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Sergeant Max Greevey (Deceased) [S01], played by George Dzundza

Max Greevey appeared in the first season of "Law & Order". He was paired with Detective Mike Logan and was killed in the line of fire. He was replaced by Phil Cerreta.
Detective Leonard W. "Lennie" Briscoe (Deceased) [S03E09-S14], played by Jerry Orbach

In his thirty-plus years on the force, Briscoe has seen it all. Jaded by his work and personal life -- he's been divorced twice -- Briscoe brings to the job a wry sense of humor, which punctuates the seriousness of investigating Manhattan's toughest homicide cases. No longer a youthful detective, Briscoe often has a chip on his shoulder about his age and his status as a recovering alcoholic. The murder of his own daughter hardened his stoic veneer as well as his resolve to bring criminals to justice.
Detective Joe Fontana [S15-S16], played by Dennis Farina

Detective Joe Fontana comes to the 27th Precinct after Lennie Briscoe retired at the end of Season 14. Fontana is partnered with Ed Green up until he gets shot in the line of duty. He is temporarily partnered with Nick Falco until Green recovers. Fontana is shown to be hard on suspects and have a short temper when he tries to get suspects to confess. We learn that Fontana retired after the end of the 16th Season.
Detective Edward "Eddie" Green [S10-S18E14], played by Jesse L. Martin

With his distinctly different personality and background, at first Briscoe clashed with his new partner, Det. Green (Seasons 10-11.) But the compulsive and passionate Green wants the same results as his more seasoned partner: to catch the suspect and build a case that will bring him/her to justice. Known for his aggressive and cunning interrogation style, Green must sometimes be reined in by Lt. Van Buren. However, his enthusiasm for his work is matched by his loyalty and sense of integrity.
Detective Cyrus Lupo [S18-S20], played by Jeremy Sisto

Detective Cyrus Lupo makes his first appearance in the Season 18 premiere after Detective Nina Cassady is written out of the show. We learn that Detective Lupo comes back from Iraq and is partnered originally with Detective Ed Green, and later Detective Kevin Bernard. He is the second Junior Detective to be promoted to Senior Detective.
Detective Mike Logan [S01-S05], played by Chris Noth

Raised an Irish Catholic, Logan has an ambivalent relationship with his religion, thanks in large part to childhood scars. Never married, Logan has no shortage of dates. He has a trademark brown leather coat and a closet full of plaid ties.
Detective Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis [S06-S09; recurring afterwards], played by Benjamin Bratt

Det. Curtis (Season 9) was partnered with Briscoe in 1995. A devout Catholic and father of three, his police work was often colored by his strong beliefs and ideals. Yet the family man was not without reproach, and his good looks inevitably got him in trouble from time to time. Green replaced Curtis when the young detective left the precinct to spend more time with his wife, who was diagnosed with a rapidly degenerating form of multiple sclerosis.
Detective Kevin Bernard [S18E15-S20; recurring previously], played by Anthony Anderson

Detective Kevin Bernard comes to the 27th Precinct after leaving Internal Affairs. We first see Bernard when he is called on a case from I.A. to investigate Detective Ed Green. After Bernard realizes that Green is innocent, he helps exonerate him of the crime. However, Green leaves and Bernard comes in to take his place. His relationship with his partner, Detective Cyrus Lupo, begins rocky, but they eventually come to respect each other and work well together.
Captain Donald Cragen [S01-S03; recurring afterwards], played by Dann Florek

Captain Don Cragen was the commanding officer of the 27th Precinct from 1900 through 1993. Cragen served as a Green Beret in the Vietnam War before joining the New York Police Department, where he was a homicide detective partnered with Max Greevey. Cragen had been married to a flight attendant named Marge, who at some point is killed in a plane crash. Cragen is a recovering alcoholic. His drinking problem had become so severe in his early career that Greevey insisted he would no longer partner with him unless he joined Alcoholics Anonymous. After Greevey is murdered both Cragen and Greevey's partner Detective Mike Logan are grief stricken. Cragen also supervised Detective Lennie Briscoe and Sergeant Phil Cerreta before leaving the 27th to head the Anti-Corruption Task Force.

