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A principal at Berger Kahn, Stephan S. Cohn’s practice is concentrated in the areas of insurance, business, real estate and community association law. He routinely litigates business torts, real estate issues, environmental-toxic torts and insurance matters. In addition, he regularly counsels insurers regarding fair claim practices and claim investigations, and directors and officers in the enforcement of governing documents and other day-to-day operational matters.

Steve has represented insurers, directors and officers of corporations, and homeowners associations in a wide range of issues. In the insurance context, he has been involved in claims arising from homeowners’, commercial and automobile insurance policies. Further, he has advised insurers regarding the handling of suspect claims, including fraud. He also routinely handles cases involving environmental pollution and water intrusion issues.

Steve has significant experience litigating third-party and general liability claims and first-party bad faith matters, and has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, including high-level insurance executives and bad faith experts. His expertise has garnered Steve recognition to the list of 2016 Best Lawyers in America, in addition to the 2013-2015 Southern California Super Lawyers, honors reserved for the top 3-5% of the Bar.

Some of the matters Steve has handled recently are:

• Handling suspected fraudulent claims for commercial, property and automobile cases; business interruption cases; arson and general coverage questions;

• Counseling insurers regarding fair claim practices and claim investigations;

• Asserting and defending liability and injury claims;

• Counseling directors and officers of corporations regarding compliance issues;

• Construction defect and water intrusion cases;

• Employment matters;

• Homeowner association disputes;

• Contractual disputes; and

• Managing all aspects of case preparation for trial, including arbitration.

Steve has lectured to business and insurance groups on topics such as directors’ and officers’ liability, good faith claims handling and torts, and has been a course instructor on Evidence for the University of California at Irvine Extension Program., Course Instructor at University of California Irvine.

He lives with his wife and two children in Laguna Beach.


Practice areas


  1. Environmental and Natural Resources: 20%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Insurance: 20%
  4. Community Association Law: 20%
  5. Business: 20%

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Berger Kahn A Law Corporation

2 Park Plaza, Ste 650
Irvine, CA, 92614


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers 2016 - Insurance LawBest Lawyers2016
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalBerger Kahn A Law Corporation1994 - Present
AttorneyBerger Kahn A Law Corporation1987 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Insurance Defense AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Orange County Regional Chapter of the Community Associations InstituteMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Super LawyersNine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition2015
Los Angeles Times/ALMLos Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”2015
Attorney JournalSteve Cohn and Dave Ezra of Berger Kahn Highlighted By O.C. Attorney Journal Magazine For Honors By Best Lawyers In America 20162015
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Shareholders to 2016 List2015
Orange County Bar AssociationO.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn Attorneys for Selection to Super Lawyers “Top” Lists2015
Attorney JournalAttorney Journal Features Principal Stephan Cohn and Partner Steven Gentry for Recognition to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers 20152015
ReutersBerger Kahn Celebrates 45th Anniversary as a Unique California Law Firm2015
Orange County Attorney JournalPrincipal Steve Cohn Featured in Orange County Attorney Journal "Professional Profile of the Month"2015
Super LawyersNine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”2015
Super LawyersEight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”2014
Daily JournalDaily Journal: “Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts2013
Super LawyersSix Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers with Top Honors in the Lists of "Southern California Top 100" and "Orange County Top 50"2013
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981