Robert S. Cohen
Adjunct Professor of Law
Mr. Cohen is a Senior Partner at Cohen Clair Lans in New York. He is one of the leading matrimonial lawyers in the United States. He has been lead counsel in many of the largest and most important equitable distribution and custody matters in New York. Mr. Cohen regularly represents many of the most accomplished individuals and their spouses in the fields of finance, real estate, business, public service and entertainment. Due to Mr. Cohen’s extensive record of accomplishment, and victories in many landmark reported decisions, he is also frequently called upon to represent individuals in significant matrimonial matters outside New York, including in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois and New Jersey.
While Mr. Cohen regularly appears in court and has a well-earned reputation as a skilled trial lawyer, the preponderance of his matters are settled by negotiation or mediation. In addition to the innumerable significant matrimonial settlements that he has negotiated, Mr. Cohen has also represented countless individuals in negotiating prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
Mr. Cohen is a sought after lecturer and author on issues relating to divorce and, since 2003, has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he teaches a course titled “Anatomy of a Divorce.” He is the author of the “anti-divorce book,” Reconcilable Differences, published by Simon & Schuster. Mr. Cohen has also been recognized by The New York Times as one of the most important divorce lawyers in the United States and he has been profiled by both The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Mr. Cohen was appointed by Governor Cuomo to be a member of the Judicial Screening Committee for the First Judicial Department in 2012. In 2016, Governor Cuomo named him Chairperson of the Screening Committee and also designated him as a member of the State Judicial Screening Committee. That same year, he was also appointed by Judge Peter H. Moulton, Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court, New York County, as Chairperson of the Court’s Matrimonial Committee.
Mr. Cohen is also a member of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. His biography appears in the current and past editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Best Lawyers in New York and Super Lawyers. Mr. Cohen lives with his wife in New York City and has four adult children.