Since arriving at Stroock, Mr. Cohen has represented and actively counseled individuals and corporations that have been investigated and/or prosecuted for alleged federal racketeering, securities violations, tax evasion, bribery, fraud, corruption, obstruction of justice, money laundering, environmental offenses, and customs violations involving alleged international frauds. He has also represented attorneys on ethical issues and in disciplinary proceedings in a number of jurisdictions in the New York area.
His representations, described here without names because of the sensitivity of most of his matters, have included:
- Attorneys. Mr. Cohen has represented attorneys under inquiry and investigation, both in criminal and in disciplinary proceedings, involving alleged contemptuous behavior, HUD fraud, bank fraud, estate fraud, false advertising, tax violations, racketeering, and insolvency proceedings.
- Public Officials. Mr. Cohen has represented high-ranking public officials in federal, state and municipal government, as well as judges and judicial assistants who were investigated, prosecuted or required to give testimony in various proceedings. Key representations include the then second highest elected New York State public official, a key member of the New York City Mayor’s cabinet, and a high-ranking figure in New York’s Democratic Party who was prosecuted for federal racketeering charges.
- Securities Offenses. Mr. Cohen has represented individuals regarding federal and state securities and commodities offenses, including, recently, a highly publicized federal securities criminal complaint in which there was a full dismissal of the criminal charge, and in another case, the successful withdrawal of an SEC Wells Notice in Illinois.
- Internal Investigations. Mr. Cohen has conducted internal investigations on behalf of corporations, municipal unions and law firms. Such representations have resulted in exonerations as to wrongdoing on behalf of the entity clients, and successful referrals to criminal authorities on behalf of the corporate entity clients of the individuals whose conduct was under scrutiny.
- Media. Mr. Cohen represented a substantial print media enterprise that was charged criminally, and its individual owners, who had been under investigation, for conduct relating to false advertising. The representation of the enterprise involved grand jury subpoenas implicating a variety of First Amendment issues, including access to sealed court proceedings.
- Charitable Organizations. Mr. Cohen successfully represented one of the largest, worldwide communal organizations in an investigation by the New York State Attorney General’s Office for alleged violations of its charitable status under New York law. He has also represented charitable institutions in connection with Attorney General approvals.
- Insurance Industry. Mr. Cohen has represented significant insurance companies, agencies, brokerages, and adjusters involving federal and state criminal charges and investigation relating to improper fee payments, overcharges, false SEC filings, kickbacks and false financial reporting.
- Health Care. Mr. Cohen successfully represented a large hospital involving alleged fraud in a municipal contract, as well as other private hospitals in connection with regulatory and criminal inquiries. Mr. Cohen has also represented a leading health care provider and pharmacists in investigations by state and federal authorities, including alleged Medicaid/Medicare fraud violations.
- Taxes. Mr. Cohen has represented accounting firms and professionals under investigation for criminal violations, including tax shelters and the facilitation of money laundering. He also represented a number of individuals charged with federal and state tax violations.
- Forfeiture Proceedings. Mr. Cohen has represented individuals whose funds were the subject of civil seizure orders and criminal forfeiture proceedings as a result of alleged illegal conduct in New York and Florida.
- Environmental Violations. Mr. Cohen has successfully represented a number of individuals and corporations, including one development in a lengthy federal court proceeding spanning more than a decade, which alleged violations of the Endangered Species Act and its New York State counterpart.
- Customs Violations. Mr. Cohen has represented both public and private corporations criminally charged with large conspiracies to violate federal customs statutes in New York and Florida.
- Government Contracts. Mr. Cohen has represented both public and private corporations charged with government contract fraud involving various types of military procurement in New York, California and Pennsylvania.
- Sports, Gaming and Entertainment Industry. Mr. Cohen represented a key sports trade group criminally charged with federal gaming violations in Louisville, Kentucky. He has also represented a significant casino entity in a grand jury investigation by the New York County District Attorney’s Office, as well as a number of New York nightclubs and owners in connection with state grand jury and SLA proceedings.
