Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley Joins Foley Hoag

Brings decades of experience in key industries, civil and criminal law

May 20, 2015

Former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley will join Foley Hoag LLP in the firm’s Boston office on May 26, bringing decades of experience at the highest levels of civil and criminal law. Coakley will work in several of Foley Hoag’s key practice areas, including healthcare, education, finance, energy, data privacy and security, and government and internal investigations.

Coakley’s legal career spans more than 30 years. It includes private practice and a succession of high-profile public sector positions, most notably her eight years as Massachusetts Attorney General, from 2007-2015. Prior to her election as Attorney General, she was elected as the District Attorney for Middlesex County (Massachusetts), serving in that role from 1999 through 2006. She was a prosecutor in the Middlesex DA’s office from 1989 until she was elected District Attorney, and also served as special attorney with the United States Department of Justice Boston Organized Crime Task Force. Before entering public service, Coakley was a civil litigator with two law firms based in Boston.

“Martha will be an enormous asset to the firm and our clients,” said Co-Managing Partner Adam Kahn. “She will be joining a team of experienced, practical lawyers who have an exemplary record of conducting complex and sensitive investigations, finding creative solutions to difficult problems, and aggressively litigating when necessary. We are extremely happy with her decision to join us.”

“Foley Hoag has a national reputation for excellence and integrity in legal practice. It has also shown a consistent commitment to important social issues in Massachusetts. It works actively to promote diversity and to create opportunities for people through its pro bono program and the Foley Hoag Foundation. It is a firm where I can pursue interests I’ve had throughout my career and branch out into new areas,” Coakley said. “I’m very much looking forward to contributing to the firm’s success and the success of its clients.”

Coakley joins a number of former state and federal prosecutors who have established successful government investigation practices at Foley Hoag, including Michele Adelman, Kevin Conroy, Martin Murphy, Dean Richlin and Nicholas Theodorou. Conroy served as Deputy Attorney General for Coakley and Richlin served as First Attorney General for Coakley’s predecessor Tom Reilly. Theodorou and Coakley formerly worked together at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. Coakley and Murphy worked together as prosecutors in the Middlesex DA’s office.

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