Scott Coffina

Partner

Washington D.C.

(202) 230-5406 phone
(215) 988-2757 fax

Philadelphia

(215) 988-2706 phone
(215) 988-2757 fax

Scott A. Coffina is a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Team. His practice focuses on internal investigations, False Claims Act litigation, political-legal controversies, and additional civil, criminal or regulatory enforcement actions.

A former Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush from May 2007 until January 2009 and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Scott has substantial experience with Congressional oversight matters and high-stakes prosecutions.

Commercial Litigation. Scott has represented corporate, university and individual clients in a wide range of matters including allegations of improper marketing by pharmaceutical companies, false claims by a medical device manufacturer, fraudulent mortgage lending, fraud in Small Business Administration programs, income tax fraud, allegations of sexual misconduct and violations of the Clery Act. He also has assisted clients with investigating and pursuing recoveries in embezzlement cases, and in other affirmative anti-fraud litigation.

Advisor to the White House. While serving as Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush, Scott represented the interests of the President and Executive Branch in Congressional oversight matters and other investigations, and advised the White House staff on a wide range of political, government ethics and election law issues, including compliance with the Hatch Act. Scott also acted as the White House legal liaison to the Department of Energy, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Election Commission and the Office of Special Counsel, and evaluated and recommended candidates for federal judiciary appointments by the President. Scott also served in the Administration of President Ronald Reagan, in the White House Office of Political Affairs.

Former Assistant U.S. Attorney. Scott served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia from 1997-2001, pursuing monetary recoveries for fraud against the government under the False Claims Act and other statutes, and defending the United States and federal employees in civil rights, employment discrimination, medical malpractice and other litigation. He successfully argued twice before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, in Elman v. United States and Taylor v. Garwood.

In General. Scott is a frequent author and speaker. He has testified before Congress on political-legal issues, commented on national television and radio news programs and publications concerning political-legal controversies, and authored op-eds and articles for publications such as National Review Online, Politico.com, The National Law Journal and The Legal Intelligencer. He is on the board of the Committee of Seventy and a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, where he serves on the planning committee for the 2014 Annual Meeting. He also is a member of the DRI Committee on Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance. 

Scott began his legal career with the highly respected law firms Wiley, Rein & Fielding in Washington, D.C., and Miller, Alfano & Raspanti in Philadelphia, where he focused on developing anti-fraud investigations on behalf of major health insurers and whistleblowers, and on representing companies in fast-track government contracts litigation. Scott joined Drinker Biddle from Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads in Philadelphia.

Representative Matters

Recent representative matters:  

  • Represents a major public university in an ongoing investigation arising from allegations of sexual misconduct by a professor.
  • Has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Businesses in Lawson v. FMR, et al. (No. 12-3)
  • Has represented a major pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation into allegations of improprieties with its employee training program.
  • Has represented a government contractor in a bid protest related to the award of a contract for laundry services by a public university.
  • Has represented two higher educational institutions in investigations concerning research grant management.
  • Has represented an individual in an investigation involving alleged financial irregularities in a bridge construction project.
  • Has represented a former Department of Energy official in a House Oversight Committee investigation into the Department's handling of loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
  • Has represented a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in criminal and civil investigation by Department of Justice into off-label marketing.
  • Has represented a university client in defense of a Department of Education investigation into alleged Clery Act violations.
  • Has led an internal investigation, and obtained full recovery for a university client in connection with multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme.
  • Has represented and advised a client in connection with GAO audit into Small Business Administration loan program eligibility.
  • Has led internal investigation for a gas drilling company into multi-million embezzlement scheme.

