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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 U.K.

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 Advocacy 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

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • Florida Monthly – Florida's Best Lawyers
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law (2005–2020)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers Magazine (2017–2018)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Bad Faith Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Section of Litigation
  • The Florida Bar
    • Board of Legal Specialization and Education
    • Past Chair, Board of Legal Specialization and Education (two terms)
    • Past Chair, Civil Trial Law Certification Committee (three terms)
    • Past Chair and Member, Grievance Committees (two terms)
    • Faculty Member, Trial Lawyers Section Advanced Trial Advocacy Program (2005–present)
  • 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)
  • Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
    • Adjunct Professor of Law, teaches courses in Intensive Trial Advocacy and Advanced Intensive Trial Advocacy
  • 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)
  • 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 Levin College of Law, Gainesville, FL (March 2017)
  • "The Bad Faith Trial From Complaint to Verdict," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ (March 4, 2017)
  • “Making It All Go Away – How to Settle the Contested Coverage Case,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference, 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 Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ (March 5, 2015 )
  • "Success in Insurance Coverage Mediation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ (March 7, 2014)
  • "Expert Witnesses – Can't Live With 'Em, Can't Live Without 'Em," ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ (March 1, 2013)
  • “The Perfect 10 – Invaluable Tips for Litigating Your Insurance Coverage Case,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference, Tucson, AZ (March 1–3, 2012)
  • “Building Trial Skills: Florida,” Faculty Member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy yearly seminar, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • “Institutional Bad Faith – Putting the Insurer’s Practices and Procedures on Trial,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference (2011)
  • "The Bad Faith Set-Up: Doin’ It and Dodgin’ It,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference (2009)
  • “Oops! Loss of Coverage for Failure of Policy Conditions,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference (2008)
  • “Cross Examination and Impeachment,” Advanced Evidence CLE Seminar of The Florida Bar (2007)
  • "Advanced Trial Advocacy," Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar and the 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,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference (2007)
  • “Recovery of Extra-Contractual (consequential) Damages in First-Party Bad Faith Cases,"ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference (2006)
  • “Anatomy of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education,” concerning the history and future of certification of legal experts, ABA National Roundtable on Legal Specialization (2005)
  • “Declaratory Relief – The Antidote for Bad Faith,” ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Annual Conference (2005)
  • “Relationship Between Fidelity Bonds, Directors and Officers Policies, and Errors and Omissions Policies,” Fidelity Law Association Annual Meeting (2003)
  • “Practicing With Professionalism,” The Florida Bar (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
  • U.S. 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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