Mr. Cohen has been engaged in the practice of law for over twenty-five years, being admitted to the bar in 1977. Mr. Cohen has attained an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, signifying that he is considered by his peers to be preeminent in his field and of the highest ethical standards. He is also a member of Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in The World. Mr. Cohen has been certified by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education as a specialist in Labor and Employment Law.

Mr. Cohen received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1973 from the University of Florida, and his Juris Doctor in 1976 from the University of Miami. He is admitted to the Florida Bar, the Montana Bar, the Bars of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Additionally, Mr. Cohen is a member of the American Bar Association, including sections on Labor and Employment Law and Litigation, and the Florida Bar’s Sections on Labor and Employment Law and Local Government Law.

Mr. Cohen has been practicing law in the areas of public pension, labor law and local government law since 1977. He is a former Assistant City Attorney for the City of Miami, where he served as counsel to the City’s Retirement Systems. While employed as an Assistant City Attorney, Mr. Cohen gained experience in municipal law, including public records and open meetings laws. While at Paul, Landy, Beiley and Harper, P.A. Mr. Cohen worked in the litigation section, litigating all types of business disputes, including disputes involving contract formation and interpretation, securities law violations, and fiduciary duties and responsibilities. This government and business law experience provided Mr. Cohen with an excellent foundation for the merger of business and government, which is the hallmark of a public pension system.

Since 1987, Mr. Cohen has devoted his practice to employee benefits, employee rights, and fiduciary responsibility. Mr. Cohen represents numerous government pension plans as general counsel and has served as counsel on special projects to government pension plans. He has extensively litigated matters involving public pensions including Chapter 112, Part VII, fiduciary responsibility and contractual issues with vendors.

Mr. Cohen is General Counsel of the Florida Public Pension Trustees Association (“FPPTA”), a not-for-profit association dedicated to the education of Florida public pension trustees. Mr. Cohen is certified by the FPPTA as a Certified Public Pension Trustee.

Mr. Cohen regularly lectures on subjects such as Chapter 112, Part VII, Chapters 175 & 185, Deferred Retirement Option Plans (“DROP”), disability law, fiduciary responsibility and domestic relations issues as it relates to public pension plans. He has lectured for several national organizations such as the Institute for International Research, Information Management Network and the International Research Group.

Practice Areas

  • Labor Relations
  • Employee Benefits
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Employment Litigation
  • Discrimination Litigation
  • Employment Contracts
  • Arbitration, Trial, and Appellate Practice

Bar and Court Admissions

  • 1977, Florida
  • 1977, U.S. District Court, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
  • 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 1992, Montana

Recognition

Education

  • 1976, J.D., University of Miami School of Law
  • 1973, B.A., with honors, University of Florida

Professional Memberships

  • The Florida Bar (Local Government Law and Labor and Employment Law Sections)
  • American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law and Litigation Sections)

Prior Professional Experience

    • Assistant City Attorney, Miami, Florida, 1979-1983
    • Paul, Landy, Bailey and Harper, P.A., 1983-1987