- Business Consulting. Mr. Cohen represents a number of business consulting entities with respect to grand jury investigations and subpoenas on an ongoing basis in various jurisdictions around the country.
- Real Estate Industry. Mr. Cohen has represented significant New York builders and real estate management companies in internal investigations, as well as relating to federal and state grand jury subpoenas and criminal investigations of improper business practices.
- Banking. Mr. Cohen has represented a number of domestic banks in New York and two Swiss banks (New York and Florida), as well as banking officials in connection with grand jury investigations of alleged money laundering.
- Member, Federal Bar Council
- Former Member, New York State Judicial Conduct Commission
- Adjunct Professor, Fordham
- Guest, Chicago Bar Association podcast, “The Peaking Beneath the Blindfold Edition,” June 6, 2018
- Member, New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct, 2010-present
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, Professional Responsibility, 2005 – present
- Adjunct Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, Professional Responsibility, 2002-2006
- “Contingency Fee? When Hourly Fees Run too High in a Criminal Case,” New York Law Journal, August 13, 2018
- “Do Talking Head ‘Experts’ Have Special Ethical Responsibilities?” New York Law Journal, June 11, 2018
- “When the Criminal Lawyer Shields the Client,” New York Law Journal, April 9, 2018
- “Why Mueller Should Agree Not to Prosecute the President For Interview Lies,” Law & Crime, March 6, 2018
- “Counseling About Criminal Exposure: Lessons From The Post,” New York Law Journal, February 14, 2018
- “Judge Kozinski: Will Due Process Emerge?” New York Law Journal, December 14, 2017
- “When His Witness Has Lied… And the Prosecutor ‘Knows’ It,” New York Law Journal, September 29, 2017
- "Are Today's 'Deep Throats' Doing the Right Thing?" The New York Times, May 31, 2017
- "Do Judges Contribute to Injustices? A Conversation with Judge Jed Rakoff," ABA Journal, April 13, 2017
- "The Ethics of 'Holding Out' on Your Client," New York Law Journal, April 6, 2017
- "Should Judges Consult Their Personal Moral Convictions?" Slate.com, March 28, 2017
- "Should the President Get to Pick Supreme Court Justices?" Slate.com, February 24, 2017
- "When Lawyers and Judges Criticize Jury Verdicts," New York Law Journal, February 10, 2017
- "Incrementalism and the 'Long View' of the Law" Federal bar Council Quarterly, Dec./Jan./Feb./2017,
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- "The Lawyer As 'Acquired' Friend," Huffington Post, May 12, 2016
- "When Adjournment Requests Are Critical," New York Law Journal, April 12, 2016
- "Helping Juries to Better Reach Untainted Verdicts," Huffington Post, February 16, 2016
- "Can the Superseding Indictment Process Be Abused?" New York Law Journal, February 9, 2016
- "Changing a Criminal Client’s Social Media Pages," New York Law Journal, December 8, 2015
While not relating to his law practice, Mr. Cohen has also authored four books dealing with religion:
- Gehinnom, available gratis at [email protected], 2011
- David and Bathsheba: Through Nathan’s Eyes, Paulist Press, 2007
- Moses and Jesus: A Conversation, Dorrance Publishing Co. Inc., 2006
- Moses: A Memoir, Paulist Press, 2003
New York, 1968
U.S. Tax Court, 1969; U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1972; U.S. Supreme Court, 1973; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1973; U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1986; Pro hac vice in a number of federal districts
LL.M., New York University School of Law, 1969; Concentration in Tax
J.D., New York University School of Law, 1967
A.B., Brooklyn College, 1965
In The Spotlight
June 6, 2018|Legal Talk NetworkJoel Cohen featured on Chicago Bar Association podcast, “The Peaking Beneath the Blindfold Edition”
March 20, 2018|Press ReleaseStroock Panel Examines Corporate Responsibility in the #MeToo Era
January 28, 2018|Bloomberg BNAJoel Cohen featured and Dale Degenshein mentioned in "A Conversation on Criminal Justice With Joel Cohen"
