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Mary Ellen Coffay, Esq.:

Mary Ellen was born with a competitive spirit. She spent much of her life competing in various sports including: field hockey, swimming, and track and field. It was from her experiences as a competitive female athlete that she acquired her desire to work in sports.

Mary Ellen attended the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia, South Carolina for her undergraduate studies. While at USC, Mary Ellen majored in Political Science and minored in Philosophy. Throughout her time at the University of South Carolina, Mary Ellen was a passionate sports fan and an involved student. Mary Ellen was a member of Delta Zeta National Sorority and played on the University’s club field hockey team.

After graduating magna cum laude from USC, Mary Ellen moved to Miami, Florida where she attended the University of Miami School of Law. While attending law school Mary Ellen participated in the school’s Litigation Skills Program where she received an award of Honors. Mary Ellen also participated in the University of Miami School of Law’s prestigious Innocence Clinic, where she vigorously advocated on behalf of the wrongfully convicted. Mary Ellen graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in May 2018 cum laude and is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.

Mary Ellen started working for Jason A. Setchen, P.A. in May 2016 as a Law Clerk. During her time as a clerk, she was exposed to several NCAA matters including the Brian Bowen/NCAA matter as well as other high-profile administrative matters. Mary Ellen focused a significant portion of her Clerkship working on several complicated family law cases involving professional athletes represented by the firm. Mary Ellen joined the firm as an Associate Attorney upon her admission to the Florida Bar. As an Associate, Mary Ellen has continued to work on several high profile NCAA administrative matters and has dedicated much of her time focusing on the firm’s more complex litigation and family law matters.


  • BA, University of South Carolina
  • Juris Doctor, University of Miami School of Law

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida

Honors and Awards:

  • President’s Academic Achievement List, University of South Carolina
  • Dean’s Merit Scholar, University of Miami School of Law
  • Law Litigation Skills Honors Recipient, University of Miami School of Law