Sarah Coyne is a partner in Weil’s Litigation Department and a member of the Firm’s global White Collar Defense, Regulatory and Investigations practice. She handles a wide range of civil and criminal white collar matters, as well as internal investigations, and has experience across industry sectors, with an emphasis on financial institutions.
Ms. Coyne is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, where she was Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section. She is ranked among the leading lawyers in New York for White Collar Crime and Government Investigations by Chambers USA, which quoted a source describing her as “the kind of person you want in your corner; she will not compromise her client's interests for anything.” She was the inaugural winner of “Best in White Collar Crime” at Euromoney's Americas Women in Business Law Awards in 2019, and was shortlisted again for the award in 2020. In 2018, she was featured by Global Investigations Review as one of the top 100 “Women in Investigations” worldwide, and has been recognized nationally by Legal 500 for Corporate Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense since 2017, including as a “Next Generation” lawyer. She is currently named a “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation, and is recognized in Euromoney’s White Collar Crime Expert Guide.
Prior to joining Weil, Ms. Coyne was a federal prosecutor for 14 years, first in the District of New Jersey, then moving to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, where she worked for 11 years. In these roles, Ms. Coyne prosecuted or supervised a number of high-profile matters, including those involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities and investment fraud, and off-label promotion in the healthcare space. She also tried 14 jury trials and argued seven successful appeals before the Second Circuit, and one before the Third Circuit. As Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section, Ms. Coyne supervised 15 prosecutors working on white collar criminal matters.
Recent notable experience includes representing:
U.S. Ski & Snowboard sports association in connection with various congressional inquiries.
a major financial institution in connection with investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the SEC into a purported theft by a former employee of millions of dollars from client accounts.
a senior banker at a financial institution in connection with an SEC investigation into failed Puerto Rico municipal government bonds.
a New York police union in connection with an investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York into alleged corruption in a county police force.
a global payment provider with respect to a U.S. Attorney’s Office investigation into allegations of overbilling and a related class action filed in the Eastern District of New York, as well as an internal investigation regarding alleged fraud by an employee accused of embezzlement.
an executive at a life sciences laboratory in connection with an investigation by the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York into allegations of improper Medicare billing.
a former executive at a life sciences laboratory in connection with an investigation by the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York into allegations of improper Medicare billing.
a global investment management firm with respect to an investigation brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey in connection with allegations of insider trading.
- a former hedge fund founder with respect to an investigation by the U.S Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York for securities fraud.
- a foreign individual in connection with the investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York into the FIFA corruption scandal.
- numerous executives of financial institutions in securities fraud investigations.
Ms. Coyne is a frequent speaker on white collar and related topics such as the FCPA, and currently serves as a Lecturer of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she teaches a course on white collar crime.
Upon graduating from law school, Ms. Coyne clerked for two years for the Hon. Maryanne Trump Barry, both at the District Court level and at the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She earned her J.D. in 1998 from New York University School of Law, and received her B.A. from Georgetown University, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1993.