Richard S. Cohen: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Richard S. Cohen

Phoenix,  AZ  U.S.A.
Phone(602) 714-7044

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Affirmative Action Compliance and OFCCP Defense
  • Class Actions and Complex Litigation
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Public Sector Representation
  • Reductions in Force
  • WARN Act
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
University Rutgers University, B.A., 1968
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1971
Admitted1976, Arizona, U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. District Court, District of Arizona; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Third Circuits

Bar & Professional Association Memberships
American Bar Association
American Employment Law Council
State Bar of Arizona
U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Richard S. Cohen is a Shareholder in the Phoenix office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Cohen has represented employers in federal and state courts and before administrative law judges on a variety of litigation matters. He has successfully defended employers in several of the most significant private class actions in the Southwest. In addition, he has substantial experience defending lawsuits filed by the EEOC and state agencies on behalf of a class. He also litigates non-compete, non-solicitation and trade secrets misappropriation disputes. Mr. Cohen also has a substantial mediation and arbitration practice.

Mr. Cohen advises both private and public employers on day-to-day legal issues affecting the workplace, including employee discipline and terminations, sexual harassment and other employee misconduct, workplace privacy, disability accommodations and other human resources issues. Taking a proactive approach when advising clients, Mr. Cohen emphasizes creative solutions to employee relations problems and routinely counsels management about ways to prevent costly and protracted litigation. He teaches executives, managers and supervisors how to make sound human resources decisions, in order to minimize litigation risks. Before beginning in private practice, Mr. Cohen served in the General Counsel's office of the EEOC from 1972 - 1976.

Mr. Cohen is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Law. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for more than 15 years and has also been listed regularly in the highest tier of Chambers, U.S.A. and in Superlawyers. He also maintains an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. He serves as a member of the Labor and Employment Law Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Cohen has served six years on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for Free Arts of Arizona, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to homeless and abused children.

Mr. Cohen received his B.A. in 1968 from Rutgers University and his J.D., with honors, from the George Washington University School of Law in 1971.

Honors, Awards and Pro Bono Activity

•Has served as President of the Board of Directors for Free Arts of Arizona, a non-profit organization which provides assistance to homeless and abused children in Arizona. Currently on the Board's Executive Committee as Past President.
•Selected for inclusion in Southwest Super Lawyers - Arizona Edition (2007-2013)
•Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (1995-2015)
•AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell


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Supreme Court Vindicates Courts’ Role in Reviewing EEOC Conciliation Obligations
Richard S. Cohen,Paul A. Patten, May 14, 2015
In a 9-0 decision, the United States Supreme Court has held that courts may review the sufficiency of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s notice of and opportunity for conciliation afforded an employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, but that the statute gives the EEOC...

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Richard S. Cohen

2398 East Camelback Road, Suite 1060
PhoenixAZ 85016


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