Harvard Law School, JD 1995
Professor Coakley is a corporate transactional attorney with more than 25 years of experience in negotiation and management of a diverse array of commercial transactions. She most recently served as director of business and regulatory law for Retail Business Services, a division of Ahold Delhaize, a multi-billion dollar international grocery retail company operating supermarkets and e-commerce retail operations in the US and in Europe, including Stop & Shop, Giant, Giant/Martin’s, Food Lion and Hannaford supermarket chains, the Peapod online grocery service and Peapod Digital Labs (eCommerce and digital support services).
For the past 20 years Professor Coakley has been a trusted legal advisor and strategic thought partner to her business partners on a host of commercial and regulatory matters, providing extensive support to the Merchandising, Sourcing/Procurement, Supply Chain, Pharmacy, Fuel, IT, eCommerce Strategy, Human Resources, Not for Resale/Indirect Sourcing and Store Operations areas within the Ahold Delhaize companies. She has negotiated a full complement of corporate contracts, running the gamut from simple confidentiality agreements to complex global transactions, multi-million dollar product procurement and promotional agreements, data contracts (privacy, security, monetization), distributor contracts, professional services contracts, consulting contracts, vehicle and equipment leases, intellectual property licensing agreements, transportation and logistics contracts, health and welfare benefits contracts, and inter-company agreements.
Professor Coakley’s practice also has included managing antitrust compliance and training, antitrust litigation and government inquiries as well as negotiation and counseling pertaining to data monetization deals, data privacy matters, regulatory and corporate compliance matters, vendor policies and vendor dispute resolution. Prior to working for the Ahold Delhaize companies, Professor Coakley was a corporate associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston. A native of Boston, she has remained active in her community. Professor Coakley currently serves as a board member and clerk for CommonWealth Kitchen, a Boston nonprofit food business incubator that assists small local food businesses (primarily minority and women-owned) to be successful. She is a former director and co-chair of the board of directors of The Freedom House, a local Boston nonprofit that helps inner-city youth create pathways to success through education, community service and leadership development. Professor Coakley also serves as a mentor for students and young professionals. Professor Coakley is the proud mother of two amazing children. Professor Coakley graduated cum laude from Harvard-Radcliffe College, with an AB degree in government, earned her JD from Harvard Law School, and is an alumna of Boston Latin Academy.