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Michael Cofield

Senior Attorney

Michael Cofield is a Senior Attorney with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he previously worked on Central Asia programs and currently works on Intellectual Property, Insolvency, Legal Professional Development, and Corporate Governance Programs in Armenia and Georgia. Prior to joining CLDP, Mr. Cofield worked as a Trade Enforcement Analyst at the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC), analyzing Russian and Russian-language law, policy, and practice in support of interagency trade enforcement and negotiation efforts on a variety of Russia- and regionally-focused trade issues.  Prior to ITEC, Mr. Cofield worked on a number of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases arising in Russian speaking countries.  Before that, Mr. Cofield worked as an associate at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, where he concentrated primarily on surety law and reinsurance matters.

Mr. Cofield is a first generation professional and was a first generation student. He was a Dean’s Scholar at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and received his undergraduate degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University.  He is admitted to practice law in the state of California and in the District of Columbia.  He is a fluent Russian speaker.