Denise Cote is a federal judge for the Southern District Court of New York. After law school, Judge Cote clerked for Judge Jack B. Weinstein, U.S. District Judge in the Eastern District of New York, in 1975-76. She then worked in private practice as a litigator in New York City from 1976 to 1977 at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, and again from 1985 to 1991 at Kaye Scholer.
Judge Cote also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York in the office's Criminal Division from 1977 to 1985, and returned to the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1991 under U.S. Attorney Otto G. Obermaier to serve as Chief of the SDNY Criminal Division, the first woman to ever serve in that position. As Chief of the Criminal Division, she supervised approximately 140 lawyers and overhauled the USAO's training program for young attorneys. In 1994, Judge Cote briefly served as a Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., before joining the bench.
EDUCATION: St. Mary 's College, B.A.; Columbia University, M.A.; Columbia Law School, J.D.