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Jeffrey Michael Cohen

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Overview

Jeffrey Michael Cohen specializes in trials and appeals of matters involving insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, and complex commercial disputes. He has appeared as counsel in more than 100 reported appellate decisions.

Jeffrey has been Board Certified as an Expert in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar since 1983, and was among the first group of Florida lawyers to receive that recognition. Today, he is one of approximately 200 Florida lawyers who has maintained that distinction for more than 30 years.

An internationally-recognized teacher of trial advocacy, Jeffrey was recently invited to serve on the faculty of the South Eastern Circuit Bar Mess Foundation Advanced International Advocacy Course at Oxford University’s Keble College in Oxford, England. There, he taught barristers from all over the world. The weeklong program is the most demanding and intensive advocacy course in the UK.

Jeffrey is also an adjunct professor of trial skills at the University of Miami School of Law and a regular faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He serves on the faculty of the Advanced Trial Skills Seminar presented by The Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar. In addition, he frequently publishes and lectures on matters pertaining to insurance law and trial advocacy. He is co-chair of the Bad Faith Subcommittee of the ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee.

Experience

  • Insurance related matters, including insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, and the defense of insureds at the request of their carriers.
  • Represented financial institutions in asset recovery, loan workouts and the defense of lender liability claims.
  • Real property disputes, including easements, title issues, foreclosures and specific performance.
  • Professional liability and medical related matters.
  • Litigated disputes related to Probate, Trust, Guardianship and Fiduciaries.
  • Business torts and commercial disputes.

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Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed as a Top Lawyer in South Florida Legal Guide
  • Listed in Who's Who in American Law
  • Listed in Florida Monthly - Florida's Best Lawyers
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2017-2018) 

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
    • Member, The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
    • Past Chair, The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization and Education (Two Terms)
    • Past Chair, The Florida Bar's Committee on Civil Trial Certification (Three Terms)
    • Past Chair and Member, Florida Bar's Grievance Committees (Two Terms)
    • Faculty Member, The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section Advanced Trial Advocacy Program (2005 - present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Bad Faith Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation
  • Dade County Bar Association
    • Past Director
    • Chair, Professional Arbitration Committee
    • Chair, Judicial Poll Committee
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    • Faculty Member, teaches national courses for lawyers in Deposition Skills and Trial Advocacy (1995-present)
  • University of Miami School of Law
    • Adjunct Professor of Trial Skills, teaches courses in Pre-Trial Civil Litigation, Pre-Trial Criminal Litigation and Trial Advocacy (1988-present)
  • Nova Southeastern University School of Law
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, teaches courses in Intensive Trial Advocacy and Advanced Intensive Trial Advocacy
  • Appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve as Special Assistant State Attorney to the Leon County Grand Jury in Tallahassee, Florida
  • Appointed to serve as Special Assistant State Attorney in Dade County for public corruption cases
  • Appointed to the Dade County Alliance for Ethical Government

Speaking Engagements

  • "Spring Break Trial Clinic," University of Florida, Levine College of Law, Gainesville, FL (March 2017)
  • "The Bad Faith Trial From Complaint to Verdict", ABA Litigation Section Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ (March 4, 2017)
  • “Making It All Go Away–How to Settle the Contested Coverage Case,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ (March 3, 2016 )
  • “The Right and Duty to Settle: Bad Faith and Negligence Exposure Associated With Third Party Claim Handling,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ (March 5, 2015 )
  • "Success in Insurance Coverage Mediation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ (March 7, 2014)
  • "Expert Witnesses - Can't Live With 'Em -- Can't Live Without 'Em", ABA Litigation Section Insurance Coverage Litigation CLE Seminar, Tucson, AZ (March 1, 2013)
  • “The Perfect 10 – Invaluable Tips for Litigating Your Insurance Coverage Case,” ABA Litigation Section Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Continuing Education Seminar, Tucson, AZ (March 1-3, 2012)
  • “Building Trial Skills: Florida,” Faculty Member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) yearly seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • “Institutional Bad Faith – Putting the Insurer’s Practices and Procedures on Trial,” American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Section’s Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual CLE Conference (2011)
  • "The Bad Faith Set-Up: Doin’ it and Dodgin’ it,” ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s Annual CLE Conference (2009)
  • “Oops! Loss of Coverage for Failure of Policy Conditions,” ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s Annual CLE Conference (2008)
  • “Cross Examination and Impeachment,” Advanced Evidence Continuing Legal Education Seminar of The Florida Bar (2007)
  • "Advanced Trial Advocacy" seminar sponsored by the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and the Faculty Member, University of Florida Levin College of Law (2006-present)
  • “Honesty is the Best Policy [If There’s Money in it] – Fraud, Misrepresentation and Collusion in the Insurance Context,” American Bar Association Litigation Section Annual Meeting, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (2007)
  • “Recovery of Extra-Contractual (consequential) Damages in First-Party Bad Faith Cases," American Bar Association Litigation Section Annual Meeting, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (2006) 
  • “Anatomy of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education,” concerning the history and future of certification of legal experts, American Bar Association National Roundtable on Legal Specialization (2005)
  • “Declaratory Relief - The Antidote for Bad Faith,” ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee’s Annual CLE Conference (2005)
  • “Relationship Between Fidelity Bonds, Directors and Officers Policies, and Errors and Omissions Policies,” Fidelity Law Association Annual Meeting (2003)
  • “Practice with Professionalism,” Florida Bar Seminars (on numerous occasions)

Credentials

Education
  • Columbia Law School (J.D., 1965)
  • Colgate University (A.B., 1962)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Board Certifications
  • Civil Trial Law
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts

Background

  • Division Chief, Dade County Public Defender's Office
  • Major Crimes Prosecutor, Dade County State Attorney's Office

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