Larry Cote – DEA Compliance Attorney
Larry Cote is one of the nation’s foremost Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) compliance attorneys. He focuses his practice on counseling clients across the spectrum of regulatory compliance and enforcement issues involving the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Having spent six and a half years heading up a national law firm’s DEA Compliance and Litigation Practice Group, Larry took the practice to his own firm, Cote Law PLLC, in 2018.
Larry’s clients span the health care and pharmaceutical industries, from manufacturers and wholesale distributors to pharmacies, hospitals, and individual practitioners. He brings to them a broad and deep expertise in all compliance matters arising under the CSA and DEA regulations. Larry also represents clients in administrative and civil litigation matters, having tried a wide variety of cases before DEA’s Administrative Law Judges.
In a series of positions at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Larry developed extensive litigation and government investigations experience. Immediately before his law firm tenure, Larry was associate chief counsel for the Diversion and Regulatory Litigation Section at DEA. In this position, he took a prominent role in many of DEA’s most significant enforcement actions and compliance efforts. Larry served as DEA’s legal adviser on matters regarding the diversion of legally-produced controlled substances and listed chemicals into illegitimate channels. He also managed a team of attorneys who represented the agency in administrative hearings regarding the revocation or denial of DEA registrations to handle controlled substances or listed chemicals, the scheduling of controlled substances, and the suspension of international shipments of listed chemicals.
Larry’s DOJ experience began as an associate general counsel at the Executive Office for Immigration Review. He then served as a trial attorney in the Civil Division. While at DOJ, Larry was detailed as a special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and as an ethics advisor for the Office of Counsel to the President of the United States.
Larry was a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Army Reserve, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In addition to his legal practice, Larry serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free.
- Albany Law School (J.D.)
- Union College (B.A.)
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
Professional and Civic Activities:
- CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America) (Board Member)
- American Society for Pharmacy Law (Member)
- Food and Drug Law Institute (Member)
2001 American Bar Association, Legal Assistance for Military Personal Award for service on the Joint Services Family Assistance Center Legal Team, which provided legal support to family members of the victims of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon