Celia Cohen

Co-Head of Financial Institutions, United States
Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3350
New York
United States
T:+1 212 318 3350
Celia Cohen

Celia Cohen



Celia Cohen has significant experience in dealing with white collar defense, internal and government investigations, including investigations of whistleblower claims. A former federal prosecutor, white-collar defense lawyer and in-house attorney, Celia has the insight to advise and defend clients using her expertise handling issues relating to fraud, bribery, money laundering, market manipulation, cybersecurity and matters under the False Claims Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Sarbanes-Oxley Act. 

Prior to joining Norton Rose Fulbright, Celia served for more than five years as Assistant General Counsel at J.P.Morgan Chase, where she led internal investigations for J.P.Morgan Chase's Government, Investigations & Regulatory Enforcement Group. In that capacity, she has successfully overseen complex investigations spanning multiple jurisdictions, has led multiple federal and state False Claims Act investigations. She also represented the bank in response to whistleblower matters and inquiries from the Office of the Comptroller, the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, state and federal prosecutors as well as various federal and local law enforcement agencies.

As Assistant US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York from 2009-2015, Celia prosecuted some of the most high-profile matters in the office. She tried nine jury trials to verdict, including an al-Qaeda terrorism trial, a major racketeering case involving six murders and a death penalty case involving the murders of two undercover New York City Police detectives. During her tenure, she handled cases involving securities fraud, international wire fraud, terrorism, cybercrime, healthcare fraud and racketeering.

Before entering public service, Celia practiced for a decade at two major international law firms where she represented individuals and corporations in a variety of white collar and civil litigation matters. In that role, she successfully obtained a full acquittal in a healthcare fraud trial in NY state court. She also successfully obtained a dismissal of insider trading charges brought by the SDNY and the SEC.

Professional experience

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JD, magna cum laude, Syracuse College of Law, 1999
BA, University of Delaware, 1996

  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Defense of a corporation concerning SDNY Civil Investigative Demand in False Claims Qui Tam litigation
  • State False Claim Act investigation related to the submission of false utility rebates in connection with state utility rebate programs
  • Defense of a corporation in a DOJ investigation involving corruption allegations under the FCPA
  • Conducted internal corporate fraud investigation
  • Defense of a corporation in an investigation by the SDNY, the SEC and the Manhattan DA's Office concerning allegations that investors were misled in connection with a bond offering
  • Conducted internal corporate investigation related to corruption allegation in India
  • Conducted internal corporate investigation involving unauthorized trading activity and defense of corporation in FINRA inquiry
  • Conducted internal corporate investigation related to potential bond trading manipulation
  • United States v. Ronell Wilson - death penalty trial involving the murder of two New York City Police detectives
  • United States v. Christian John - lead prosecutor in a six murder RICO trial, which led to the conviction a violent crew who committed numerous murders, robberies and assault
  • United States v. Abid Naseer - prosecuted and convicted an al-Qaeda terrorist charged with providing material support to al-Qaeda as part of a conspiracy that included a plot to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, England and the New York City subway
  • Successfully obtained a full acquittal as defense counsel on behalf of medical professional client in a healthcare fraud trial
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of insider trading charges by the SDNY and the SEC.
  • The Department of Justice Director's Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant US Attorney, 2014
  • The Federal Law Enforcement Foundation Award, 2014
  • The Detective Endowment Association's Person of the Year Award, 2014
  • Awarded by the United Kingdom Counterterrorism Unit of the Greater Manchester Police for successfully securing a major international terrorism conviction, 2015
  • Panelist, International Legal Alliance Summit - Global Investigations, FCPA, June 2019