Carrie H. Cohen

Carrie H. Cohen

Education

Cornell University (B.A., 1989)
University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., 1993)

Bar Admissions

New York

Carrie H. Cohen is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Investigations + White Collar Defense Group in New York where she co-chairs its Workplace Misconduct Task Force and routinely advises and represents corporations, boards, and c-suite executives in sensitive investigative and regulatory matters and bet the company criminal and civil cases.

A former federal and state prosecutor, Carrie investigated and tried public corruption, investment fraud, and securities cases while serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. She also served as Chief of the Public Integrity Unit in the Criminal Division in the New York State Attorney General’s Office and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau, where she received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award. She currently serves on the New York State Bar Association’s Wrongful Convictions Task Force and the New York County Lawyer’s Association Plea Bargaining Task Force as well as being a Trustee of the Federal Bar Council and a member of the Federal-State Judicial Advisory Council. Carrie is also recognized by Chambers USA for her White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations capabilities where she is described as “…a terrific trial lawyer with great judgment and timing, [who] knows how to present complex cases in a digestible way.”

Carrie has long been a leader in advancing women in the legal profession both in the United States and globally. She co-chairs Morrison & Foerster’s Women’s Strategy Committee, a group that works closely with firm leaders to ensure the advancement of women remains a strategic priority and serves as a member of the New York City Bar’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, where she spearheads a professional development program for women attorneys in Latin America and South Africa. Carrie also co-authored the recent and acclaimed New York State Bar Association report adopted by the American Bar Association “If Not Now, When?: Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR.”

Carrie earned her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she is currently an Adjunct Professor and her B.A. from Cornell University.

Representative Matters:

  • Appointed by the United States Department of Justice to the Monitorship team in the criminal prosecution of Odebrecht for violations of the Federal Corrupt Practices Act brought by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.
  • Represent a transportation company at trial in the Southern District of New York for a civil case brought by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the City of New York alleging illegal transportation of untaxed cigarettes.
  • Represent a privately held company in a class action in the Eastern District of New York alleging consumer fraud and RICO claims.
  • Represent an investment adviser charged in the Eastern District of New York with alleged investment fraud.
  • Represent a real estate executive charged by the New York State Attorney General’s Office with alleged bid-rigging; obtained a dismissal of the criminal complaint with prejudice.
  • Represent a New York State judge charged with bribery in state court by the New York State Attorney General’s Office.
  • Represent a venture capital fund manager charged in the Southern District of New York with securities fraud; obtained a significantly below-guidelines sentence.
  • 2019 – New York White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations – Chambers USA – Ms. Cohen is recognized as a leading lawyer in New York by Chambers for her White-Collar and Investigations practice.
  • 2018 –Top 250 Women in Litigation – Benchmark Litigation This award recognizes women who have earned their place amongst the leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients.
  • 2018 – Women in Investigations – Global Investigations Review GIR’s Women in Investigations survey recognizes the top 100 leading female investigations specialists from around the world.
  • 2018 – Dispute Resolution – Legal 500 US Ms. Cohen is recommended as a leading lawyer in Corporate Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense.
  • 2016 – Litigation Trailblazers – National Law Journal NLJ’s annual Litigation Trailblazers series honors lawyers who “have moved the needle with innovative legal strategies.
  • 2016 – Top Women in Law – New York Law Journal This distinction recognized Ms. Cohen’s significant contributions to the legal community and her dedication to raising the bar for women in the legal industry.
  • 2016 – First Annual Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom – Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association – The NYSBA award honors “a female litigator who has distinguished herself in the courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and has shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys in the legal community.”

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