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Arnold Garson Cohen

Business Attorney at Knoxville, TN

4.7   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 55 years
    State TN
    Acquired 1969
    Active No misconduct found

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About Arnold

Learn Arnold’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Business
    Business and tax planning, deals and negotiations, contractual transactions, entity formation (corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, business trusts), restructuring and mergers/reorganizations-buying-selling businesses and assets, real estate transactions including leasing-construction-development, financing, Franchising, commercial transactions , Employee Benefits, Many practice areas overlap.

    57 years, 1,500 cases

  2. Probate
    Administration of estates of decedents including related tax planning and tax disputes, business and contractual transactions, real estate, and complex relationships. See Business and Estate Planning above.

    57 years, 600 cases

  3. Estate planning
    Wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, powers of attorney, assisting people managing their affairs and the affairs of others, related tax planning and employee benefits planning. See Business above.

    57 years, 1,500 cases

  4. Tax
    Tax planning and tax disputes with local, state, and federal governments. See Business, Estate Planning, and Probate areas above.

    57 years, 800 cases

  5. Trusts

    57 years

  6. Wills and living wills

    57 years


My goal is to continue practicing law for as long as I continue to enjoy it.  Some of my greatest pleasures are in counseling clients regarding their business and personal affairs where I often am able to solve important problems for clients.  In the event I do not have the expertise for solving their problems, most often I am able to guide them to one or more appropriate persons who can do so.


There is not a single label for my law practice.  My law practice consists of business transactions, tax planning and resolution of tax disputes, estate planning and probate.  In that context I prepare and review numerous contracts ranging from pre-nuptial agreements to real estate purchases and sales, business purchases and sales, financing, leases, franchise documents and others.  In both the business transaction context and in estate planning, I may form, restructure or dissolve entities, prepare trusts, wills, powers of attorney, and other business,  estate planning and tax planning documents. 


Assisting clients in the administration of the estate of a deceased loved one often involves many areas of law including those noted above.  Likewise, assisting people with conservatorships and guardianships of people who have become disabled or unable to manage their own affairs is sometimes an appropriate or necessary undertaking.


Building long lasting professional relationships with clients has provided me with wonderful  personal and professional rewards


