Caitlin McGowan Vaughn is Director of Public Client Case Development at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Public Client practice. In this role, Ms. Vaughn investigates and develops cases filed on behalf of state attorneys general and public sector clients in cases involving consumer protection.
Prior to joining Cohen Milstein as a Director of Case Development, Ms. Vaughn was Law Fellow at the firm, where she assisted the firm’s Public Client attorneys with investigations into entities responsible for the marketing, distribution, and sale of opioids, and supported the development of deceptive marketing, public nuisance, and negligence cases.
Before that, Ms. Vaughn worked for several years in the New York State Senate in the capacity of Counsel to several senators, including Senator Sue Serino, Chair of the Senate Aging Committee; Senator Stephen M. Saland, Chair of the Senate Codes Committee; and Senator Kemp Hannon, Chair of the Senate Health Committee. Ms. Vaughn was also the Director of the Joint Legislative Commission on Rural Resources on behalf of Senator Catharine M. Young.
Ms. Vaughn was a consultant and a Duke University Global Health Fellow assigned to the World Health Organization’s Tobacco Free Initiative in Geneva, Switzerland.
Ms. Vaughn received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Cornell University. She received her J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law, where she was the winner of the Moot Court Honor Society, Grossman Competition. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Georgetown University. Her Ph.D. dissertation studied the potential for political bias in state retirement system investment strategies.
Ms. Vaughn's legal publications include Copyright Infringement and Bankruptcy: The Meaning of Willful in Two Statutory Schemes, SYR. SC. & TECH. LAW REP., 2009, http://sstlr.syr.edu/.