January 17, 2018|Legal Executive InstituteShira Scheindlin featured in "5 Questions with Shira Scheindlin: How Stroock is Helping Organizations Deal with Suspected Sexual Misconduct"
January 9, 2018|New York Law JournalShira Scheindlin quoted; Robert Abrams, Joel Cohen, Howard Lavin, Michele Pahmer and Elizabeth DiMichele mentioned in "As #MeToo Roils Clients, Stroock Launches Unit to Vet Sex Claims"
January 9, 2018|ABA JournalShira Scheindlin and Alan Klinger quoted; Robert Abrams, Joel Cohen, Howard Lavin, Michele Pahmer and Elizabeth DiMichele mentioned in "Stroock announces internal investigation unit focusing on sexual misconduct allegations"
January 9, 2018|New York Law JournalJoel Cohen and Jerry Goldfeder quoted in "Brooklyn Assemblywoman Indicted for Allegedly Bilking City Council, FEMA"
January 8, 2018|Law360Shira Scheindlin and Alan Klinger quoted; Robert Abrams, Joel Cohen, Howard Lavin, Michele Pahmer and Elizabeth DiMichele mentioned in "Ex-Judge, AG Head Stroock’s New Harassment Probe Team"
January 8, 2018|Press ReleaseStroock Forms Internal Investigations Unit to Help Companies and Organizations Respond to Suspected Sexual Misconduct
January 8, 2018|The GuardianShira Scheindlin and Joel Cohen author op-ed "After #MeToo, we can’t ditch due process"
August 15, 2017|Press Release47 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2018
July 13, 2017| Law360Joel Cohen Recognized as Legal Lion by Law360
July 13, 2017Stroock Wins Reversal of Prominent Official, Sheldon Silver's, Corruption Conviction
June 8, 2017|CUNY TelevisionJoel Cohen featured guest on "Conversations in the Digital Age with Jim Zirin"
May 11, 2017| New York Law JournalJames Bernard and Joel Cohen mentioned in “Recognition for Lawyers”
May 9, 2017|The New York TimesThe New York Times "Bookshelf" Discusses Joel Cohen's Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice
April 21, 2017|New York Law JournalFormer Chief Judge Sol Wachtler Reviews Joel Cohen’s Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice
April 7, 2017|Press ReleaseStroock’s Joel Cohen and James Bernard Win 2017 Burton Award for Legal Writing
December 6, 2016|Press ReleaseStroock Hosts Forum on Impact of Media on Justice
December 6, 2016| New York Law JournalRobert Abrams, Joel Cohen and Shira A. Scheindlin mentioned in "Panel on Media Actions"
August 15, 2016 |Press Release47 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2017
November 20, 2015| The New York TimesStroock Featured in The New York Times "Best Lawyers" 2016 New York City Supplement
August 17, 201545 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers in America for 2016
August 18, 201435 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2015
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC announced that 35 attorneys across 25 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
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Released July 28, 2014Judges Candidly Discuss Controversial Rulings in Joel Cohen’s Latest Book
In the course of a single case, the judge makes literally hundreds of decisions—some large, some small, but all of them contributing in some way to the final outcome. But remarkably little is known about how each judge makes his or her decisions.
Veteran trial lawyer Joel Cohen persuaded thirteen federal district court judges to talk on the record about one of their highest-profile or most complex cases.
June 18, 2014Stroock Hosts New York City's Five Borough District Attorneys
November 6, 2013Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2014
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, DC announced that nearly 30 attorneys across 24 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
November 9, 201231 Stroock Partners and Counsel Named to Best Lawyers for 2013
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced that 31 attorneys across 22 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
September 8, 201118 Stroock Attorneys Named to 2012 Edition of Best Lawyers
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced that 18 attorneys across 18 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® ("Best Lawyers®").