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Client's Choice 2013
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  17 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2013
Client's Choice
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Posted by GJ | October 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Cohen is very thorough, he listens well and makes precise decisions. Does his homework and research. I'm glad he answered my request on Avvo.
Posted by anonymous | October 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful
Answered my question very quickly and was thorough in explanation of the law as it applies to my issue. Very helpful!
Posted by Robert Perry | August 11, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great telephone conversation and advice...
Although he will not be representing me in the case I am concerned with, he gave me some great advice and information about what my options are to proceed, which after a period of a day or so, led me to a great idea on how to handle the situation which would be beneficial to all involved, we'll see... if nothing else, the stress of having such a responsibility has been lifted...
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Posted by Jill Thrash | June 2, 2015
Experienced and Knowledgeable
I have read Mr. Cohen's responses to client inquiries on Avvo and been impressed with his responses. I have also heard of his reputation from fellow attorneys in Knoxville. Mr. Cohen is obviously experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate,, I would endorse this attorney.
Posted by Don | November 17, 2014
Mr. Cohen and Glenda were on top of my Mother's estate for the 2 years that it took. She had great confidence in them for the years that she was alive. Mr. Cohen had become a family friend. Glenda always knew where we were in the timeline of things and expenses. Professional.
Posted by mshsutton1512 | September 19, 2013
Landlord/Tennant Law
Mr. Cohen showed compassion and understanding for my situation and got back to me in a timely manner. He looked beyond the initial question and was kind enough to be concerned for my safety and e-mailed me telephone numbers for area shelters. Thank you again Mr. Cohen
Posted by anonymous | August 26, 2013
Arnold G. Cohen
We've used Mr. Cohen on two separate occasions and been very pleased -- professional, knowledgeable, and trustworthy.
Posted by Barbara | August 22, 2013
Arnold G. Cohen put our minds at ease by answering our concerns with knowledge, experience & information we needed.
From the very beginning when we retained Arnold G. Cohen, he was extremely attentive, available to our needs and on top of everything relevant to our proceedings. We did not have to wait and wonder, we were told in very due time. He thought of things we never would have thought of and made sure we understood the jargon and the procedures. He was very considerate to help our schedules work with his. Mr. Cohen is a very intelligent attorney and I would certainly use his services for any legal matters I might have.
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Posted by Dr. M | July 18, 2013
When Legal Advice, Assistance and Representation are Paramount
Professional, astute, patient and client-oriented – these are qualities Attorney Cohen has demonstrated in the 25 years I’ve had the pleasure of using his legal services. Ask a zillion questions and he patiently answers. Display uncertainty regarding your case and he explains in clear, understandable language – though uses legalese in communication with other lawyers. Think you have to conduct research and he immerses you with his vast knowledge base, along with resources for successfully handling your situation. Even though my business is now located in Atlanta, GA, I continue to use the professional service of Attorney Cohen. Why travel the distance? Because when you find an attorney, who is truly client-oriented and genuinely cares about your case; doesn’t rush you in/out only focusing on how many dollars you can generate – then it’s only common sense to maintain connection. I did and you would too after experiencing Attorney Cohen’s exceptional counsel. Plus, it’s hard to settle for less when you’ve experienced the best!!
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Posted by Richard | July 11, 2013
Very Satisfied
Mr. Cohen was instrumental in helping me navigate tax law. I felt very confident in his knowledge and expertiise.
Posted by Mike | July 11, 2013
Arnold Cohen is professsional and takes his responsibilities to his clients seriously.
As a commercial real estate agent, I have worked with Mr. Cohen a couple of times, once when we both represented the conservator of an estate. Mr. Cohen courageously took on the system when other attorneys would not take the case and he prevailed. Because of my positive experiences with Mr. Cohen in this matter, I used his services in representing me as executor of my parents estate. Mr. Cohen's attention to detail is excellent, as well as his legal knowlege. His paralegal is first rate as well.
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Posted by Sharon | July 10, 2013
A trusted attorney who is there for you
We have used Arnold for legal services including estate documents (i.e., will), POA, living wills, and a variety of trusts. He knows what is needed and you can trust that the documents will be done correctly. In addition, he has helped us through probating the estates of parents. It's made the process so much easier at a time that is so difficult.
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Posted by Randy | February 8, 2013
Arnold G. Cohen, Attorney at Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
Mr. Cohen provides legal services in many areas of law. Mr. Cohen provides us excellent legal services in the areas of general practice, banking, contract, estate planning, partnerships and real estate law and has for many years. Mr. Cohen is a very responsive person and has a thorough knowledge in these areas of expertise and comes highly recommended as an attorney.
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Posted by Peter | February 8, 2013
Excellent Work
Our company has worked with Mr Cohen for some time. He is responsive, gets results and his advice has proven to be of value.
Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2013
Knows His Stuff
This gentleman knows more law in his little finger that most attorneys learn in a lifetime. I am sure that "lawering" get a bad rap with when the expenses start to mount. But, you know ? At the end of the day, the job is wrapped up and you can rest easy that it was done thoroughly and done correctly. Thank you Mr. Cohen for your wisdom and aevice.
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Posted by Connie | June 20, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Must Say I'm Impressed
From reading all the reviews, I'm impressed. Although there were only 1 negative review, he cared enough to try to fix the problem, which speaks volumes! I just wish he would help me in my situation. He's capable. It may be inconvenient him being in a different county, 1 & half hrs away in TN. But these days, court can be held electronically from the office. It's not a difficult case. I just wish he would put the same concern and work into fixing my problem as he would if it was his own Mother having this problem. But from what I've found so far, the law doesn't apply to Fannie Mae, who gets a pass on white collar crime against people. Please reconsider Mr. Cohen.
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Posted by Angela | April 25, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Rude and constantly interrupts; very poor listening skills
Very rude and constantly interrupted; very poor listening skills during our consultation. Spoke in a denigrating manner which was very demeaning and upsetting. Attorneys apparently do not realize that a consultation is actually a job interview for them, and if they are rude to a potential client they will not be hired. We were very disappointed and would definitely not recommend this attorney based on our experience.
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Response from Arnold Cohen April 27, 2017
Ms. Angela, I greatly regret that I upset you and that I came off as being rude, and I sincerely apologize. That is not my way of dealing with people. You are correct that a phone consultation is a "job interview". It is my policy to be considerate of all who contact me, and I strive to be that way. If our conversation occurred earlier this week, then I think that I remember it and would welcome the opportunity to discuss it further with you by phone and to explain what was happening. You may reach me at 865-524-0510 ext. 108.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Leibowitz & Cohen
  • 1985 - 2010
  • Partner
  • Bernstein, Susano, Stair & Cohen
  • 1969 - 1985
  • Attorney-Adviser
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • 1967 - 1969
  • law clerk
  • United States Court Of Federal Claims
  • 1966 - 1967
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  • George Washington University National Law Center
  • LL.M - Master of Laws (Tax)
  • 1970
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1966
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Bachelor of Science (Economics)
  • 1963


