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Elizabeth “Beth” Garvey assists clients nationwide with complex regulatory, governance, and transactional matters.

Beth draws upon her deep government experience having previously served in a number of high-level governmental positions, including as acting counsel to the New York State Governor, senior vice chancellor for Legal Affairs and general counsel at the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany, and counsel to the State Senate majority.

While at SUNY, Beth managed all legal aspects of the SUNY operation, including retention and management of outside counsel on particular issues. She was responsible for policy development and implementation to ensure compliance with various state and federal laws and worked with outside regulators to manage inquiries from enforcement entities, in addition to assisting in responses to audits.

While serving as the Counsel to the New York State Senate Majority, Beth supervised the management of day-to-day operations on the Senate Chamber floor and was principally responsible for negotiations with other stakeholders in government. 



  • Office of New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 2019-2021
    • Acting Counsel to the Governor, 2021
    • Special Counsel to the Governor, 2019-2021
  • State University of New York, System Administration, 2018-2019
    • Senior Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 2019
    • Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 2018-2019
  • New York State Senate Majority & Minority Counsel/Program Office, 2005-2017
    • Counsel to the Majority, 2013-2017
    • First Assistant Counsel to the Majority, 2011-2013
    • Assistant Counsel to the Minority, 2009-2010
    • Assistant Counsel to the Majority, 2005-2009
  • Richard A. Weibe Fellow, New York State Senate Graduate Fellowship Program, 2004-2005

Recognition & Leadership

  • Selected, City & State, “Albany Power 100,” 2016-2017, and 2020-2021
  • Selected, City & State, “Power 100,” 2021
  • Selected, City & State, “40 Under 40,” 2012
  • Advisory Board Member, Rockefeller Institute for Government, 2019-Present
  • Franchise Oversight Board Member, 2012-2017
    • Appointment of the Temporary President


  • J.D., cum laude, Albany Law School of Union University
    • Note & Comment Editor, Albany Law Review
  • B.A., cum laude, Mary Baldwin College
  • New York