Cragen later becomes the Captain of the 16th Precinct that houses the Special Victims Unit squad and oversees all the detectives in their cases. He is known for his constant backing of his detectives, but usually expects enough evidence to arrest a suspect before he lets Detectives Stabler and Benson employ their tactics. Cragen still maintains a good friendship with Detective Logan and Detective Briscoe until his death.

In 2007 Cragen was briefly relieved of duty for failure to supervise due to the actions of several of his detectives, such as Benson aiding her fugitive half-brother and Elliot Stabler covering up his daughter's DUI. Cragen is forced to transfer to the office of Chief of Detectives and cede control of his precinct to the newly-promoted Sergeant John Munch. The transfer is short-lived, however, as Cragen's command is restored after Munch allows a suspect faking dissociative identity disorder to be released into her sister's care, only to kill her parents.

In 2012 he was framed for the murder of escort Carissa Gibson, but returned to duty after he was cleared of all charges. In early 2014 Captain Cragen retires.
Lieutenant Anita Van Buren [S04-S20], played by S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Van Buren came to homicide from the narcotics bureau and is relentless in her pursuit of suspects. As the officer who must oversee all homicide investigations, Van Buren faces many pressures. She is an African American woman in a predominately white/male profession who has attained the respect of her detectives and of the D.A.'s office, but often struggles for recognition from her own supervisors. At the end of the day, Van Buren is a tough and demanding cop who possess the instincts and experience to extract accurate conclusions from the the detailed investigations of her detectives.
Executive A.D.A. Benjamin Stone [S01-S04], played by Michael Moriarty

E.A.D.A. Benjamin Stone was the main prosecutor in the first four seasons. He worked with A.D.A. Robinette and A.D.A. Kincaid before he was replaced by E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy.
Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter [S18-S20], played by Linus Roache

Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter first appeared in 2008, taking over after Jack McCoy was elected to District Attorney. Executive A.D.A. Cutter has referenced previous District Attorneys Arthur Branch and Adam Schiff, from which can be assumed that he has worked with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office for at least ten years.

In 2011 Executive A.D.A. Michael Cutter was promoted to S.V.U. Bureau Chief. His duties included overseeing Assistant District Attorneys Alexandra Cabot and Casey Novak. This position had previously been held by Elizabeth Donnelly.
Assistant D.A. Connie Rubirosa [S17-S20], played by Alana De La Garza

After graduating Swarthmore and spending some time working as a kindergarten teacher, Consuela "Connie" Rubirosa joined the New York County District Attorney's office in 2004. Tough and aggressive in the courtroom, but always empathetic, she worked for DA Arthur Branch, and second-chaired for Executive ADA Jack McCoy. When McCoy assumed the position of district attorney for New York County, Connie was partnered with Michael Cutter. Shortly after she began working for the DA's office, Connie had a brief affair with her supervisor Marcus Woll.

After relocating to Los Angeles to care for her ailing mother, Connie checked in with the Los Angeles DA's office, and began working with Deputy District Attorney Joe Dekker.

By 2014 Rubirosa has joined the United States Attorneys' Office and works as a Federal Prosecutor heading up a joint task force on underage sex trafficking.
District Attorney Jack McCoy [E.A.D.A. S05-S17; D.A. S18-S20], played by Sam Waterston

Jack McCoy grew up in the Midwest and moved to New York to attend New York University Law School. A charismatic and tough attorney who possesses great oratory skill and knowledge of the law, McCoy treats the cases he prosecutes like a gigantic chess game. Although he appears to be all work and no play, in the past he has had several affairs with assistants, one of whom he married and had a daughter with before they divorced. Outside of the courtroom, he spends his time on his Harley.
Assistant D.A. Claire Kincaid (Deceased) [S04-S06], played by Jill Hennessy

Kincaid worked her way up quickly in the DA's office. A staunch feminist with a penchant for Chinese food, Kincaid decided to become a lawyer in high school. She opposes the death penalty and her stepfather is a law professor.
Assistant D.A. Jamie Ross [S07-S08; recurring afterwards], played by Carey Lowell

