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David Robert Cohen

Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney at Red Bank, NJ

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Cohen Kolodny Abuse Analytics, LLC

  • Licensed for 34 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1989
    Active No misconduct found

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About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Nursing home abuse and neglect
    Representing Consumers who have suffered Abuse and Injuries from Nursing Homes and other Health Care Institutions.


David R. Cohen, Esq. – Founder

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.

Decades of legal advocacy for consumers in obtaining nursing home negligence settlements and litigation for those harmed by Corporate Abuse Committed by the Nursing Home Industry.

Litigation Support and Consultation for attorneys litigating against the Long Term Care Industry. Register for one of Cohen’s Continuing Legal Education Programs on Nursing Home Litigation – 93 minutes.

Specialized Client Representation and Attorney Instruction:

Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Claims

Elder Abuse and Assisted Living Facility Litigation

Group Homes

Hospital Abuse


Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Past Chair of Public Education, Mercer County Bar Association

Past Chair of the National Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice

Past National Chair, American Association for Justice – Sections and Litigation Group Coordination Committee

Chair of over 35 National and State level instructional attorney seminars on Hursing Home Litigation through the American Association for Justice, The New Jersey Association for Justice, The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education – and others.


New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


J.D., Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 1989

B.A., Economics and Philosophy; George Washington University, 1986



Co-counsel on trial team generating the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey history, Dwyer v. Harborview – in the amount of $13.2 million dollars.

After hearing 7 weeks of evidence and witnesses, which included in the trial record photographs of stage IV pressure ulcers (bedsores), evidence of lethal levels of nutritional deprivation, plaintiff’s contentions of falsifications in the medical record and plaintiff’s contentions of inadequate staffing and care, the jury returned with the largest verdict in Hudon County history. Immediately following the verdict, numerous post-verdict filings were made by both the plaintiff and the defense. Over one year after the verdict, the trial judge determined that it had given improper instructions to the jury, as a consequence of the opinions expressed in the test of an unrelated decision released on a different case (that had not been released until nearly a year after this verdict). However, the content of the instructions at issue in Dwyer were agreed upon by Plaintiff, the defense and the Court itself. The Court ordered the parties to re-try the case. However, the case found its way before the Appellate Division (a higher-level court), with Plaintiff’s contention that the trial court’s instructions were proper, were wholly in line with the as-yet unreleased and unrelated decision and were unassailable by virtue of the fact that they were acceded to by the defense.

For those reasons, Plaintiff’s filing with the Appellate Division demanded that the $13,200,000 verdict remain intact. While that issue was pending in the appellate court, the case resolved confidentially for an undisclosed sum.

The verdict was the subject of an intense two-day attorney instructional seminar in Washington, DC, co-chaired by Cohen, numerous local and national articles, received coverage on the front page of the New Your Times and remains the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey history.


Worded directly with the United States Department of Justice on the Matter of United States v. Mercer County. This is the only CRIPA (Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons) claim ever brought by the United States Government against a New Jersey Nursing Home. Cohen worked closely with both investigators and the U.S. Attorney’s Office – on a confidential basis prior to release of findings – in uncovering sub-standard conditions at a facility known then as the Mercer County Geriatric Center. The coordinated effort resulted in not only a lawsuit filed by the United States against Mercer County Geriatric Center, but additionally the appointment of significant oversight – leading to higher quality care for the residents at that facility.


First attorney in the State of New Jersey to develop and participate in a continuing legal education seminar through New Jersey ICLE to help teach attorneys how to litigate against nursing homes.

Cohen participated in what became the annual presentations for over 15 years and continues to provide education and guidance for counsel through lectures and writings, locally and nationally.


As a Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer, Cohen has published a myriad of articles on all aspects of long term care litigation, including, the MDS Coordinator, Requests for Admissions, Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (OBRA), Never Events, New Jersey’s Nursing Home Statute and New Jersey’s Nursing Home Regualtions, Mediation in nursing home litigation, Group home litigation, Chapter published in nursing litigation textbook and The Role of the Medical Director in Nursing Home Litigation.

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Cohen Kolodny Abuse Analytics, LLC
331 Newman Springs Rd, Bldg 1
4th Floor, Suite 143
Red Bank, NJ, 07701


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Posted by Cary | January 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Assisted Living Facility (ALF)/Nursing Home Consultation
My 77 year old Aunt has had a precipitous decline in her physical and mental function recently from vascular dementia. A friend who had a great result working with Dave recommended him to me. I spoke with Dave about the considerations I should have in placing her in an ALF or Nursing Home. Dave answered all of my questions patiently and thoroughly. His years of experience and expertise were readily apparent and something you would not find by trying to "Google" this information online. More importantly, Dave was compassionate. I felt like he knew my Aunt even though he had never met her. I feel really good that I hired Dave.
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Posted by Lisa | August 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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nursing home neglect
I hired David a year ago to represent my case against a hospice agency and a nursing home. My personal/family attorney recommended David. Initially, I was confident in his knowledge and skill set in the area of nursing home issues. David is an exceptional attorney. He is an excellent communicator. If I would email or call him with a question, I would get an immediate response. I always felt that my concerns as his client were paramount to him. If I was puzzled by a certain application of the law that pertained to my case, David would explain to me why a certain course of action was beneficial. However, he would confer with me, and my point of view was respected and considered. I felt that we worked as a team. In a world where people feel that keeping one's word is superfluous, David is a man of his word. His conscientiousness in handling my case minimized and often alleviated my anxiety with respect to its outcome. There were several variables that made my particular case challenging. However, it was ultimately settled in a timely fashion, and I am elated with the results.
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Posted by Chuck | May 23, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I hired David Cohen to represent me in a legal malpractice case. The case is currently active, so I can't comment on the result yet. But I can say that David is very knowledgeable about the relevant case law and is very good at communicating his plan for the case. He is very responsive whenever I have a question and taken the time to explain the process as it relates to this case. This has given me a high level of confidence moving forward.
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  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)


  • Rutgers University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dwyer v. Harborview Nursing Home
  • Verdict: $13,200,000
  • Coordinated Nursing Home Abuse Investigation with the US Department of Justice
  • Lawsuit: US v. Mercer County


  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chair - SLGCC
  • 2014 - 2017
  • American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation Group
  • Chair - NHLG
  • 2009 - 2010
  • New Jersey Association for Justice
  • Co-Chair - Nursing Home Boardwalk Seminar (15 years)
  • 2000 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Weidemann & Wysocki Award
  • American Association for Justice
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Boardwalk Convention - Co-Chair and Speaker
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • 2015

Attorney endorsements

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Nursing home abuse and neglect Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"David is known throughout the region as one of the top notch nursing home abuse and neglect lawyers. He teaches other lawyers how to best prosecute these cases. His knowledge and experience in this area of law is significant. My law firm works with him on certain cases due to his expertise. It's good to hire the lawyer that the lawyers use. Highly recommended!"
Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. David is pleasant, detail oriented, prompt and efficient. He is resourceful and creative and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him."
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