Thursday, August 19, 2010

MCC YPs Profile: Sean Coffey, New York Democratic Attorney General Candidate

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee is hosting a Night with the New York Democratic Attorney General Candidates on Tuesday, August 24.   The event is free for all committee members, and $15 for non-members.  Please tell a friend!

The evening will be moderated by Greg David of the CUNY School of Journalism, and will feature three candidates: Richard Brodsky, Sean Coffey and Eric Dinallo.

Sean Coffey was born in the Bronx in 1956 to Irish immigrant parents. His father, John, was a union carpenter, and his mother, Mary, was a homemaker. To help pay for his education in parochial school, Sean followed in his father’s footsteps and worked as a carpenter’s apprentice, including working on the construction of the World Trade Center.

Sean graduated with merit from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1978. As a Navy officer, he was selected to serve as the personal military assistant to the vice president. After completing his active service, Sean continued to serve for an additional 18 years in the Navy Reserve. Sean retired as a Navy Captain in 2004 with several military decorations.

While working at the Pentagon and in the White House, Sean attended Georgetown University Law Center at night from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1987. In 1991, Sean was sworn in as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Sean eventually returned to private legal practice, and in 2005, was dubbed “Wall Street’s New Nemesis,” as the lead attorney in the WorldCom securities case. He helped to recover over $6 billion for thousands of investors, including the New York State Common Retirement Fund, and in a historic first, required the key wrongdoers to contribute from their personal funds.

Sean and his wife of more than twenty years, Anne Churchill, live in Westchester County with their children Kate, Cameron, and Conor.

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