Friday, May 20 2022

Prosecutor Scott A. Coffina

Scott A. Coffina was sworn in as the Burlington County Prosecutor on March 31, 2017, continuing a distinguished legal career in both private practice and public service.

Prior to becoming Prosecutor, he had served as the Senior Deputy Chief Counsel to Governor Chris Christie since August 2015.

During remarks for the swearing of Prosecutor Coffina, Governor Christie told the crowd that Scott was highly respected during his time working in the New Jersey State House because he was known as someone who would advocate for decisions to be made based on right and wrong, regardless of the political implications.

“In Scott Coffina, I can tell you that you have someone with unquestionable integrity,” Governor Christie said.

Prosecutor Coffina joined the Christie Administration from Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP, where he was a partner in the firm’s White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations practice group. His practice focused on representing corporate, university and individual clients in internal investigations, False Claims Act litigation, political‐legal controversies, and other enforcement actions. He has also been a partner at Montgomery McCracken in Philadelphia and began his legal career as an Associate at Wiley Rein in Washington, DC.

Prosecutor Coffina has held a number of additional public service positions. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia from 1997 to 2001. He also was an Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush from May 2007 until January 2009, where he advised White House and Administration officials on a wide range of legal matters, represented the interests of the President in Congressional oversight investigations and evaluated candidates for judicial appointments in the District of Columbia and Eleventh Circuits. Previously, he served in the White House Office of Political Affairs under President Ronald Reagan.

As Prosecutor, he has implemented several initiatives impacting public safety, focused on gun violence, online exploitation of children, and the epidemic of substance use disorder. The BCPO’s “Enough is Enough” initiative promoted shared resources across municipalities during a time of increased gun violence in Burlington County. “Operation Safe Quarantine” was an operation targeting the online exploitation of children during the pandemic, when children had more screen time and thus were more susceptible to online predators. Prosecutor Coffina also initiated the “Straight to Treatment” and “Operation Helping Hand” programs, increasing access to treatment for people facing substance use disorder. He also has prioritized first-degree drug-induced-death prosecutions, raising the consequences for drug dealers who have dealt the fatal dose to overdose victims.

Prosecutor Coffina received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Supreme Court. He resides in Marlton with his wife and three sons.