Thomas Bezanson has more than three decades of experience in commercial arbitration, the defense of products liability, and other civil actions, representing both U.S. and European clients.  Tom has been recognized every year since 2017 by the Best Lawyers in America in the Commercial Litigation category and each year since 2018 in the Product Liability Litigation — Defendants category.  He was awarded the title Empire State Counsel for pro bono representation yearly from 2006 – 2011, and in 2008 he was also awarded the first New York Lawyers for the Public Interest Pro Bono Leadership Award.  He has been listed in The Legal 500 United States for litigation, Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and he has been recognized by New York Super Lawyers for Products: Defense each year since 2006, as well as in the Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition.  He has been in Law Business Research Limited’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, as well as Marquis Who’s Who in American Law.  Tom was “highly recommended” for dispute resolution in Global Counsel 3000, he was selected “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times of London, and he is rated “Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell and “Superb” by AVVO.

Tom successfully represented the judges of the State of New York in Larabee v. Governor of the State of New York, in which the firm won summary judgment against the Governor, the State Legislature, and the State of New York for unconstitutionally failing to adjust judicial compensation.  Tom also served as lead counsel in the firm’s successful defense of the Larabee judgment on appeal to the Appellate Division, First Department, and the New York Court of Appeals.

Tom has served on the Duke University Law School Board of Visitors, the Board of the Legal Aid Society, the Board of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, the Board of Directors of the Westchester Philharmonic, and on the University of Massachusetts College of Humanities and Fine Arts Advisory Board, as well as on the boards of numerous additional charitable organizations.  Tom joined the firm from Chadbourne & Parke LLP.

Thomas Bezanson has more than three decades of experience in commercial arbitration, the defense of products liability, and other civil actions, representing both U.S.…

Education

Rutgers University School of Law (J.D. 1974. Managing Editor of Rutgers Law Review); Rutgers University (M.A. 1971); Grinnell College (B.A. 1967)

Bar Admissions

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; U.S. Supreme Court

Activities and Affiliations

Member, Executive Committee Federal Bar Council

President, Federal Bar Foundation (2013 - 2016)

Member, Board at the Federal Bar Foundation

Member, Federal Bar Council (Board of Trustees, 2007-2013)

Member, Emeritus Board, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Member, New York State Bar Association

Referee, Appellate Division First Department Disciplinary Committee

US Army (1967-1969)

Former Member, New York State Commission on the Jury (2003-2004)

Mark S Cohen, Jason Brown, C Evan Stewart, and Thomas E Bezanson were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America's 2020 New York listings. Mark and Jason were recognized for white collar criminal defense; Evan for securities litigation; and Tom for commercial litigation and product liability litigation defense.

We are pleased to announce that thirty of our New York and Washington, D.C.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also selected C&G co-founders Mark S Cohen and Lawrence T Gresser to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald as two of its top 50 women lawyers in New York.

Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.

Mark S Cohen and Thomas E Bezanson were recognized in Best Lawyers in America's 2019 New York listings – Mark for Criminal Defense – White Collar and Tom for Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. This is the sixth year in a row Mark has been recognized by Best Lawyers, a publication that completes a rigorous survey process, compiling confidential evaluations from top attorneys in their fields.

Twenty-eight of our New York and Washington D.C.-based Cohen & Gresser attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also named C&G co-founding partner Mark S Cohen to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partners Karen H Bromberg and Alexandra Wald to its top 50 women lawyers in New York list.

Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor. 

Mark S Cohen and Thomas E Bezanson were recognized in Best Lawyers in America's 2018 New York listings – Mark for Criminal Defense – White Collar and Tom for Commercial Litigation and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. This is the fifth year in a row Mark has been recognized by Best Lawyers, a publication that completes a rigorous survey process, compiling confidential evaluations from top attorneys in their fields.

We are pleased to announce that twenty-two of our U.S.-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers also named C&G co-founding partners Mark S Cohen and Lawrence T Gresser to its list of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metropolitan area, and partner Karen H Bromberg to both its list of top 50 women lawyers and top 100 lawyers in this region. 

Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in the U.S. receive this honor.  

Each year, Best Lawyers completes a rigorous survey process, compiling confidential evaluations from top attorneys in their fields.  For the fourth year in a row, Cohen & Gresser partner Mark S Cohen is recognized in New York’s Criminal Defense: White Collar category. Tom Bezanson was also recognized in New York’s Commercial Litigation category for 2017. 

State judges have yet to be properly compensated for enduring 13 years without pay raises, especially since the state Court of Appeals found that lawmakers acted unconstitutionally in rejecting salary increases. C&G's Thomas Bezanson argued that it was long past the time when the court should make good on its 2010 finding in Matter of Maron v. Silver and order that judges receive what they lost in salaries and retirement benefits.

Click below to view full coverage: 

"Court Hears Arguments Over Retroactive Judicial Raises," New York Law Journal, March 24, 2016.

"Judges Sue N.Y. State for $312M in Back Pay," Times Union, March 23, 2016. 

 

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We are pleased to announce that twenty-two of our New York-based C&G attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers this year across a wide range of practice areas. Super Lawyers ranks outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Fewer than five percent of all lawyers in New York receive this honor.

Tom Bezanson weighs in on the internal communication failures of General Motors Inc. in relation to the faulty ignition switch of the Chevrolet Cobalt, which has been linked to 13 deaths and 54 accidents. 

The Federal Bar Council is an organization of lawyers who practice in federal courts within the Second Circuit. It is dedicated to promoting excellence in federal practice and fellowship among federal practitioners. It is also committed to encouraging respectful, cordial relations between the bench and bar.   The Federal Bar Foundation funds many of the worthwhile activities of the Council.   The purposes of the Foundation are to: "(i) facilitate and improve the administration of justice; (ii) to facilitate the cultivation and diffusion of knowledge and understanding of the law and the promotion of the study of the law and the science of jurisprudence and research therein, through the maintenance of a law library, and the publication of addresses, essays, treatises, reports and other literary works by students and teachers of the law; and (iii) to provide for the acquisition, preservation and exhibition or rare books and documents, sculptures, paintings, and other objects of art and historical interest, relating to the law, the courts and the legal profession."   

A memorandum from in-house counsel advising company employees on how to maintain the attorney-client privilege over their communications with the company’s attorneys, and further explaining the nature of counsel’s relationship with the company and its employees.

This document includes an integrated note with important explanations and drafting tips for creating a letter from a company notifying a potential defendant of its intent to file a lawsuit.