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Sarah Coyne

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

New York, NY, USA

Sarah Coyne is a counsel in the firm’s Litigation Department and a member of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group. She handles a variety of white collar matters and investigations, including those involving 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.

Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Ms. Coyne was a federal prosecutor for 14 years, starting 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. As a prosecutor, Ms. Coyne tried numerous cases to verdict and 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 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.

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.


  • New York University School of Law, 1998, J.D.
  • Georgetown University, 1993, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York




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