June 14, 2011Forum on Public Corruption at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan: Are Politicians More Vulnerable Today?
August 5, 201017 Stroock Attorneys Named to 2011 Edition of Best Lawyers
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced that 17 attorneys across 12 practice areas have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Best Lawyers®.
July 21, 2010Stroock’s Joel Cohen Appointed A Member of The New York State Commission On Judicial Conduct
April 3, 2008Capital Markets Crisis Group Expansion
July 30, 2007The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog Q&A with Stroock Partner Joel Cohen
October 9, 2018|New York Law Journal‘Confirmation Bias’ and the Criminal LitigatorAugust 13, 2018|New York Law Journal“Contingency Fee? When Hourly Fees Run too High in a Criminal Case”June 11, 2018|New York Law Journal“Do Talking Head ‘Experts’ Have Special Ethical Responsibilities?”April 9, 2018|New York Law Journal"When the Criminal Lawyer Shields the Client"March 6, 2018|Law & Crime“Why Mueller Should Agree Not to Prosecute the President For Interview Lies”February 14, 2018|New York Law Journal"Counseling About Criminal Exposure: Lessons From The Post"December 14, 2017|New York Law Journal"Judge Kozinski: Will Due Process Emerge?"September 29, 2017|New York Law JournalWhen His Witness Has Lied... And the Prosecutor 'Knows' ItMay 31, 2017|The New York Times“Are Today’s ‘Deep Throats’ Doing the Right Thing?”April 6, 2017|New York Law Journal"The Ethics of ‘Holding Out’ on Your Client"February 10, 2017|New York Law Journal"When Lawyers and Judges Criticize Jury Verdicts"June 14, 2016|New York Law Journal"The Movie ‘Spotlight’ and Legal Ethics"April 7, 2016|Stroock Special Bulletin"D.C. Circuit Vacates District Court Decision Refusing to Approve Fokker’s Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the Department of Justice and Clarifies the Standard for Evaluating Deferred Prosecution Agreements"August 11, 2015|New York Law Journal"Confidentiality: Keeping Secret Non-Privileged Information"April 14, 2015|New York Law Journal"Your Client’s Intractable Demands—And Your Effort to Withdraw"February 9, 2015|New York Law Journal"The Lawyer's Duty to Check Facts"December 9, 2014|New York Law JournalConstraining Opinions and the Ethics of 'I Believe'September 19, 2014|New York Law Journal'Let Right Be Done': When Prosecutors Have a Higher DutyApril 8, 2014|New York Law Journal"‘Crime Fraud’ and the Lawyer’s Duty"December 13, 2013|Law.com"When Lawyers Instigate Their Clients"December 10, 2013|New York Law Journal"The 'Ethic' of Getting Up to Speed 'Technologically'"November 25, 2013|New York Law Journal"Who Responds When Tabloids Attack the Judges?"November 11, 2013|Law.com"Anchoring" & Criminal SentencingOctober 18, 2013|Law.com"The Culture Of Changing Sides"October 8, 2013|HuffingtonPost.com"Police Versus Prosecutors: The Motorcycle Mayhem"October 8, 2013|New York Law Journal"May Prosecutors Bar Note Taking of Witness Interviews?"September 16, 2013|Law.com"Can a Corporation Survive a Trial Conviction?"August 13, 2013|New York Law Journal"When a Client Post-Trial Says: 'I Perjured Myself'"June 20, 2013|New York Law Journal"Criminal Attorney and Client: Who Calls the Shots?"April 9, 2013|New York Law Journal"Would a Prosecutor’s Manual Help?"March 4. 