Frederick Cohen ‘67, a Partner at Duane Morris LLP and a member of the Law School’s Board of Trustees, was recently named a “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. Only one individual in each practice area and city is awarded this honor, and Cohen was selected as the best in the New Litigation - Construction Law category for New York City.
Honorees are chosen based on high marks amassed during peer-review assessments by editors. Receiving this designation “reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity,” according to Best Lawyers, the oldest peer review guide to the legal profession worldwide.
Cohen is no stranger to superlatives, having been recognized as one of New York’s leading construction attorneys in the 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers. A trial lawyer with more than 35 years’ experience in construction matters, he represents owner-developers, nonprofit institutions, contractors, and sureties in both the private and public sectors. Cohen specializes in resolving issues concerning delays, defective performance, and structural failures, and has settled many cases through alternative dispute resolution procedures.
A member of the American and New York State Bar Associations, Cohen also serves on the Construction Industry Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and on the Mediation Panel of the United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
Beyond his litigation practice, Cohen has overseen complex construction contracts for hospitals, office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, and university residence halls – including the construction of Feil Hall, Brooklyn Law School’s 22-story residential building. A Board member since 1997, he continues to be highly involved in the Law School.
“I am very happy to help to guide the Law School in making important strategic decisions, especially in my particular areas of expertise: real estate and construction,” Cohen said in a profile in the BLS alumni magazine. “It’s an opportunity to give back, which is very important to me, and in the process I meet lots of interesting people.”