John P. Coffey
Partner & Chair of Complex Litigation, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law
B.S., United States Naval Academy; J.D., Georgetown
B.S., with merit, United States Naval Academy; J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Coffey is a partner and Chair of Complex Litigation...Continue Reading
B.S., with merit, United States Naval Academy; J.D., magna cum laude, Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Coffey is a partner and Chair of Complex Litigation at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York City. Earlier in his career, Mr. Coffey served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (Criminal Division) for the Southern District of New York, litigation partner at Latham & Watkins LLP, co-managing partner at the boutique plaintiffs litigation firm Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP, and co-founder of a private equity start-up focused on commercial litigation finance. An experienced trial lawyer, Mr. Coffey has tried cases as a federal prosecutor, plaintiff's attorney and defense attorney. He recently served as co-lead trial counsel for former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre in the S.E.C. v. Tourre civil enforcement action (also known as the "Fabulous Fab" case), tried in federal court in Manhattan in July 2013. While at Bernstein Litowitz, Mr. Coffey led teams that recovered almost $10 billion for defrauded securities investors and served as lead lawyer in two of the largest civil cases ever to go to trial: the WorldCom Securities Litigation and the Baptist Foundation of Arizona audit malpractice case. Mr. Coffey's role in the WorldCom prosecution was featured in two American Lawyer articles ("Taking Citi To School" (December 2004) and "Breaking The Banks" (November 2005)), and a profile in Bloomberg Markets ("Wall Street's New Nemesis" (September 2005)). Mr. Coffey was named one of the country's "top ten" winning trial attorneys by the National Law Journal in 2005, and was repeatedly selected as one of Lawdragon's top 500 American lawyers prior to his retirement from Bernstein Litowitz to run for the Democratic nomination for New York Attorney General in 2010 (finishing third in a field of five candidates). A retired Navy Captain, Mr. Coffey's naval career included assignments as personal military assistant to Vice President George H.W. Bush and commanding officer of a reserve P-3C Orion squadron and the reserve component of the Enterprise battle group staff. Mr. Coffey is a member of the Georgetown Law Board of Visitors, the American Bar Association's Committee on Corporate Laws, and the New York City Bar Association's Committee of Financial Reporting. He also serves on the boards of Common Cause New York, the Holocaust and Human Rights Education Center, the Council for Unity and Greenhope Services for Women.