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Maria J. D’Avanzo


Maria D’Avanzo is a Partner in Coffey Modica’s White Plains office. A former C-Suite Executive with many years of experience in Real Estate, Compliance, Data Privacy and Investigations, Maria services our business clients with their needs in these areas. As a member of the firm’s Excess Trial Team, Maria brings her years of litigation experience representing Fortune 500 companies and her in-house perspective to provide an added dimension to the Team’s capabilities.

200 E Post Road, Suite 210
White Plains, NY 10601
212-827-4501, Ext 1234



Maria has a proven track record in real estate, privacy, cyber, compliance, and investigation matters. She is a recognized thought leader in ethics and compliance and a sought-after speaker on Department of Justice changes, investigations, whistleblower programs, culture, compliance, data privacy, and ESG.

Before joining Coffey Modica, Maria served as Chief Evangelist Officer at Traliant, a private equity-backed human resources, ethics and compliance, and privacy e-learning provider; and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer for Cushman & Wakefield, a global leader in commercial real estate services. During her tenure at Cushman & Wakefield, D’Avanzo built a global ethics and compliance program from the ground up as well as a global data privacy program, with a focus on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). In addition, Maria has served as Deputy Chief Compliance Officer for AIG Asset Management, where she led a team that managed regulatory compliance matters on behalf of registered investment advisers and broker dealer entities in North America.

In previous roles, D’Avanzo was Chief Compliance Officer and Vice President of Starwood Capital, and founding partner of D’Avanzo & Morreale, a niche law firm specializing in real estate, financial and corporate transactions.

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  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States District for the Eastern District of New York
  • United States District for the Southern District of New York


  • NASD Series 7 and 24
  • NASAA Series 63

Memberships & Associations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)


  • St. John’s University School of Law, JD
  • College of the Holy Cross, BA