Scott A. Coffina

Partner

856-488-7760

scoffina@mmwr.com

Philadelphia, Cherry Hill

Scott A. Coffina is a partner in Montgomery McCracken’s Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s White Collar and Government Investigations Practice. He is a trial lawyer and former federal and state prosecutor who represents corporate, university and individual clients in internal investigations, litigation, crisis management, political-legal controversies, and other enforcement actions. Scott draws on his extensive prosecution, high-level government, and private practice experience to advise clients in both the private and public sectors facing criminal or civil allegations of fraud and other misconduct.

Having previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney, senior deputy chief counsel to the Governor, associate counsel to the President of the United States, and most recently as the County Prosecutor of Burlington County, New Jersey, Scott brings a 360° approach to clients’ situations, addressing legal implications, and also potential collateral consequences, such as reputational harm and impact on the organizational culture. As the Burlington County Prosecutor, Scott oversaw investigations and prosecutions for all indictable offenses committed in the county. He oversaw the investigation of members of a street gang responsible for murder and other violent crimes, as well as a Paycheck Protection Plan fraud scheme, and brought charges against them under New Jersey’s racketeering statute. He also oversaw the investigation and successful prosecution of three individuals responsible for a fraudulent “GoFundMe” fundraising scheme that garnered national attention based upon a fake “feel-good” story concocted by the three defendants. And, responding to a dramatic increase in fatal overdoses in Burlington County, Scott resurrected New Jersey’s rarely-used drug-induced-death statute to investigate and charge over thirty drug dealers with first-degree crimes to raise the consequences when their customers died from the drugs they sold them. In other significant matters, he directed the investigation of a physician who allegedly was indiscriminately prescribing opioids to his patients, and a narcotics investigation resulting in money laundering charges against the suspects.

In private practice, Scott has led and/or conducted numerous internal investigations and represented the interests in government enforcement investigations of a variety of individuals and organizations, including pharmaceutical companies, colleges and universities, and government officials and agencies.

As Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, and Senior Deputy Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie, Scott represented the interests of the Executive in legislative oversight investigations, public policy issues, litigation, and political-legal controversies.

Scott graduated undergrad from Cornell University. He earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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Credentials

Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, “Executive Briefing: Recent Developments with Miranda,” New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police, September 2022
  • Co-Presenter, “When Charity Goes Wrong,” Institute for Jewish Ethics, September 2022
  • Guest Speaker, “The Rich Zeoli Show,” Talk Radio 1210 WPHT Philadelphia, August 2022
  • Presenter, “Upping the Ante: Prosecuting Drug Dealers for First-Degree Homicide for Drug-Induced-Deaths of Their Customers,” National District Attorneys Association 2021 Summer Summit, July 2021
  • Panelist, “Internal Investigations: Practical and Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel and Compliance Officers,” DELVACCA 7th Annual In-House Counsel Conference, April 2015
  • Presenter, “Synthesizing Areas of Overlap Between Title IX and the Clery Act,” Stetson University’s National Conference on Law and Higher Education, February 2015
  • Moderator, “Ensuring Compliance and Managing Risks in a Changing Environment: A Discussion with the General Counsel,” Stetson University’s National Conference on Law and Higher Education, February 2015
  • Panelist, “Not for the Faint-Hearted: Mounting a Strong Defense When the Government Is Your Adversary,” DELVACCA Chapter Litigation CLE Institute, October 2014
  • Panelist, “Managing Regulatory and Compliance Challenges,” Pennsylvania Bar Association, Inside-Outside Counsel Summit, September 2014
  • Panelist, “Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Industries Update,” DRI Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Conference, July 2014
  • Panelist, “An Insiders’ Guide to the Violence Against Women Act Negotiated Rulemaking: Implementing Changes to the Clery Act,” National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Meeting, June 2014
Selected Publications
  • Quoted, “5th Circ. Stance On Bribery Law Reinforces Circuit Split,” Law 360, August 2022
  • Author, “What Prosecutors Must Do to Protect Their Communities,” Fox News, August 2022
  • Author, “Justices Could Tighten Fraud Statute In Ex-Cuomo Aide Case,” Law 360, August 2022
  • Quoted, “Cannabis 2? Hesitation Greets Measure to Legalize Psychedelic Mushrooms,” Law.com, July 2022
  • Author, “Quick Take: Vega v. Tekoh, No. 21-499 (U.S. June 23, 2022),” July 2022
  • Mentioned, “NJ Senate Judiciary Panel Approves 2 County Prosecutors,” Law360, June 2022
  • Quoted, “Montgomery McCracken Adds Ex-NJ Country Prosecutor,” Law360, June 2022
  • Author, “Operation Helping Hand, Straight…to Treatment Saving Lives in Burlington County,” Courier Post, April 2021
  • Author, “Law Enforcement to Community: We Are Here to Listen, and to Learn,” Courier Post, June 2021
  • Author, “First Ladies Facing Ethics Complaints,” Legal Intelligencer, March 2015
  • Co-Author, “Going Overboard: U.S. v. Yates and DOJ’s ‘Most Serious Offense’ Charging Policy,” Legal Backgrounder for Washington Legal Foundation, January 2015
  • Author, “Is Obamacare in Critical Condition?” Legal Intelligencer, November 2014
  • Author, “Making the Clery Act a More Effective Crime-Reporting Tool,” Legal Intelligencer, September 2014
  • Author, “Will Courts Embrace DOJ’s New Definition of Willfulness for False Statement Prosecutions?” Legal Backgrounder for Washington Legal Foundation, September 2014
  • Author, “Issa’s On To Something,” National Review Online, July 2014
  • Author, “President’s Recess Appointments Struck Down in Noel Canning,” Legal Intelligencer, July 2014
  • Author, “Shaming Our Schools,” National Review Online, June 2014
  • Author, “Did Lois Lerner Waive Her Fifth Amendment Rights?” Legal Intelligencer, May 2014
  • Author, “Where Things Stand With Regulating ‘Dark Money,’” Legal Intelligencer, March 2014
  • Author, “The Perilous Legal Landscape of ‘Bridgegate,’” Legal Intelligencer, January 2014
Honors & Awards
  • Named “Prosecutor of the Year” by New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association (2021 – 2022)

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Professional Activities
  • Burlington County Bar Association, Co-chair of Professionalism Committee (2021 – Present)
  • County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (2017 – 2022)
    • President, November 2021 – May 2022
Community Involvement
  • Maryville Addiction Treatment Center (2022 – Present)
    • Member of Leadership Council to nonprofit addiction agency in New Jersey recognized as a leader in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Join Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (2022 – Present)
    • Participating in program to enhance relationships between military and civilian communities as Honorary Commander of 32nd Air Refueling Squadron
  • Jewish Family & Children Services (2019 – Present)
    • Member of Advisory Council to organization that provides critical social services to individuals and families in need throughout Southern New Jersey
Education

Law School

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School

Undergraduate School

  • Cornell University