Tough and ambitious, Ross was formerly a defense attorney with Gorton & Steinhart and is now divorced from attorney Neal Gorton, with whom she struggles for custody of their young daughter.
Assistant D.A. Abbie Carmichael [S09-S11], played by Angie Harmon

Originally, from Houston, Texas, ADA Abbie Carmichael joined homicide prosecution after making a name for herself in narcotics prosecution. An ambitious and independent young attorney, she often clashes with McCoy over how a case should be prosecuted. Her personal experience as a victim of rape has made her particularly aggressive when going after sex crime offenders.
Assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn [S12-S15E13], played by Elisabeth Röhm

Serena Southerlyn replaced A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael in the District Attorney's Office. Paired with E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy, Southerlyn had a more liberal view compared to D.A. Arthur Branch, which caused a hard relationship between the two. She was later fired because Branch felt she was too sympathetic for the defendants. It is then we understand that Southerlyn is lesbian. She asks Branch if that is the reason for her dismissal, where he assures her it isn't.
District Attorney Adam Schiff [S01-S10], played by Steven Hill (1)

Schiff (Seasons 1-10) is well aware of the impact that his office's homicide prosecutions have on New York -- and the country. After years working in the New York legal system, Schiff both influences and, at times, is influenced by public opinion and politics. His conservative bent often puts him at odds with McCoy and Carmichael, yet at the end of the day, no one carries the burden of their controversial prosecutions more than Schiff.
District Attorney Nora Lewin [S11-S12], played by Dianne Wiest

Nora Lewin (Season 11) took over the helm of the Manhattan DA's office when Adam Schiff retired. Described by creator/executive producer Dick Wolf as a "steel fist in a velvet glove," Lewin takes a more hands-on approach to the position. She also clearly has aspirations that go beyond her new position, which her staff soon realizes, and her decisions and actions sometimes reflect her political agenda.
District Attorney Arthur Branch [S13-S17], played by Fred Dalton Thompson

Branch graduated from Yale University and later was a professor at Yale Law School. He and his wife, Lillian, have lived in New York City since the early 1980s from the state of Georgia. They have at least one child, a son named Bobby. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. He speaks with a slight southern accent and commonly uses colorful metaphors.

Branch is elected the Manhattan District Attorney, replacing Nora Lewin; this would make him the first Republican to hold the position in 60 years. His administration is a sharp contrast to that of Lewin, as he has little difficulty in accepting capital punishment in certain cases and does not believe in the existence of a Constitutional right to privacy. He had written a book on the justice system and represented the Chinese government when he worked in private practice.

This often puts him in conflict with Jack McCoy, a relatively liberal centrist, as well as his previous assistant Serena Southerlyn, a liberal idealist and feminist. He has few quarrels with Alexandra Borgia, who is more conservative in her viewpoints than Southerlyn, in the mold of Southerlyn's predecessor, Abbie Carmichael. He is portrayed as having an amicable working relationship with the current Junior ADA, Connie Rubirosa. He also works closely with ADA Tracey Kibre and ADA Kelly Gaffney.

While his legal philosophy is decidedly conservative, he is not blindly partisan; he ascribes cynical, political motives to drug prohibition, refers to the National Guard as "the Dan Quayle Brigade", and is not averse to seeking alternatives to the death penalty when he thinks it appropriate.

Although he is personally pro-life, he orders Olivia Benson and Casey Novak to arrest a doctor who deliberately misleads a young pregnant woman to ensure her pregnancy would develop past the legal time limit for the procedure, thus prompting her to desperately ask her boyfriend to assault her to induce a still birth.

He fires Southerlyn because he feels she is inappropriately sympathetic towards the defendant she is prosecuting. Despite her parting fears, Branch says he is not firing her because she's a lesbian.

Upon Branch's departure, McCoy was chosen to serve out the remainder of Branch's term of office, but no reason for Branch's departure has been given.
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Mondays
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 13, 1990
Ended: May 24, 2010
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