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Mr. Cohen has for decades been one of the leading matrimonial lawyers in the United States. He is one of, if not the, most well-regarded matrimonial attorneys currently in active practice in the United States. A small but representative sample of his clients, whose identities have been reported publicly, includes Michael Bloomberg, Christie Brinkley, James Gandolfini, Henry Kravis, Dina Lohan, Marla Maples, Tracy Morgan, Tommy Mottola, Athina Onassis, Chris Rock, Charlotte Sarkozy, Uma Thurman, and Ivana Trump. He has represented countless public figures and their spouse on a confidential basis, resolving their most sensitive and important disputes quietly, efficiently, and without publicity or fanfare.
In short, Mr. Cohen is at the top of a very short list of lawyers America’s most prominent citizens call when they need counsel. He represents the most accomplished individuals and their spouses in finance, real estate, business, public service, and entertainment. As a result of this extensive record of accomplishment, featuring more than a hundred reported decisions, he is also frequently called upon to represent individuals and their families in significant family law matters in state courts outside of New York, as well as in Europe and Asia.
Mr. Cohen regularly appears in court and has a well-earned reputation as a skilled and tenacious trial lawyer. But he settles the preponderance of his matters by negotiation or mediation. Indeed, it is his unparalleled reputation for courtroom savvy that has allowed him to settle so many matters for his clients without the cost and publicity of a trial.
In addition to the innumerable significant matrimonial settlements that he has negotiated, Mr. Cohen has also represented countless individuals in negotiating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Mr. Cohen is a sought-after lecturer and author and, since 2003, has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he teaches a course entitled “Anatomy of a Divorce.” In 2019, he was formally honored on the walls of Penn Law School for his continuing support of its students, faculty, and staff.
He has lectured on Family Law in New York, Europe, and Hong Kong. He is the author of the “anti-divorce book,” Reconcilable Differences published by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Cohen has also been recognized by the New York Times as one of the most important divorce lawyers in the United States and has been profiled by both the Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Cohen is a founding member of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. His biography appears annually in The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in New York, and Super Lawyers. He has been placed in the first tier of Chambers and Partners as has the Firm.
Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Alfred University and Fordham University Law School, where he served as an Editor of its Law Review. Following his graduation from law school and military service as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, Mr. Cohen worked from 1963 to 1968 at Saxe Bacon & O’Shea, with legendary lawyer Roy Cohn, and got his start in commercial litigation and matrimonial law. He was a narrator in the documentary film Where’s my Roy Cohn?, about Mr. Cohn’s life, released by Sony Pictures in 2019.
After departing Saxe Bacon & O’Shea, Mr. Cohen founded the firm Morrison Cohen, where for 19 years he was the firm’s Chairman and headed its matrimonial practice. In 2003, Mr. Cohen started Cohen Lans LLP, which in 2011 merged with Clair, Greifer LLP to form Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich LLP. Both predecessor firms had been named among the Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report in its 2010 inaugural edition, and Cohen Clair Lans Greifer Thorpe & Rottenstreich has been named to that list in each subsequent year.
Mr. Cohen lives with his wife in New York City and has four adult children. He has completed seven marathons.
In 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo named Mr. Cohen Chairperson of the Judicial Screening Committee for the First Judicial Department where he had been a member since 2012. The Governor also designated him as a member of the State Judicial Screening Committee.
Also in 2016, Mr. Cohen was appointed by Judge Peter H. Moulton, now a member of The Judiciary of the First Judicial Department in New York but then Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, New York County, as Chairperson of the Court’s Matrimonial Committee. In 2018, Mr. Cohen was reappointed by Judge Deborah H. Kaplan, who succeeded Judge Moulton as Administrative Judge. In that same year, he was appointed by Justice Alan Scheinkman as a Special Master in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Pilot Program in the Second Judicial Department. In 2019, Mr. Cohen was appointed by the Appellate Division, First Department, to serve on the Attorney Grievance Committee which investigates, reviews, and prosecutes complaints of attorney misconduct.
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