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ABOUT COLEEN

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I was born and raised in Philadelphia and was the first in my family to attend college. My greatest accomplishment was inspiring both of my parents to obtain their college degrees. My younger sister followed in my footsteps and is now a successful lawyer.  


After graduating from Princeton University, my first job was as an Assistant Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia.  I then attended New York University School of Law.  I was awarded an academic fellowship, honored with an award at graduation for my achievements, and co-wrote a law review article and a book on the Mafia with my criminal law professor.  I have published law journal articles throughout my career since then. 


My federal clerkship following law school was unique in that my judge sat on both the district court and appellate panels. This provided me with the opportunity to author trial and appellate court opinions. At the conclusion of my clerkship I began a career in private practice.  


I practiced with top law firms and was trained by some of the best litigators, criminal defense lawyers, and appellate attorneys in the United States. My focus was on the representation of global companies and individuals in bet-the-farm litigation, white-collar criminal cases, and appeals. For example, I briefed, argued and won a groundbreaking case on behalf of an online data broker in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. See Gordon v. Softech Int’l, Inc., 726 F.3d 42 (2d Cir. 2013). The decision helped to save the client’s business. 


In private practice, I have dedicated a significant amount of my practice to pro bono work.  That includes representing indigent defendants through my appointment to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. I am now honored to serve on the CJA Panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  I have also served on non-profit boards such as Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly, and as Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Delaware County, PA.


In the public sector, I served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey and specialized in the prosecution of complex white-collar crimes. I also prosecuted international narcotics trafficking, immigration offenses, and weapons crimes. I handled numerous trials as well as appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  I was honored to receive the Integrity Award for my outstanding performance on a high-profile case.  In the public sector I also served as First Associate Commissioner of the New York City Department of Investigation. 


Since 2013 I have created and taught fourteen CLE courses for attorneys across the country on topics that include trial advocacy, criminal law, and attorney ethics. Like research and writing, teaching is a long-time passion of mine.

 

I am licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.  My personal time is spent with my family, especially my nephew Eli and my niece Izzy. 


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