Business 100 – 2018

John P. “Sean” Coffey/Kramer Levin

The oldest of seven children born to a mother from Cork and a father from Kerry, Sean Coffey is an accomplished trial lawyer who handles some of the nation’s most high-profile lawsuits. He offers clients the unique combination of a big-law lawyer and former plaintiffs’ lawyer once labeled “Wall Street’s New Nemesis” by Bloomberg Markets magazine. Sean also served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York.

An Annapolis graduate, Sean flew Cold War missions hunting Soviet submarines, interned for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and served as the personal military assistant to Vice President George Bush. Sean attended Georgetown Law at night while stationed in Washington, then returned home to New York to practice law. Sean continued to serve in the Navy Reserve for 18 years, during which he commanded a P-3C Orion squadron and a component of the USS Enterprise carrier battle group staff. Sean retired as a captain in 2004 after 30 years of uniformed service. In 2010, he ran a spirited but unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic nomination for New York attorney general. ♦