Mr Douglas Koff > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > New York, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10022
United States
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Work Department

Antitrust, Broker-Dealer Regulatory & Enforcement, Litigation, Regulatory & Compliance, Securities Enforcement, White Collar Defense & Government Investigations


Douglas I. Koff is co-chair of the firm’s White Collar Defense & Government Investigations Group. Doug represents clients in high-profile civil and criminal proceedings, as well as investigative matters. He is best known for supervising these types of matters for financial institutions and broker-dealers as well as representing executives in the crosshairs of the government regulators and criminal authorities. Doug has been actively engaged in cases involving financial service institutions, broker-dealers and corporate executives relating to securities, derivative products and other complex financial instruments. In this regard, he has advised and defended companies and corporate executives in virtually all types of inquiries by civil and criminal authorities (as well as SROs) into business practices on Wall Street, including a wide array of matters involving the financial crisis. Doug has also handled major civil litigations and arbitrations involving a broad spectrum of substantive legal issues, including fraud, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, reinsurance, piercing the corporate veil, mergers and acquisitions, and money laundering, as well as federal securities law. Additionally, Doug has handled numerous civil and criminal matters involving allegations of antitrust violations.

Doug has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, which noted that he is “hard working, attentive and client-focused,” “extraordinarily focused and tenacious,” and “a smart, thorough litigator who is always on top of things.” Chambers also noted that he “has everything on his radar screen” and has a “remarkable ability to get along with anyone, making it his business to develop a rapport with other attorneys involved in his cases.”


New York City Bar Association; Former Co-Chair, UJA Criminal Law Group; Federal Bar Council.


Columbia Law School, JD, (Managing Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review); Earlham College, BA.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

The team at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP is most noted for its defense of individuals in government investigations and enforcement actions, but it is also instructed by a range of corporates and financial institutions. On the coporate side, the group currently represents a variety of pharmaceutical companies in relation to FCA violations and cases arising from the opioid crisis. Other areas of expertise include FCPA and sanctions work, both of which are areas of expertise for New York’s Gary Stein. The group is co-led by veteran trial lawyer in New York Barry Bohrer, Washington DC’s Adam Hoffinger, a compliance and investigations expert, and Douglas Koff, also in New York, who focuses on representing financial institutions and broker-dealers in criminal proceedings and government investigations.