Northeastern Law Welcomes Antoinette Coakley as Assistant Dean of the Bar Success Program


10.12.22 — Northeastern University School of Law is pleased to announce that Antoinette Coakley, an educator and corporate transactional attorney with more than 25 years of experience, will join the university faculty effective October 17, 2022, as Associate Teaching Professor and Assistant Dean of the Bar Success Program.  

 “Antoinette Coakley is a proven leader in the field of law,” said Dean James Hackney. “It is our great honor and joy to welcome an attorney of her caliber to lead our students through the complex process of studying for, and taking, bar exams across the nation.”  

Coakley, who taught Negotiation at Northeastern Law in the spring 2022 semester, 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).  

During her tenure at the Ahold Delhaize companies, Coakley served as 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, Fuel, IT, eCommerce Strategy, Human Resources, Not for Resale/Indirect Sourcing and Store Operations groups. 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 agreements, consulting and services agreements, data contracts (privacy, security, monetization), and intellectual property licensing agreements. Coakley’s practice also has included developing and delivering antitrust and contracts compliance training, managing 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. She has trained, supervised and mentored junior associates, paralegals, contract administrators and student interns. Prior to working for the Ahold Delhaize companies, Coakley was a corporate associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston.  

A native of Boston, Coakley is active in her community. She 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. She also serves as a mentor for students and young professionals. 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. In 2022, she completed a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate Program at Cornell University.  

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country. Northeastern guarantees its students unparalleled practical legal work experiences through its signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. More than 1,000 employers worldwide in a wide range of legal, government, nonprofit and business organizations participate in the program. With a focus on social justice and innovation, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experiences to successfully practice law.

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