Joseph D. Cohen graduated from the University of Rhode Island (B.A. 1986), Case Western Reserve University School of Law (J.D. 1989) and New York University School of Law (LL.M., Corporate Law, 1990). Mr. Cohen represents plaintiffs in complex litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He has successfully prosecuted numerous securities fraud, consumer fraud, and constitutional law cases. Among the cases in which Mr. Cohen has taken a lead role are: Jordan v. California Department of Motor Vehicles, 100 Cal. App. 4th 431 (2002) (complex action in which the California Court of Appeal held that California's Non-Resident Vehicle $300 Smog Impact Fee violated the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, paving the way for the creation of a $665 million fund and full refunds, with interest, to 1.7 million motorists); In re Geodyne Resources, Inc. Sec. Litig. (Harris Cty. Tex.) (settlement of securities fraud class action, including related litigation, totaling over $200 million); In re Community Psychiatric Centers Sec. Litig. (C.D. Cal.) (settlement of $55.5 million was obtained from the company and its auditors, Ernst & Young, LLP); In re McLeodUSA Inc., Sec. Litig., No. C02-0001 (N.D. Iowa) ($30 million settlement); In re Arakis Energy Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 95 cv 3431 (E.D.N.Y.) ($24 million settlement); In re Metris Companies, Inc., Sec. Litig., No. 02-cv-3677 (D. Minn.) ($7.5 million settlement); and In re Landry's Seafood Restaurants, Inc. Sec. Litig., No. H-99-1948 (S.D. Tex.) ($6 million settlement).
Mr. Cohen has also co-authored the following articles: "Mitsubishi and Shearson: A Misplaced Trust in Arbitration," New England Business Law Journal, May 1990; "The Effects of Tax Reform on Golden Parachutes," North Atlantic Regional Business Law Review, August 1988; and "Dual Class Common Stock and Its Effect on Shareholders and Legislators," American Business Law Association National Proceedings (Refereed Proceedings), August 1988.
Mr. Cohen is a member of the California, Rhode Island, and District of Columbia Bars.