2013|Law.com"Blurring the Statute of Limitations"February 14, 2013|New York Law Journal"When Prosecutors Take Liberties With the First Amendment"January 14, 2013|Law.com"‘Apology’ as a Legal Strategy"January 4, 2013|HuffingtonPost.com"Judging Judges: When Appearance Matters"December 19, 2012|HuffingtonPost.com"'Remorse' for Crime: Must It Be Sincere?"December 11, 2012|New York Law JournalAttorney-Client Privilege: When the Client DiesNovember 9, 2012|HuffingtonPost.com"Ceglia v Mark Zuckerberg: May A Civil Litigator Accept His Client's "Truth"?"October 9, 2012|HuffintonPost.com"The Presidential Debates: Judges Shouldn’t Be Swayed By Opinion Polls"September 24, 2012|Law.com"The Independent Magistrate"August 14, 2012|Law.com"Character Testimony: What if Mother Teresa Pulled a ‘Bank Job’?"August 14, 2012|New York Law Journal“When Lawyers Investigate Jurors (Electronically)”June 11, 2012|New York Law Journal'Soliciting' a Corporation's Former Employees; ETHICS AND CRIMINAL PRACTICEApril 24, 2012|The Huffington Post"Charging George Zimmerman: Why Bypass the Grand Jury?"April 16, 2012|Law.com"When Lawyers Get Summoned to Jury Duty"March 19, 2012|law.com"When a Client Slips Between the Cracks"February 13, 2012|New York Law Journal"The Ethics Of Denouncing The Bench"December 13, 2011|New York Law Journal"'Sandbagging' & Guilty Plea Offers"October 13, 2011|New York Law Journal"When Victim Lawyering Gets Aggressive"September 21, 2011|Huff Post Business"Challenging Not-for-Profit Executive Compensation"August 9, 2011|New York Law Journal"When a Lawyer Wants (Or Needs) Out"June 14, 2011|New York Law Journal"When the Client’s Approach Is Deadly"May 31, 2011|law.com"The Confidential Nature of Lawsuits"April 25, 2011|Law.com“Criminal Charges: The Next Frontier for Libel Tourism”April 12, 2011|New York Law Journal“Revealing Your Client’s ‘Guilt’ When He Sues You”March 21, 2011|National Law Journal"Silencing Amicus Curiae"February 8, 2011|New York Law Journal"Judges’ Quandary: Truth and Sentencing"December 17, 2010|Law.comWikiLeaks: We Don’t Need Another 'Hero'December 14, 2010|New York Law Journal"'Counseling’ an Innocent’s Guilty Plea"December 6, 2010|Law.com"Former Judges in Court: When ‘Your Honor’ Becomes Your Problem"October 12, 2010|New York Law Journal"When Defendants Are Threatened to Plead Guilty"October 4, 2010|Law.com"The Truth Police"September 7, 2010|Law.com"What Good Is Remorse?"August 10, 2010|The New York Law Journal"Lawyer White Lies: Just Part of the Job?"August 2, 2010|law.com"The BP Mess: Judging Judges’ Impartiality"July 6, 2010|Law.comLeaking Legal AdviceJune 8, 2010|New York Law Journal"‘Answerability’ Advocacy For the Trial-Convicted Defendant"June 7, 2010|Law.com"Fairness, Empathy and the ‘Interfering’ Judge"May 3, 2010|Law.comWhen Judges GoogleApril 13, 2010|New York Law Journal“When Lawyers Admit ‘Ineffectiveness’”April 12, 2010|Bloomberg Law Reports"The Second Circuit Ruling on Attorney Advertising:What Are the Current Do’s and Don’ts?"April 5, 2010|Law.com"The Ethics of Making Credibility Judgments"March 1, 2010|Law.com“The Politicization of ‘Miranda’”Vol. 3, No. 2|Bloomberg Law Reports – Risk & Compliance"A Lawyer of One's Own: The Importance of Counsel Without Conflict"February 9, 2010|New York Law Journal"Roman Polanski and Ex Parte Abuse"February 1, 2010|Law.Com“When a Lawyer Knows of Reasonably Certain Death”January 4, 2010|Law.Com“A New Year’s