For Immediate Release - February 16, 2012

AG Coakley Appoints New Leadership to Office

Newly Appointed Deputy Attorney General, Bureau Chief, and Division Chief

BOSTON – Attorney General Martha Coakley is pleased to announce several new appointments to her leadership team, all of whom bring extensive litigation and management experience to their new roles and a passion for public service. 

AG Coakley has appointed Christopher Barry-Smith as Deputy Attorney General, Maura Healey as Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau, and Stephanie Kahn as Chief of the Consumer Protection Division. 

As Deputy Attorney General, Barry-Smith will be responsible for supervising the Business & Labor and Public Protection & Advocacy Bureaus.  An Arlington resident, Barry-Smith is a graduate of Harvard University and William & Mary Law School.  He has served as the Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau, Consumer Protection Division Chief, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division.  As part of his duties, Barry-Smith has led the efforts to address the mortgage foreclosure crisis, including the lawsuit that the Attorney General’s Office filed against the five major banks, false claims and other important public protection issues in the Commonwealth.  Barry-Smith previously practiced commercial litigation and intellectual property law in Boston. 

“Chris is an excellent lawyer who has served with great distinction in the Attorney General’s Office,” AG Coakley said.  “His leadership and insight have been integral in our efforts to combat the foreclosure crisis and our continued work to advocate on behalf of consumers.  Our office is driven by the extensive experience and hard work of our attorneys and we know Chris will be critical to these ongoing efforts.”     

Maura Healey, a Charlestown resident, is a graduate of Harvard University and Northeastern University School of Law.  She has served as Chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Attorney General’s Office since 2007.  As part of her duties, Healey has overseen the investigation and prosecution of civil rights cases in the areas of mortgage lending, housing, education, public accommodation, health care, and hate crimes.  Healey also spearheaded the Attorney General’s lawsuit to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act, winning the case in the District Court, and now pending before the First Circuit.  Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, Healey was an attorney at Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr, LLP, where her practice focused on complex commercial litigation, securities litigation and enforcement, and government investigations.

“Maura has been a champion for the rights of citizens in Massachusetts and is the perfect choice to lead our Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau,” AG Coakley said.  “Throughout her tenure, she has made many valuable contributions to the office and will provide tremendous leadership in her new role.”

Stephanie Kahn, a Brookline resident, is a graduate of University of Massachusetts, Amherst and Boston University School of Law.  She has served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division for eight years prior to her appointment as Deputy Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau (PPAB) in 2008.  As Deputy Chief of PPAB, Kahn helped identify and oversee the enforcement and policy priorities throughout the Bureau, ensuring consistently high quality in PPAB’s pleadings and advocacy.   In the Consumer Protection Division, Kahn concentrated on elder law, obtaining nursing home receiverships to protect residents, combating deceptive foreclosure rescue schemes, and has long been an advisor to the entire office with respect to bankruptcy matters.  Prior to joining the Attorney General's Office, Kahn was a bankruptcy and commercial litigator for 15 years in the private sector.       

“Stephanie’s work and leadership in the Attorney General’s Office have been exemplary,” AG Coakley said.  “She is a well-versed attorney whose knowledge and skill will be invaluable in our efforts to protect and advocate on behalf of consumers throughout the Commonwealth.”   

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