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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). 


In 2008, Leonard worked as an attorney in New York at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, where he defended the newly enacted Connecticut public campaign finance system, containing the strongest “pay to play” prevention laws in the country, against constitutional challenges in federal litigation in New York. Leonard began his career as a speechwriter at the Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations, where Leonard wrote policy speeches post-1997 Asian financial crisis on governance and social and economic development; Leonard also was part of Thai delegations to working groups that drafted procedure and other regulations for the International Criminal Court (ICC).


Languages spoken: English, Hebrew

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
    2 years
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
    2 years
  3. Consumer Protection: 15%
    2 years
  4. Election Campaigns & Political Law: 10%
    2 years



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  • Jeffrey Mead Kurzon

    Leonard is a great lawyer. He knows the procedures, works hard and is a cool handed negotiator. I endorse Leonard.


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    I worked with Leonard Kohen on a complex civil litigation matter. He is extremely knowledgeable, reliable, and highly ethical. I endorse him with great enthusiasm


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Contact info

67 E 11th St # 703
New York, NY, 10003-4617


NYCurrently registered 200003/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselKurzon LLP2012 - Present
Attorney/PrincipalLaw Office of Leonard M. Kohen2009 - Present
Litigation Counsel (Interim)Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law2008 - 2008
Senior AssociateLarocca Hornik Rosen Greenberg Blaha LLP2007 - 2008
AssociateWaxman & Waxman, P.C.2002 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York City Bar Association, New York City Affairs CommitteeMember2011 - Present
Obama for America National Finance CommitteeNational Co-Chair, Lawyers for Obama2011 - 2012
New York Democratic Lawyers CouncilCo-chair (prev. Secretary, Legislative Agenda Comm Chair)2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Brooklyn Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
New York University School of LawN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
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 StateAnti-Deceptive Practices Legislation2011
2010 Meeting of the National Democratic Lawyers CouncilOrganizing For Fundraising2010
New York University Gallatin School of Individualized Study, Alumni Mentor ProgramA Forum on Law School and the Legal Field2009