STRONG ADVOCACY AND HONED TRIAL SKILLS BRING RESULTS
Cohen's advocacy of his clients is tireless, whether the case involves construction, civil rights, professional negligence, or any other matter requiring tenacity and experience. An example of Mr. Cohen's perseverance is the Drum case, which spanned seven years and numerous legal motions and appeals before a jury awarded $7.9 million to an injured Pittsburgh worker in November, 2003. Cohen stepped into the litigation after James T. Drum lost his first trial and, after appeals to the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts, Cohen won a new trial in the case. It was the second jury that found for Drum, who suffered a 12-foot fall from a raised forklift.
In 2013, Cohen obtained a recovery of 2.9 million dollars for a produce delivery driver who sustained a mild brain injury in the workplace, and in 2012, Cohen obtained a recovery of 1.5 million dollars on behalf of a newborn that died due to medical negligence, nearly two million dollars on behalf of motorcycle crash victims, as well as nearly a million dollars on behalf of a police whistleblower in NJ. In 2011, Cohen obtained a $20 million judgement on behalf of a woman who was severely injured by a drunk driver, who had been served alcohol in multiple bars before causing a horrific crash. Also this year, Cohen has assumed the lead in several high profile cases, some of which involve: the wrongful death of an infant who was improperly fed through a misplaced SVC catheter after crucial x-rays were mislabeled by hospital staff ; the brain injury of a video producer who was assaulted at an Atlantic City resort, the mangling of an Allegheny County factory worker in a meat grinder; the stabbing of an Atlantic City casino patron in an unguarded bathroom; the brain injury of a produce delivery truck driver, upon whom bay delivery doors collapsed without warning at docks in Philadelphia; the paralysis of a Camden, NJ public housing tenant, who tragically fell on ignored ice and snow on a pubic walkway, permanently injuring her spinal cord; the threatened murder of a Philadelphia Police Officer by her own patrol partner, who placed a loaded pistol to the victim's head and forced her to beg for her life; the wrongful death of a Philadelphia mother and her unborn child from preeclampsia; and the senseless beating of a Burlington County, NJ bar patron, who was brutally attacked in full view of a security camera and severely injured by patrons who were served while drunk at the same bar.
In 2010, Cohen was lead counsel in a construction, building design, and product liability case that resulted in a settlement of $5.35 million on behalf of a Lehigh Valley factory worker who lost his leg.
Cohen has also often worked for the public good, as he did in a federal case in which he engineered a settlement with the City of Philadelphia in a police cell room suicide case that has resulted in a monetary recovery and in a pilot project to subject all detainees to video monitoring to help prevent the common tragedy of pre-trial suicides.
Cohen recently won a $5.12 million settlement for the estate of a 16-year-old boy who drowned in western PA after he was taken by a school supervisor on an unauthorized off-campus swimming outing. The settlement was announced in October 2009.
Only a month earlier, Cohen won a $3 million settlement for the family of a cement truck driver who was killed when the vehicle struck a ditch and its 40,000-pound mixer dislodged, rolled forward and crushed the cab. The negligence and product liability case settled in Northampton County, PA.
Just prior to that case, Cohen was lead counsel in two suits that resulted in multi-million dollar settlements. In one, a negligent maintenance case, a $4.5 million agreement was reached for a 38-year-old Philadelphia city employee who was trapped in an elevator and then fell down the shaft during a rescue attempt. In the other, Cohen won a $3 million settlement in a negligent security case for a young woman who was raped inside her apartment by an unknown assailant.
Earlier, Cohen was able to win a rare verdict against the Philadelphia Police Department for the family of a man who had been arrested and later died in a police van due to mechanical asphyxiation caused by a malfunctioning seat belt. Police claimed immunity under state law, but Cohen argued successfully that the van should not have been used and the officers failed in their duty to protect the man from injury while he was in their custody. A jury agreed and delivered a verdict for the city to pay $241,301 in damages.
In 2007, Cohen was lead counsel in a Centre County case that resulted in a settlement of more than $3 million for the estate of a woman and her infant son who were killed in a 52-car pileup on I-80 in central Pennsylvania. Suit was filed against other drivers and trucking companies whose vehicles were traveling too fast in whiteout conditions in the Dec. 28, 2001 crash.
Earlier that year, Cohen was lead counsel in a Philadelphia case that resulted in a seven-figure settlement for an ironworker who suffered leg, back and head injuries after he fell through a concealed hole in a roof.
In 2006, he tried a highly publicized case that resulted in an $8.3 million federal jury award for a woman who had been sexually abused by two Philadelphia police officers.
A few months earlier, Cohen was lead counsel in a trial that resulted in a Philadelphia jury verdict of $6.5 million for a 34-year-old mason who was injured while working at a Merck & Co. facility in Lansdale, PA.
Cohen was selected as among the top attorneys in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers 2006, 2007, 2008. 2009 and 2010 following balloting among the state's 39,000 attorneys and review by a special blue-ribbon panel.
That honor came, coincidentally, after Cohen in May 2006 won a $5 million judgment for a Philadelphia police officer who was severely injured when a drunken driver plowed into his police cruiser. Among the defendants was the tavern at which the driver had been drinking before the collision.
Cohen in November 2004 won a $3.5 million settlement with the City of Philadelphia for a 27-year-old man who suffered brain damage after attempting suicide in a city jail. The agreement in the civil rights case came on the seventh day of trial and after Cohen delivered a stirring closing speech in which he blamed the city for failing to properly train officers and safeguard Christopher Foster, who had been known to have attempted suicide in the past.
Cohen was co-trial counsel in a case that produced a $22 million verdict for a woman who suffered brain damage after giving birth. Ana Gomez had suffered bleeding in her uterus but it took doctors and staff at Atlantic City Medical Center more than an hour to get her blood for a transfusion. As a result, Gomez went into cardiac arrest and lost oxygen to her brain. She was left disabled, unable to feed or bathe either herself or her newborn daughter. The $22 million verdict was the largest involving a personal injury case in New Jersey for 2003 as catalogued by the New Jersey Law Journal.
Cohen was also co-counsel on a number of other prominent cases, most notably a $20.8 million jury verdict for a podiatrist who lost her foot as the result of an unrelated medical error and a $5.8 million award for an Atlantic City hotel worker who was prescribed the wrong anti-malaria drug before a trip to Africa and later died of complications related to the disease.
In 2002, Cohen again was co-counsel in a case that resulted in a $10 million jury verdict in New Jersey for a 13-year-old boy who suffered brain damage after eating a peanut candy on Christmas Day 1996. Doctors had failed to inform the child’s parents of the severity of his allergy and they failed to prescribe an EpiPen injection. As a result of the allergic episode, Ray Varghese was rendered a quadriplegic, unable to move or talk.
Cohen also served as co-counsel on the highly publicized case of Helen Shapiro, an 87-year-old tenant who died in her apartment when the air-conditioning was turned off for several days while repairs were ongoing. The landlord, a major real estate conglomerate, offered a $10,000 settlement. A jury awarded $600,000, a relatively large award for an elderly person. However, because of a pre-trial agreement made with the landlord, Shapiro’s family ended up with a settlement for a different sum – $1 million.
Cohen earned his B.A. from George Washington University and graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1993. He was an Assistant Philadelphia District Attorney, where he served in the Major Trials Unit, from 1993 to1998.
Cohen is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington.
He is a member of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and American bar associations, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice and the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a member of the American Association for Justice.