Law and Order

Adam Schiff was the District Attorney (D.A.) for Manhattan from 1990 to 2000. He left his job to work on commemorations for The Holocaust Project in Vienna. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appointed Nora Lewin as an interim replacement.

Schiff's wife dies of complications from a stroke, after he elects to remove her from a ventilator while she is in a vegetative state. (L&O: "Terminal") Their son, Josh, is mentioned in several episodes, as are Josh's own wife and son, but Josh never appeared onscreen.

Schiff is a graduate of Columbia University, where he served on the Law Review.

During the 19th season, Schiff is mentioned to be in Zimbabwe with former President Jimmy Carter.

In "Rumble", ADA Michael Cutter refers to Schiff during a conversation with the now-DA Jack McCoy. Cutter states that McCoy crossing the line was one thing when Schiff had his back but he's now on his own without Schiff there to help and protect him.


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Senior Detectives: Max GreeveyPhil CerretaLennie BriscoeJoe FontanaEd GreenCyrus LupoKevin Bernard

Junior Detectives: Mike LoganRey CurtisEd GreenNick FalcoNina CassadyCyrus LupoKevin BernardFrank Cosgrove

Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren • Lieutenant Kate Dixon


Executive Assistant District Attorneys: Benjamin StoneJack McCoyMichael CutterNolan Price

Assistant District Attorneys: Paul RobinetteClaire KincaidJamie RossAbbie CarmichaelSerena SoutherlynAlexandra BorgiaConnie RubirosaSamantha Maroun

District Attorneys: Adam SchiffNora LewinArthur BranchJack McCoy


Elizabeth OlivetAlfred Wentworth