Mark Cohen is a partner of the firm, which he co-founded in 2002, and is head of the firm's Litigation and Arbitration and White Collar Defense groups. Mark’s litigation practice includes complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation, shareholder, securities, and derivatives litigation, employment litigation, corporate control and M&A litigation, and antitrust litigation. He also focuses on white collar defense, regulatory enforcement, and internal investigations, where he represents companies, financial institutions, corporate boards and their committees, and individual clients in white collar criminal cases, federal and state regulatory proceedings, proceedings before self-regulatory organizations, and corporate internal investigations.
Since 2011, he has served as a court-appointed monitor for the largest fire department in the country following his appointment by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The monitorship involves implementing the Court’s remedial order following a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination.
Mark is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, where he was a Note Editor of the Law Review. He formerly practiced with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson and served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Mark has been ranked by the Chambers USA guide as a “Leading Individual” in the white collar crime and government investigations category each year since 2013 and has been recognized in its securities litigation category since 2016. He is recognized in Legal 500’s U.S. guide in the categories of corporate investigations and white collar criminal defense, securities litigation, and general commercial disputes. He is regularly recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the Criminal Defense: White Collar category, and has been a member of Law360's editorial advisory board for its white collar coverage since 2014. He has also been named a “Local Litigation Star” in the last five editions of Benchmark Litigation and has been included as one of New York’s Super Lawyers for Business Litigation each year since 2008. Mark has been selected by Super Lawyers each year since 2014 as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area. He was recently a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne University in Paris and taught a course to French law students called “U.S. White Collar Criminal Law.”
University of Michigan Law School (J.D., magna cum laude, 1987); Cornell University (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1984)
New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Activities and Affiliations
Board of Trustees, Federal Bar Council
Guest Lecturer, Sorbonne University (Paris)
Member, Law360 Editorial Advisory Board (for White Collar Coverage)
Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Compliance and Legal Division)
Member, American Bar Association (Section on Litigation)
Former Co-Chair, Securities Subcommittee of the Committee on Commercial and Business Litigation, American Bar Association
Board of Trustees, Supreme Court Historical Society
Member, New York City Bar Association
Board of Directors, New York Council of Defense Lawyers, 2008-2011
Member, UJA-Federation of New York (Lawyers Division, Criminal Law Group)