President Biden Announces Ten Key Nominations (Sean Coffey, 13th Co.)

WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to nominate the following ten individuals to serve in key roles:

  • María Luisa Pagán, Nominee for Deputy United States Trade Representative, Geneva Office
  • Christopher Wilson, Nominee for Chief Innovation and Intellectual Property Negotiator, Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • Leopoldo Martinez, Nominee for Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank
  • M. Fabiana Jorge, Nominee for Alternate Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Sasha Baker, Nominee for Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
  • Sean Coffey, Nominee for General Counsel of the Department of the Navy
  • Sarah H. Cleveland, Nominee for Legal Adviser of the Department of State
  • Joshua Frost, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, Department of the Treasury
  • Amy Loyd, Nominee for Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, Department of Education
  • Sam Slater, Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority

John “Sean” Coffey, Nominee for General Counsel of the Department of the Navy

John P. (“Sean”) Coffey is a retired Navy captain and former federal prosecutor who currently serves as the Chair of Complex Litigation at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York City.  The oldest of seven children born to Irish immigrants, Coffey is an honors graduate of the United States Naval Academy and Georgetown University Law Center.  After graduating from Annapolis, Coffey completed Naval Flight Officer training and served eight years on active duty, including assignments as a P-3C Orion mission commander, junior officer intern to the Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and personal military assistant to Vice President George H.W. Bush.  After completing Georgetown Law’s evening program while assigned to the Pentagon and White House, Coffey transitioned to the Navy Reserve and returned home to New York to begin his legal career.  Coffey has over three decades of active, high-profile trial experience, including serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York and, in private practice, as co-lead trial counsel in the landmark WorldCom securities case.  While practicing law in New York, Coffey continued to serve for eighteen years in the Navy Reserve, where he commanded a reserve P-3C squadron and the reserve component of the Enterprise carrier battle group staff, and served as a staff officer in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He retired at the rank of Captain in 2004 after thirty years of uniformed service. 

Coffey has long been active in philanthropic and educational efforts.  He is currently the president of the Federal Bar Foundation, a not-for-profit that supports law-related programs located in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. He also serves on the boards of the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center, Common Cause New York, and ThanksUSA, a not-for-profit that provides scholarships for military dependents.  Coffey is also a member of the board of visitors at Georgetown Law, where he has taught trial practice as an adjunct professor.