Partner at Coffey Burlington, PL, concentrating on complex litigation at trial and appellate levels, in federal and state courts; founding member of Coffey, Aragon, Martin & Burlington (1988-1993); and Greenberg, Traurig (1978-1988) heading the firm’s banking litigation division (1984-1988). Mr. Coffey is a former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Florida (1993-1996); and most recently Chair, Southern District Conference, Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (April 2009 – present). He is annually recognized as one of Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, Florida “Super Lawyer,” and South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyers” , recognized by the National Law Journal as one of its Lawyers of the Year for 2000, as Member of Gore Legal Team.
A frequent teacher and guest lecturer, he has been Guest Legal Analyst providing legal commentary for international networks: CNN International, Telemundo, Univision, Canadian Broadcasting Company; national networks: CNBC, CNN, CNN Headline News, FOX, MSNBC and NBC; and local television: ABC-10, CBS-4, América TeVe, Telemundo-51, Univision-23, TeleMiami. As a teacher, Mr. Coffey is adjunct faculty member for University of Miami School of Law, Florida Constitutional Law (2008 – present); Trial Advocacy Program (1991 – 1993); and a Lecturer in trial skills and substantive law for The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Dade County Bar Association, University of Miami School of Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc., National Business Institute, Inc. and CLE International, Inc.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
Immigration Coordinating Committee (2001-2002); Co-Chair, Immigration Law Committee, Section of Litigation (2001-2002); Legal Assistance to the Poor Committee (1991-1996); Special Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services (1991-1993); Chair, Kid’s Voting (Florida), Inc. (1991-1992)
THE FLORIDA BAR
Legislation Committee (1991-1992); Rules of Civil Procedure Committee (1985-1987); Florida Bar Foundation, Director (1995-1996); Legal Assistance to the Poor Committee (1991-1996)
DADE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
President (1990-1991); Officer (1985-1990); President, Young Lawyers Section (1984-1985)
Chair, Kid’s Voting (Florida), Inc. (1991-1992); Florida Children’s Campaign (Dade Planning Committee and Leadership Team); Director, Florida Foster Care Review, Inc.; Trustee, Transition, Inc.; Florida International University Council of 100; Law Education Advisory Board; Leadership Miami Planning Committee; St. Thomas University School of Law