Martha Coakley

Martha Coakley

Of Counsel and Co-Chair, State Attorney General practice, Foley, Hoag; Former Massachusetts Attorney General

Martha Coakley is an accomplished litigator and public servant, elected as the first woman to serve as Attorney General of Massachusetts (2007-2015). 

As Attorney General, Martha was a national leader holding banks accountable; protecting civil rights, challenging the Defense of Marriage Act; dismantling and challenging human trafficking; and addressing health care and energy costs. She recovered hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars from investigations of Medicare fraud to the Big Dig. 

Martha first served as Assistant District Attorney in 1986, rising to the role of Chief of the Child Abuse Unit. She dedicated time to the Boston Organized Crime Strike Force at the invitation of the U.S. Justice Department. In 1998, Martha was elected Middlesex District Attorney, where she served 8 years as the chief prosecutor for the largest county in Massachusetts.  

Martha is a past President of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts. She currently serves on their Board of Directors.

Currently, Martha is Co-Chair of Foley Hoag's State Attorney General practice with practice focused on government, internal investigations, litigation, and data privacy and security.