Debra L.W. Cohn '77
Debra clerked for United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Judge James L. Oakes and then for United States Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. She served for several years as Assistant United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, and then as Special Counsel, United States Department of Justice. Debra initiated expanded enforcement in
healthcare fraud and corporate compliance.
In 1997, Debra was named Senior Counsel at ASI, Inc., where she served as counsel and advisor to a group of privately held media and marketing companies. In 1999, Debra was named Deputy Attorney General, New York State Department of Law. She oversaw the Criminal Division, where she was responsible for criminal prosecution and justice policy, focusing on healthcare fraud and patient abuse, government fraud, and environmental and other white collar crimes. Debra became a member of the executive staff. As Deputy Attorney General for Policy, she developed law, program, and policy initiatives and launched special litigation including financial and program integrity cases.
Debra went into the private sector in 2007, where she became Senior Counsel and Board member of CF Ventures, Inc., a privately held group of media and marketing companies including a 400-employee business publisher with $100 million in assets. Debra serves as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer for the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty.
Met Council is one of New York’s largest human services agencies, providing 100,000 New Yorkers with critical services. Debra taught for 10 years as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Law School.