Randal Jeffrey
General Counsel

Randal is NYLAG’s General Counsel. He provides legal support to the President, senior management team, and program directors on contract, personnel, real estate, and compliance issues. Randal is responsible for professional responsibility and legal ethics matters, and advises on corporate governance and compliance policies. He also oversees legal matters involving NYLAG as a party.

Randal served as Director of the General Legal Services Unit from 2003 until 2016, when that Unit was divided into three new Units: the Consumer Law Unit; the Public Benefits Unit; and the Tenants Rights’ Unit. During his tenure, the Unit grew to a staff of 80 attorneys, paralegals, and financial counselors. Randal continues to maintain managerial responsibility over NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center, Financial Counseling Division, Justice at Work Project, Total Life Choices, and Legal Hand work.

Randal first joined NYLAG in 1998 as a staff attorney in the Special Litigation Unit, where he was counsel on several major class action cases concerning public assistance, food stamps, and Medicaid. Randal has taught Lawyering and Writing at Cardozo Law School and has published several articles on poverty law issues. He served on the Board of Project FAIR, a collaborative, New York City-based project working towards greater economic justice for low-income and homeless New Yorkers. Prior to coming to NYLAG, Randal was a pro se law clerk with the Second Circuit’s Staff Attorney’s Office and a Georgetown Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia.

Juan Martinez-Hill
Intake Specialist / Paralegal, Public Benefits

Juan is a General Legal Services intake specialist and paralegal case handler with NYLAG’s Public Benefits Practice. Prior to joining NYLAG, he worked with various civil and legal organizations including the New York Immigration Coalition, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the New York Civil Liberties Union. Before moving to New York, he helped organize farmworkers in California’s Central Valley for comprehensive immigration reform and even spent some time in private equity. Juan is a graduate of Brown University where he studied Philosophy and Political Science and volunteered with several prison literacy projects throughout the Rhode Island Department of Corrections.