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The General Counsel of Morgan Lewis, Michele A. Coffey focuses her practice on representing financial institutions and their employees in investigations and enforcement actions by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other agencies. One of the leaders for the litigation practice’s financial services practice, she also represents clients in state and US federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. Michele frequently lectures on securities regulatory and enforcement issues.
Some of the world’s top financial institutions have turned to Michele to handle multiple high-stakes investor and employee disputes in FINRA and other arbitral forums. She has experience in SEC investigations into issues including market manipulation and insider trading, and in FINRA inquiries into short selling, mark-ups, front-running, and other trading practices.
Prior to assuming her role as General Counsel of the firm, Michele held several leadership positions at Morgan Lewis.
An avid golfer, Michele earned a B.A. at the University of Utah and a J.D. at New York University School of Law.