Joshua R. Cohen, Partner

Josh Cohen has a reputation for innovative, cutting-edge, and courageous litigation earned over more than 25 years of practice in complex civil and commercial litigation. His clients have included individuals, consumers, receivers, municipalities, and bankruptcy trustees in disputes ranging from investment fraud to legal malpractice, public nuisance to corporate and real estate disputes. Josh has served as lead counsel for the plaintiffs in class actions, including one brought on behalf of Cleveland Browns season ticket holders against Art Modell in the wake of the team's relocation to Baltimore. He also represented the City of Cleveland in lawsuits against Wall Street firms stemming from the subprime foreclosure crisis, as featured in the 2010 documentary film Cleveland vs. Wall Street.

Representative Cases

  • Baker v. BP Am., 749 F. Supp. 840 (N.D. Ohio 1990)
  • Beder v. Cleveland Browns, 114 Ohio Misc. 2d 26 (2001)
  • Beder v. Cleveland Browns, 129 Ohio App. 3d 188 (1998)
  • B. Rockman Trust v. Fahnestock., 2002 NASD Arb. LEXIS 544 (2002)
  • Chase Bank USA v. City of Cleveland, 735 F. Supp. 773 (N.D. Ohio 2010)
  • Cole v. Mileti, 133 F.3d 433 (6th Cir.1998)
  • Coles v. Board of Educ., 171 F.3d 369 (6th Cir. 1999)
  • Figley v. Merrill Lynch, 1999 NASD Arb. LEXIS 483 (1999)
  • Fine v. America Online, 139 Ohio App. 3d 133 (2000)
  • First Nat. Supermarkets v. Merrill Lynch, 104 Ohio App. 3d 289 (1994)
  • Fornshell v. FirstMerit Bank, 2010 WL 4835771 (N.D. Ohio 2010)
  • In re Revco Sec. Litig., 
    Fed. Sec. L. Rptr. ¶97809 (N.D. Ohio 1993)
  • Ladanyi v. Merrill Lynch, 2001 NASD Arb. LEXIS 1680 (2001)
  • Mentor Lagoons v. Rubin, 31 Ohio St. 3d 256 (1987)
  • Merrill Lynch v. Stark, 65 Ohio St. 3d 312 (1992)
  • Obenauf v. CIDCO Inv., 54 Ohio App. 3d 131 (1990)
  • Peltz v. Moyer, 2007-Ohio-4998 (Ohio App. 2007)
  • Simmons-Harris v. Zelman, 234 F.3d 945 (6th Cir. 2000) (amicus curiae)
  • State ex rel. City of Cleveland v. Corrigan, 2009-Ohio-6655 (Ohio App. 2009)
  • State ex rel. Sun Newspapers v. Bd. of Educ., 76 Ohio App. 3d 170 (1991)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Ohio, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2004

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

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