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Michael L. Cohen

Michael L. Cohen

Practice areas:

Insurance, Class Action, Life Insurance

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About Me

I have had the good fortune to have worked with some of the nation's finest civil litigators and trial attorneys, including Steve Berman, David Boies, Joe Jamail, Mark Wawro, Neil Manne, Steve Berman, and Bill Shernoff.  I now use this experience to represent plaintiffs in civil lawsuits.

Much of my practice is devoted to representing policyholders (including homeowners, property owners, business owners, and homeowners' associatoins) against insurance companies in coverage disputes, bad-faith lawsuits, and class actions.  I also represent plaintiffs in other civil disputes, including consumer class actions, employment disputes, and business disputes.

I do not just litigate cases.  I try them.  And in addition to trying cases that I have litigated myself, other lawyers ask me to try cases that they have been litigating but have been unable to settle.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Insurance: 48%
    11 years
  2. Class Action: 47%
    23 years
  3. Life Insurance: 5%



Contingent (25-45%)

Attorney Endorsements

2 total

  • Paul J Molinaro

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Paul Molinaro Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Jennifer Ostertag

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael is dedicated, brilliant, articulate, experienced, engaging, strategically insightful, highly ethical, and unrelentingly hard working for his clients.


    Jennifer Ostertag Defective and Dangerous Products Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Cohen McKeon LLP

1910 West Sunset Boulevard
Suite 440
Los Angeles, CA, 90026


TXNot Eligible to Practice - Administrative199105/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Streetfighter of the Year (Finalist)Consumer Attorneys of California2010
Sheldon Traveling FellowHarvard University1991
Dean's Distinuished GraduateUniversity of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts1988
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Texas at Austin1987

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Principal, Trial AttorneyCohen McKeon LLP2010 - Present
Principal, Trial AttorneyMichael L. Cohen, a PLC2007 - 2010
Principal, Trial AttorneyLaw Offices of Michael L. Cohen2006 - 2007
Associate, Head of Class Action PracticeShernoff Bidart & Darras LLP2004 - 2005
AssociateHagens Berman LLP2002 - 2004
Principal, Trial AttorneyCohen Darnell & Cohen, a PLLC1997 - 1999
AssociateSmith, Polewski & Cohen LLP1996 - 1997
AssociateSusman Godfrey, LLP1992 - 1996

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember, Board of Governors2002 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2002 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2002 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
CAALA AdvocateUsing claims-adjusting experts in bad-faith cases2011
CAALA AdvocateClass actions: they just keep making things harder2006
The Twentysomething American Dream: A Cross-Country Quest for a GenerationThe Twentysomething American Dream: A Cross-Country Quest for a Generation1993
Harvard Law ReviewOrgan Transplantation1990

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)J.D.1991
University of Texas at AustinPlan IIB.A. with Highest Honors1988

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
CAALA Annual ConventionPost-Claim Underwriting: Can the insurer cancel coverage after a loss?2011
CAALA Annual ConventionLitigating Bad-Faith Failure-to-Defend Cases2010
CAALA Annual ConventionDemurrers, Motions to Strike, Judgment on the Pleadings2009
CAOC Annual ConventionThe Right-Wing Attack on Consumer Attorneys2004
CAALA Annual ConventionPunitive Damages2004