David Louis Cohen has been a well known and respected criminal defense attorney for more than forty years. The thousands of cases he has handled include homicide, mortgage fraud, tax fraud, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud, enterprise corruption, internet gambling, driving while intoxicated and most other major crimes. He has tried more than three hundred cases in Federal and State Courts.
David Louis Cohen obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the New York University School of Business and a Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School. From 1971 to 1974, he was a Staff Attorney with the Criminal Defense Division of the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York. In 1975, he opened his own private practice concentrating on the aggressive defense of those accused of crimes in both Federal and State Courts.
In 1980, David Louis Cohen was elected to the New York State Assembly. He served on the Codes Committee which has jurisdiction over all criminal justice legislation. He left the Assembly in 1982, and since 1995, has served as Counsel to Assemblymember Joseph R. Lentol, chair of the Codes Committee.
David Louis Cohen is a Past President of the Queens County Bar Association and the Queens County Criminal Courts Bar Association. He was a founding member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Currently he is a Vice-President of the New York State Bar Association and serves as a member of the Executive Committee. David Louis Cohen is the Executive Committee’s liaison to the Criminal Justice Section and a member of the Task Force on Wrongful Convictions. David has been designated by the New York State Bar Association to serve on the Board of Directors of Prisoners Legal Services.
David Louis Cohen was an Adjunct Professor at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Program of the Hofstra University Law School. He is member of the faculty of the New York State Bar Association’s Trial Advocacy Academy held at Cornell Law School. He has participated in training programs conducted by the Legal Aid Society Criminal Defense Division and the Office of the District Attorney of Queens County. He has also lectured on various criminal defense issues before numerous bar associations.
David Louis Cohen is admitted to practice in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.