brownell was the Rackets Bureau Chief with the New York County District Attorney’s Office. He supervised a team of attorneys prosecuting organized crime, corruption, construction fraud and white-collar crimes. Most notably, he and the team prosecuted one of the largest interior construction companies resulting in $55 million restitution, over 100 individuals who defrauded the Social Services Administration Disability Benefits Program, and uncovered systemic fraud in the home heating oil industry.
Additionally, Mr. Brownell prosecuted cases involving fraud, bribery, other forms of public corruption, money laundering, organized crime and healthcare fraud while with the Public Integrity Unit of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. He has held similar investigatory roles as the Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigations, Chief Deputy Inspector General in the Office of the New York Inspector General, and as Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
At Guidepost Solutions, Mr. Brownell is part of the monitoring team working to ensure the New York City Housing Authority satisfies the conditions of an agreement to correct chronically poor housing conditions endured by its residents.
Early in his career, Mr. Brownell volunteered with Jail Ministry, which provided nonlegal assistance to indigent inmates in the city jail in Syracuse. During this time, he developed an interest in law, particularly the areas of criminal law and the whole criminal justice system.