Bernstein Litowitz partner Sean Coffey http://www.blbglaw.com/attorneys/data/coffey_john is exploring a run for New York Attorney General, according to the Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog, http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2009/10/15/coffey-may-run-for-new-york-ag-would-target-what-else-wall-street/.
Coffey, as anyone in the securities litigation bar knows, is an ENORMOUS star: a retired Naval captain, former federal prosecutor and Lawdragon 500 standout.
He retired from the Navy in 2004 after 30 years of uniformed service, which included serving as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Navy as Mission Commander of a P-3C Orion patrol plane and as the personal military aide to Vice President George H.W. Bush. While in the Navy Reserve, he commanded a P-3C squadron and the Reserve component of the Enterprise carrier battle group.
As a lawyer, he helped win $6 billion for investors of WorldCom, obtained a $217 million settlement from Arthur Andersen in conjunction with the failed Baptist Foundation of Arizona and won $475 million for Louisiana police officers dissatisfied with their share of the Chicago Board of Trade buyout. Most recently, he has led class actions against Lehman Bros. and Merrill Lynch over mortgage related losses. He and fellow Bernstein Litowitz titan Max Berger have also anchored class actions against HealthSouth, Merck, Refco and Delphi.
The Law Blog said Coffey would step down from the firm to consider a bid, which he would not make if current AG Andrew Cuomo remains in office.