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David S. Cohen, Esq. is the General Counsel for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Tampa, Florida. David drafts and negotiates contracts with sponsors, vendors, employees, broadcast licensees and Suiteholders. He provides strategic legal and business advice in many areas and oversees many organization wide issues.
Prior to joining the Buccaneers, David served in a similar capacity with Angels Baseball LP for 9 years. David also provided legal assistance to AM830 KLAA, the Angels flagship radio station.
Prior to moving to the front office, David spent 9 years working as an Athletic Trainer in the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and Montreal Expos organizations. He is licensed to practice law in California and is a National Athletic Trainers Association Certified Athletic Trainer. Cohen was honored by his peers in the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society as the "2001 Minor League Baseball Athletic Trainer of the Year".
David earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and Masters Degree in Community Health Education from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown, West Virginia. Cohen also earned a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law in San Diego, California. He is also a graduate of the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau Scout Development Program.
David serves on the executive board of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Sports & Entertainment Law Committee. He also served as a board member and Vice-President of the ACC's Southern California Chapter. He also held leadership positions in the ABA Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). He served as the Student Liaison to the TIPS Council (2002-2004), Chair of the TIPS Self Insurers and Risk Managers Committee (2006-2008) and TIPS Task Force on Outreach to Law Students (2007-2009). David is also a member of the ABA Forum on Entertainment & Sports Industries and Sports Lawyers Association.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top Corporate Counsel Award Finalist||Tampa Bay Business Journal||2016|
|Hall of Fame||West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences||2015|
|Finalist - Top Corporate Counsel||Tampa Bay Business Journal||2014|
|Top 10 Thirty-Something's||Association of Corporate Counsel||2013|
|General Counsel||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2013 - Present|
|Director, Legal Affairs & Risk Management||Angels Baseball LP||2007 - 2013|
|Insurance Risk Manager||Angels Baseball LP||2004 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Corporate Counsel (West Central Florida chapter)||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Association of Corporate Counsel||N/A||2006 - Present|
|Sports Lawyers Association||N/A||2001 - Present|
|National Athletic Trainers Association||N/A||1988 - Present|
|Front Office Sports||From Wrapping Ankles to Writing Contracts, the Journey of David Cohen, Esq.||2015|
|Association of Corporate Counsel CLO Perspectives||From Athletic Trainer to General Counsel: David Cohen of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers||2014|
|OC Lawyer||The Law Of Angels: David Cohen||2012|
|Ruling Sports||The Power of a Network: Becoming General Counsel of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||2011|
|California Western School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|West Virginia University||Community Health Education||MS - Master of Science||2001|
|West Virginia University||Exercise Physiology/Athletic Training||BS - Bachelor of Science||1995|
|Stetson Law School||Careers In Sports Law||2015|
|Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Committee||Labor & Employment Law In Sports||2015|
|Cooley Law School - Tampa Bay||Careers In Sports Law||2015|
|Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting||60 Apps for In-House Lawyers||2015|
|National Sports Law Institute Speakers Series||Careers In Sports Law||2014|
|Chapman Law School Sports & Entertainment Law Symposium||Embracing Change||2014|
|Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Conference||Legal Issues Surrounding Social Media||2014|
|Sports Lawyers Association Conference||Insurance Issues Surrounding Large Events||2012|
|Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting||Achieve Success as a Negotiator: Learn a Simple, Effective & Practical Framework as Chief Negotiating Officer for Yourself and Your Company||2012|
|National Workers Compensation Conference||Workers Compensation Issues in Sports||2011|