Melissa Coffey

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​Melissa Coffey is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is vice chair of the Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice. Her practice concentrates on representing companies and individuals in investigations and proceedings involving the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and other regulators. Ms. Coffey also has extensive experience conducting internal investigations.

Ms. Coffey has experience with False Claims Act qui tam (whistleblower) investigations and litigation, representation of public companies and their officers, directors and employees in SEC enforcement matters, representation of accounting firms in PCAOB enforcement matters, and internal and government investigations and related litigation, all involving a variety of alleged wrongdoing. She also has diverse experience with complex civil litigation. Ms. Coffey has represented individuals and private and public companies in the accounting, retail, financial services, pharmaceutical, home health, medical supplies, automotive and high technology industries, among others.

Ms. Coffey also has extensive experience with facilitating the efficient review of large volumes of electronic data, including through predictive coding, in connection with internal and government investigations. She is a member of the firm's e-Discovery committee.

Prior to joining Foley, Ms. Coffey worked for WilmerHale LLP in Boston, where she focused on securities litigation and enforcement matters, pharmaceutical investigations and other white-collar matters, and complex commercial litigation.

Practice Areas

  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Government Contracting, Bid Protests and the False Claims Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Internal Investigations
  • Qui Tam; Whistleblower Defense
  • SEC Enforcement
  • Securities Litigation
  • White Collar Crime