At Morrison & Foerster, Ms. Cohen will represent financial institutions, corporations, and individuals in white-collar criminal investigations, internal investigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and bribery and enterprise corruption matters, as well as consumer, health care, procurement, and tax fraud cases and complex civil litigation. Ms. Cohen brings to the firm extensive criminal and civil trial expertise and vast experience conducting large and complex criminal and civil investigations involving federal, state, and local agencies and regulators. In addition to the Sheldon Silver case and other public corruption cases, Ms. Cohen has investigated and prosecuted a wide range of financial and investment fraud cases, including a $30 million pump-and-dump securities fraud trial and $80 million Ponzi scheme trial.
Before becoming an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Ms. Cohen served in the New York State Attorney General’s Office, first as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau, where she received the Louis J. Lefkowitz Memorial Award for outstanding service, and then as Chief of the Public Integrity Unit in the Criminal Division. At the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Cohen successfully prosecuted then State Comptroller Alan Hevesi for personal use of state employees’ time, among other notable cases. Before that, she spent six years in private practice, including as a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster.
“In returning to private practice, I wanted to join a premier trial practice with a distinguished reputation for handling high-stakes litigation, including in securities and white-collar cases,” Ms. Cohen said. “I didn’t need to look far; and I am thrilled to call MoFo home again.”
Among her many public service roles, Ms. Cohen has held numerous leadership positions in bar associations. She currently serves on the Advisory Group to the New York State-Federal Judicial Council, as a representative to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates, and as a member of the Federal Bar Council, American Inns of Court. Ms. Cohen recently served as the Vice President of the New York City Bar and Chair of its Executive Committee, as well as Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section. Ms. Cohen has also been a leader in advancing women in the legal profession both in New York and globally, and currently serves on the New York City Bar’s Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, where she spearheads a professional development program for women attorneys in Latin America. Ms. Cohen earned her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and undergraduate degree from Cornell University.