Resolution for Lawyers”December 30, 2009|New York Law Journal“Kwame Kilpatrick—And His Lawyer(s)”November 30, 2009|Law.Com"When Clients Waive Privilege"November 2, 2009|Law.Com"Commentary: Celebrity Extortion and the Press"October 5, 2009|law.com"The Propriety of Criticizing Judges"September 4, 2009|New York Law Journal"The ‘Brady Dump’: Problems With ‘Open File’ Discovery"August 24, 2009|Law.com"Silly, Baseless Lawsuits"July 27, 2009|law.com“Should Blagojevich’s Jury Be Anonymous?”June 22, 2009|law.com“Should Twittering Jurors Know Better?”June 1, 2009|New York Law Journal"Asking for Trouble: When Lawyers Lie to Judges"April 17, 2009|New York Law Journal"Withdrawing Quietly From Representation"February 24, 2009|Stroock Special Bulletin“Anticipating the Regulators: Obama and Congress Give Regulators Their Marching Orders”February 2, 2009|National Law Journal“The Madoff Bail Flap: Commentators, Get it Right”January 16, 2009|New York Law Journal“When ‘Zealousness’ Collides With Reputation for Honesty, Integrity”December 26, 2008|Albany Times Union“Needed now: campaign finance reform”December 17, 2008|Stroock Special Bulletin“Issues Arising from the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Matter”December 15, 2008|New York Law Journal“Can You Disclose Your Grand Jury Subpoena? It’s a Balancing Test”November 17, 2008|New York Law Journal“When a Prosecutor Doubts the Defendant’s Guilt”November 3, 2008|The National Law Journal"Stand up, say who you are"August 18, 2008|Stroock Special Bulletin“Update on New York State Insurance Department Broker Compensation Hearings”July 18, 2008|New York Law Journal‘Can You Notarize This?’ Taking the Notary Job SeriouslyJune 2, 2008|National Law JournalCritics Are MistakenApril 24, 2008|New York Law JournalCan We Simply Drink the Kool-Aid?January 9, 2008|The New York Law Journal"Gauging 'Ineffective Assistance of Counsel'"January 28, 2008|The National Law Journal“Why a public outing?”September 14, 2007|New York Law Journal"'Scopes': Subpoenaed by Your Adversary"August 21, 2007|New York Law Journal"Blame the Lawyer!"June 11, 2007|New York Law Journal"When a Lawyer Gives Moral Advice"April 5, 2007|New York Law Journal"Must You Believe Your Client's Testimony?"January 31, 2007|New York Law Journal"Wearisome Adversaries"September 5, 2006|New York Law Journal Magazine"A View From the Trenches"August 7, 2006|New York Law Journal"Working With a Private Eye"June 28, 2006|New York Law Journal"Self-Help: When Client Uses Claim of Right Recovery"February 23, 2006|New York Law Journal"Polishing a Cooperator's Truthfulness"January 11, 2006|New York Law Journal"It's 'Off the Record'"October 20, 2005|New York Law Journal"When Trial Judges Second-Guess Lawyers"June 20, 2005|New York Law Journal"The Duty of Zealousness"June 9, 2005|New York Law Journal"Representing The Innocent Client"March 7, 2005|New York Law Journal"Ethic Rules and Legal Fees"November 3, 2004|New York Law Journal"The Wisdom of Jailing Reporters"October 4, 2004|New York Law Journal"Memorializing Client Conversations"September 13, 2004|National Law Journal"Clamming Up - for Safety"July 28, 2004|New York Law Journal"Buying Victim Silence"April 7, 2004|New York Law Journal"Celebrity Jurors"March 22, 2004|Barron's"Explaining Eliot Spitzer: The New York State Attorney General Understands How to Use Power"March 22, 2004|New York Law Journal