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 has a distinguished record of success in the courtroom handling high‑stakes litigation, with a particular focus on white-collar and securities cases. Prior to joining the firm, she was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she tried public corruption, investment fraud, and securities cases, including securing the conviction of Sheldon Silver, the longtime Speaker of the New York State Assembly, on corruption and money laundering charges. Ms. Cohen also served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, as Chief of the Public Integrity Unit in the Criminal Division, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau, receiving the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for outstanding service.

Ms. Cohen is an experienced trial attorney, having tried both criminal and civil cases, and has vast experience conducting large and complex criminal and civil investigations involving federal, state, and local agencies and regulators. In addition to being the lead prosecutor in the Sheldon Silver case, Ms. Cohen has been lead or co-lead counsel on other significant public corruption cases, including the prosecution of then-state Comptroller Alan Hevesi for personal use of state employees’ time, and on investment and securities fraud trials, including a significant multi-stock securities fraud case and an $80 million Ponzi scheme case. As a former federal and state prosecutor, Ms. Cohen focuses on white-collar criminal matters, internal investigations, securities and investment fraud cases, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and bribery, procurement, money laundering, and enterprise corruption cases. Prior to her government service, Ms. Cohen spent six years in private practice, including as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster.

Ms. Cohen is a bar association leader and regular speaker at white-collar and bar association programs. Among her many public service roles, Ms. Cohen has held numerous bar leadership positions, including serving as the past Vice President of the New York City Bar, chair of its Executive Committee, and a member of its Nominating Committee, and former Chair of the Federal & Commercial Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Cohen currently serves on the Advisory Group to the New York Federal-State Judicial Council, as a representative to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, as a member of the Federal Bar Council, American Inns of Court, and as a member of the New York Chapter of the Women’s White Collar Defense Association. Ms. Cohen has also been a leader in advancing women in the legal profession both in the United States and globally. She co-authored the recent and acclaimed New York State Bar Association report recently adopted by the American Bar Association “If Not Now, When?: Achieving Equality for Women Attorneys in the Courtroom and in ADR” and currently 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.

Ms. Cohen is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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.
  • 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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