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Larry P. Cote, Esquire
Larry Cote is the founding partner of Cote Law PLLC, a Washington D.C. based law firm. Larry is one of the most preeminent and highly regarded Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) litigation and compliance attorneys in the country, counseling clients on a broad range of regulatory compliance and enforcement issues involving the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). He represents and advises manufacturers, wholesale distributors, pharmacies, hospitals, and individual practitioners on the full array of compliance matters relating to their obligations under CSA and DEA's regulations. He also represents registrants in administrative and civil litigation matters in actions brought under the CSA and has extensive experience trying cases before DEA's Administrative Law Judges.
Prior to entering private practice, Larry served as the associate chief counsel for the DEA's Diversion and Regulatory Litigation Section, where he worked at the forefront of the largest enforcement actions and compliance initiatives undertaken by DEA. In that capacity, he was DEA’s legal advisor on issues related to the diversion of legally produced controlled substances and listed chemicals into illegitimate channels. Prior to joining DEA, Larry was a trial attorney in the DOJ Civil Division and an associate general counsel at the agency's Executive Office for Immigration Review. During his time at the DOJ, Larry was also detailed to serve as special assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and as ethics advisor for the Office of Counsel to the President of the United States.
Larry is a graduate of Union College (Schenectady, NY) and Albany Law School. He is a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Army Reserve, and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.