Publications

03/25/2014
The Legal Intelligencer
Where Things Stand With Regulating 'Dark Money'
01/27/2014
The Legal Intelligencer
The Perilous Legal Landscape of ‘Bridgegate’
11/15/2013
National Review
The Unlawful Delay
10/01/2013
The Legal Intelligencer
The Ethically and Legally Questionable Campaign to Promote Obamacare
07/16/2013
The Legal Intelligencer
Supreme Court to Review President's Recess Appointment Power
06/03/2013
Client Alert
Supreme Court Decides To Hear Applicability of Sarbanes-Oxley’s Whistleblower Protections
05/29/2013
The Legal Intelligencer
Regulating Political Intelligence Is Less Than Intelligent
03/26/2013
Pennsylvania Law Weekly
The Legal and Ethical Issues Surrounding Organizing for Action
03/08/2013
Client Alert
Ninth Circuit Affirms Conviction and Sentence in InterMune Pharmaceutical Marketing Fraud Case
02/05/2013
The Legal Intelligencer
Our Overcriminalized Society and Methods for Ensuring Justice
01/16/2013
National Review Online
Gun Control by Executive Order?
01/02/2013
The Legal Intelligencer
Let's Have an Open Debate About Privacy
11/16/2012
Pharmaceutical Law & Industry Report
Coming Soon: Increased Scrutiny of Compounding Pharmacies
11/15/2012
White Collar Criminal Defense Alert
Conducting Sound Internal Investigations: Now More Important Than Ever
10/30/2012
The Legal Intelligencer
"Obama Administration's Disregard of the Hatch Act and What it Means"
10/19/2012
Client Alert
HHS-OIG Work Plan
09/13/2012
National Review Online
“Secretary Sebelius Violates the Hatch Act"
09/04/2012
The Legal Intelligencer
“The Winding Road of Pennsylvania's Voter ID Litigation"
08/16/2012
National Review Online
“House Republicans vs. Holder"
07/03/2012
The Legal Intelligencer
"Handicapping the Pennsylvania Voter ID Litigation"
07/03/2012
Inside Higher Ed
"When in Doubt, Investigate"
05/18/2012
National Law Journal
"Amending the Hatch Act”
03/08/2012
The Legal Intelligencer
The Stock Act: Working to Close an Egregious Loophole
07/29/2011
The Legal Intelligencer
"The Hatch Act: A Shadowy Minefield for Federal Employees"
01/14/2011
The Legal Intelligencer
"New Jersey State Senate: Your Move"
01/01/2002
ABA Litigation
"Claiming the Fifth in Civil Litigation"

Speaking Engagements

03/25/2014
Drinker Biddle Event
The Power of the Executive Branch
10/29/2013
14th Annual Pharmaceutical Regulatory and Compliance Congress
Handling Parallel Criminal, Civil and Administrative Investigations
06/27/2013
DRI Government Enforcement and Corporate Compliance Conference
Upon Further Review—Breaking Down the SEC Whistleblower Program
06/21/2013
National Association of College and University Attorneys Annual Meeting
Outside Investigations: When to Recommend Them and How to Survive Them
06/14/2013
The Andrea Tantaros Radio Show
05/21/2013
The Andrea Tantaros Radio Show
01/17/2013
The Andrea Tantaros Radio Show
10/25/2012
DRI 2012 Annual Meeting
SOX to Dodd-Frank—10 Years of Increased Government Enforcement and Current Trends
10/02/2012
ERAPPA Annual Meeting
Friends, Co-Workers & Thieves: Coping with Fraud
10/02/2012
Penn Inn at Court Quarterly Meeting
Presentation on the White House Counsel’s Office
09/06/2012
National Public Radio
All Things Considered
06/26/2012
Fox News Network
America Live With Megyn Kelly
05/16/2012
Witness in the House Oversight Committee Hearing on Amending the Hatch Act
06/21/2011
Witness in the House Oversight Committee Hearing on the Hatch Act
11/10/2010
Fox Broadcasting Company
Good Day Philadelphia
11/01/2010
Technology and Research Compliance Seminar for the National Association of College and University Attorneys
Ethics and Internal Investigations
10/01/2010
DRI Annual Meeting
Internal Investigations
06/01/2010
Fox News Channel
Fox & Friends
05/28/2010
Fox News Channel
Hannity
05/01/2008
MMI Preparatory School
Commencement Speaker
11/01/2006
Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' "Criminal Law for the Experienced" Seminar
Nuts and Bolts for Federal Sentencings

Recent representative matters:  

  • Represents a major public university in an ongoing investigation arising from allegations of sexual misconduct by a professor.
  • Has filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the National Federation of Independent Businesses in Lawson v. FMR, et al. (No. 12-3)
  • Has represented a major pharmaceutical company in an internal investigation into allegations of improprieties with its employee training program.
  • Has represented a government contractor in a bid protest related to the award of a contract for laundry services by a public university.
  • Has represented two higher educational institutions in investigations concerning research grant management.
  • Has represented an individual in an investigation involving alleged financial irregularities in a bridge construction project.
  • Has represented a former Department of Energy official in a House Oversight Committee investigation into the Department's handling of loans under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing Loan Program.
  • Has represented a major pharmaceutical manufacturer in criminal and civil investigation by Department of Justice into off-label marketing.
  • Has represented a university client in defense of a Department of Education investigation into alleged Clery Act violations.
  • Has led an internal investigation, and obtained full recovery for a university client in connection with multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme.
  • Has represented and advised a client in connection with GAO audit into Small Business Administration loan program eligibility.
  • Has led internal investigation for a gas drilling company into multi-million embezzlement scheme.