Leonard Kohen is a general commercial litigator whose specialties include election law and government affairs, real estate, banking and securities litigation, fraud claims (prosecuting and defending), premises and malpractice liability, employment law and regulatory/compliance work.
With ten years of Manhattan law firm experience as a commercial litigator with multiple core areas of specialties, Leonard serves as "Of Counsel" to Kurzon LLP, while pursuing election reform as one of the chairs of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council. Leonard also represents businesses in a general counsel capacity.
Among major victories that Leonard has obtained for clients are a court award against a popular newsstand magazine and a settlement in an employment discrimination claim against a large multi-national law firm. In 2012, as counsel to State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson and the Senate Democratic party conference in federal redistricting litigation, Leonard defeated motions to dismiss by state Senate and Assembly majority leaders, enabling the court to draw congressional redistricting maps without disruption to the election calendar. For several years Leonard has represented victims of mortgage fraud and predatory lending schemes generally ending with hard fought successful resolutions.
Leonard has worked as a litigation associate for a combined six years at two Manhattan boutique law firms with sophisticated commercial practices, and also has represented numerous clients in general counsel capacities. Besides the courts, Leonard has represented clients before attorneys general and other administrative agencies in New York (e.g., NYC Fire Department, Department of Consumer Affairs, Environmental Control Board).
Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew
Licensed since 2000
Free Consultation (45 minutes)
|Of Counsel||Kurzon LLP||2012 - Present|
|Attorney/Principal||Law Office of Leonard M. Kohen||2009 - Present|
|Litigation Counsel (Interim)||Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law||2008 - 2008|
|Senior Associate||Larocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg Blaha LLP||2007 - 2008|
|Associate||Waxman & Waxman, P.C.||2002 - 2007|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New York City Bar Association, New York City Affairs Committee||Member||2011 - Present|
|Obama for America National Finance Committee||National Co-Chair, Lawyers for Obama||2011 - 2012|
|New York Democratic Lawyers Council||Co-chair (prev. Secretary, Legislative Agenda Comm Chair)||2005 - Present|
|Horowitz v. Mannoia, 10 Misc. 3d 467; 802 N.Y.S.2d 917 (Sup. Ct. Nassau Cnty. 2005)(click for link to decision).||Prevailed on motion to dismiss defamation action that building developer brought against homeowners association [HOA] member.|
|Favors v. Cuomo, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31538 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 8, 2012)(click for link to decision)||Defeated motions to dismiss thereby enabling June 2012 elections for congress to proceed as scheduled premised on court powers to redraw congressional districts.|
|Edman & Co LLC v. Z & M Media LLC, 2012 NY Slip Op 32918(U); 2012 N.Y. Misc LEXIS 5547 (Sup. Ct. N.Y. Cnty)(link to decision).||Defeated motion to vacate default judgment; recovered statutory double damages in sales commissions.|
|Election Law Journal||Court Deference to State Legislatures in Redistricting After Perry v. Perez [cited as 11 Elec. L. J. 431]||2012|
|Albany Times-Union (5/17/2011)||Op-Ed: Electoral Fairness Held Prisoner||2011|
|Brooklyn Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|New York University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|NYC for Action||"From Lincoln, to King, to Johnson to (Desiline) Victor-y!"||2013|
|Continuing Legal Educatuon program: Election Law for the 21st Century in New York State||Anti-Deceptive Practices Legislation||2011|
|2010 Meeting of the National Democratic Lawyers Council||Organizing For Fundraising||2010|
|New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Alumni Mentor Program||A Forum on Law School and the Legal Field||2009|