Carrie H. Cohen

Carrie H. Cohen


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

Bar Admissions

New York

As a former federal and state prosecutor, Carrie routinely advises and represents corporations, boards, and c-suite executives in sensitive government-facing investigative and regulatory matters. Carrie’s extensive trial experience and distinguished record of success in high-stakes, white-collar defense and securities litigation cement her position as a leading lawyer in these practice areas. Carrie is recognized for her White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations capabilities by Chambers USA, which describes her as “. . .a terrific trial lawyer with great judgment and timing, [who] knows how to present complex cases in a digestible way.” Carrie also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Workplace Misconduct Investigations Task Force and frequently advises clients on these issues as well.

While serving as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Carrie investigated and tried public corruption, investment fraud, and securities cases. 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 for outstanding service.

Carrie serves on multiple bar organizations and task forces as part of her effort to promote the public interest through justice reform. Most recently, Carrie was named to the board of the directors of Volunteers of Legal Service, an organization that provides pro bono legal services to the New York community. Carrie also 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 with firm leaders to ensure the advancement of women remains a strategic priority. She also 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 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 is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Representative Experience

  • Public Corruption/Government Representation: Represent elected and appointed public officials and entities and individuals doing business with the government in a variety of public corruption related matters. Serve as Counsel to the MTA related to an examination of time, attendance, and overtime. Serve as Special Counsel to the New York City Council related to certain investigations of Council Members.
  • Financial Regulation: Represent banks and other financial institutions in investigations of regulatory and consumer fraud matters.
  • Securities Fraud: Represent corporations and individuals in a variety of criminal investigations and matters involving federal and state securities laws.
  • FCPA: Represent corporations in FCPA investigations and appointed by the United States Department of Justice to the Monitorship team in the criminal prosecution of Odebrecht.
  • Workplace Misconduct: Conduct investigations for corporations and boards related to workplace misconduct and #MeToo issues and provide related advocacy and legal advice.
  • Cybersecurity: Conduct investigations of cybersecurity incidents and represent companies in related government and regulatory matters concerning disclosure of data breaches, theft of intellectual property, and other issues.
  • RICO and Civil Fraud: Represent corporations in RICO and civil fraud related matters including at trial. Represent UPS at trial in case brought by the New York State Attorney General’s Office and the City of New York alleging illegal transportation of untaxed cigarettes, entitled State of New York v. United Parcel Service, Inc., 15 Civ. 1136 (KBF) (SDNY); on appeal, 17-1993 (2d Cir.).
  • 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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