A graduate of Barnard College (B.A. cum laude), Bryn Mawr College (M.A.) (Latin major; Music minor) and Brooklyn Law School (J.D. cum laude ), Ms. Cohen, when at law school, was an editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. Ms. Cohen has been sought out for her legal expertise and services in complex matrimonial and family law negotiations and litigations throughout her stellar career. Her book on divorce, "The Divorce Book for Men and Women: A Step-By-Step Guide to Gaining Your Freedom Without Losing Everything Else," was published by Avon Publishers, New York City, in July 1994. She was also the co-author of, "Valuation of Property in Marital Dissolutions," XXIII ABA Fam. L.Q.2, Summer 1989, and she writes regular analyses and articles for the edification of bench, bar and lay persons, including an annual article on matrimonial and family law for the New York Law Journal's special Matrimonial Section.
Ms. Cohen was selected by Governor Mario Cuomo of New York State to serve on the Child Support Commission of the State of New York and by Mayor David Dinkins of New York City to serve on the Foster Care Commission of the City of New York. Ms. Cohen served as President of the New York Women's Bar Association. Ms. Cohen has been a member of the Committee on Matrimonial Law of the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers' Association, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among other law committees and bar associations.
Ms. Cohen has taught CLE courses and has been a panelist at annual ABA Family Law Meetings as well as a featured speaker for other professional and bar associations and groups. Ms. Cohen has sat on judicial screening panels including for the highest court of New York State, the Court of Appeals, a court in which Ms. Cohen has also appeared and argued successfully. Ms. Cohen has been invited to and has testified before legislative committees on divorce reform as a result of her expertise in divorce and family law.
Ms. Cohen represents celebrities and other high income individuals, but, at the same time, does not turn away other worthy clients. Ms. Cohen has represented Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Linda Lavin, Ute Lemper, Laurence Fishburne, NBA star Paul George, the former Mrs. Howard Stern, Patricia Duff (former wife of billionaire Ronald Perelman) and Richie Havens, as part of her family law practice. In addition, Ms. Cohen is frequently appointed by the court to represent children in contested family law matters.
Ms. Cohen is dedicated to the practice of law in the finest tradition, zealously representing the clients she accepts, as well as making herself available to promote reform in the law by authoring informative legal articles and sharing her knowledge and experience in the law with the Governor, the Legislature and the Courts. Ms. Cohen is a Member of the President’s Advisory Council of Brooklyn Law School and is Alumnae President of her class at Barnard College, her alma mater.
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