Sarah Coyne is the Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. In this position, she is responsible for supervising criminal prosecutions relating to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, securities fraud, and corporate corruption. Prior to this role, Ms. Coyne was the Deputy Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section and the Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Section. In these positions, she has led numerous high-profile cases, including the investigation of Polo Ralph Lauren for FCPA violations.
Ms. Coyne has received several awards for her extraordinary work, including the Investigative Award from the Council of the Inspectors General and the Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention. She was also named the ‘Prosecutor of the Year; by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation.
In the words of the HLS community member who nominated her, “During my time at the office, she imparted onto me two important lessons I have continued to carry with me. First, a case is never black-and-white. Difficulties arise, since the law lends itself to ambiguities, and the facts are not always what one wants them to be. As a result, the best outcome can result only when there is an equal focus on the law and the facts. Second, Sarah showed me on a daily basis what it means to live a life in law dedicated to serving others. Her unflagging commitment to public interest has instilled in me a desire to do good and meaningful work for the people I serve, in whatever capacity and context I find myself in. She is my source of inspiration.”