Theresa A. Gottlieb, Esq., '78

Women of Achievement Award Recipient

Theresa (Terry) Gottlieb graduated Iona College in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in History, yet never really left Iona. Over the years as an alum she has remained very active and served as a member of the Board of Trustees for over two decades. She was the first female to serve as President of the Alumni Association.

After graduating from Iona, Terry received her Law Degree from Temple University and has been a valued member of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office since 1981. She currently serves as the Executive Trial Division Chief where she is responsible for overseeing the Homicide Bureau, Hate Crimes and Elder Abuse Units, six Violent Crime Trial Bureaus and the Vehicular Crimes Bureau. These bureaus maintain a staff of over 300 lawyers and handle thousands of cases each year.

Prior to becoming Division Chief, Terry was Senior Trial Attorney. In this role, she
prosecuted the most serious, high-profile cases and achieved an 90% conviction rate. She was often referred to as the “real Sam Waterston” (the prosecutor in “Law and Order”) of the Bronx DA’s Office. Among her most important cases, was that of two powerful, rival drug gangs engaged in a four-year turf war in the Edenwald Houses in the Bronx. The case involved 19 individuals that were responsible for nine homicides, numerous robberies and significant ongoing drug sales. The prosecution resulted in the conviction and sentencing of all 19 defendants and brought justice for Bronx residents who had lived in fear.

Prior to being named as Senior Trial Attorney Terry served as Trial Bureau Chief. She also served as Deputy Chief of Narcotics Bureau and Supervisor in the Violent Crime and Gun Units and served as a line assistant in the Major Offense Bureau and Sex Crimes Unit.

Throughout her time as a DA, Terry has tried over 100 cases to verdict with some of these cases being even more complicated due to extensive media attention. For example, she tried and convicted Steven Armento and Lillo Brancato--the actor from “A Bronx Tale” -- for the homicide of Police Officer Daniel Enchautegui. She recently won a conviction in a domestic violence case in which David Saunders was convicted of the shooting death of his wife Giselle Cowan and killing her son Gerard Cowan, who left behind a blind, six-year-old daughter.

Terry is the recipient of the prestigious Thomas E. Dewey Medal, for outstanding service and achievement as a New York City Prosecutor, presented by the New York Association of the Bar; as well as the recipient of New York City PBA Award for Outstanding Prosecutor.

Terry lectures extensively on trial advocacy, notably at the New York City Police Academy and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Task Force where she instructed 600 law enforcement agents. She is a member of the New York City Hate Crime Prevention Task Force.

While a student at Iona College Terry could be found just about everywhere: she was the President of the Debate Team, Vice President of the Student Government Association, worked for four years in the Financial Aid office and was a member of the Tara Knights. She was commencement speaker at graduation and the recipient of the Sullivan Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership. She was recognized with the Brother Doyle Award for outstanding service to the alumni association and the college.

In addition to her work and service to Iona, Terry keeps busy raising her two daughters Katelynn (16) and Bridget (12), is an avid skier and volunteers in her community.