  • Knoxville Bar Foundation
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Hamilton Burnett American Inn of Court
  • Emeritus Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • member
  • 1970 - Present
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Tax Law Section
  • member
  • 1970 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top Contributor
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1980

Speaking Engagements

  • Tax Exempt Organizations From Start to Finish
  • Ethics; Advising on Operational Issues.
  • 2012
  • Drafting LLC Agreements
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • 2007
  • Trusts in estate planning
  • Drafting trusts
  • 2003

Attorney endorsements

Received (27)
Given (18)
Endorse Arnold
Business Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen is a very effective and knowledgeable attorney."
Probate Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Arnold on a probate/real estate closing transaction. He is very thorough and I would recommend Arnold."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohen is very experienced and knowledgeable in his chosen practice areas. I am pleased to endorse this lawyer for his wisdom and creativity."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As a fellow Estate Planning attorney I understand how crucial it is to 'get it right'. Arnold is a dedicated lawyer who gives of his time and talent to help client with one of the most challenging aspects of their lives. He is a credit to the legal profession. We need more with his same level of dedication."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Cohen has an incredible amount of experience in his chosen practice areas and is a highly effective problem solver for his clients. I endorse him."
Estate planning Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Cohen volunteers a great deal of his time and expertise to assist AVVO participants. His responses are knowledgeable and compassionate."
Probate Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"46 years of practicing law is what we refer to as experienced. His knowledge of both the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. His client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! He has the respect of his peers and all of us gain by studying his exemplary library of answers. His endorsements reflect that. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him. If your lucky he might just agree to represent you. KUDOS"
Business Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 01
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer is a person of excellence and integrity. I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Business Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. The information he provides is legally accurate and practically helpful to his clients. I would not hesitate to refer a client of mine to him should the need arise."
Business Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Cohen are practical, accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo asker. These are exactly the qualities that every client looks for when hiring an attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Arnold is careful and precise in his estate planning. I enjoyed working with him on a trust-related issue. He asked thoughtful questions and understood both the big picture and the details."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"From his carefully thought and highly skilled answers to complex fact patterns often raised on Avvo, Mr. Cohen strikes me as a highly skilled, compassionate and altruistic attorney who cares. I immensely enjoy reading his answers and the legal analysis behind each. I wholeheartedly endorse Arnold."
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Knoxville Business Lawyer Arnold Garson Cohen
Arnold Garson Cohen
Business Attorney
Knoxville, TN
Licensed for 55 years