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Barney Ira Cohen

Health care Attorney at Evanston, IL

4.6   9 reviews
  • Licensed for 47 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1976
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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The Firm's mission is to provide boutique high quality client focused, legal services for physicians and other medical professionals. As a physican advocate the firm represents physicians in peer review, resident and fellow disciplinary actions, HIPAA privacy and security matters, healthcare compliance, physician contracting and employment concerns, Fraud and Abuse advice and Firm utilizes cloud computing, internet based resources, and interactive web-enabled applications to deliver legal services in a secure digital environment. We employ novel pricing, networking and marketing practices as an adjunct to the delivery of legal services to physicians engaged in direct primary care, integrative medicine, functional medicine, multi-disciplinary group practice, and concierge personalized physician practices. The Firm also offers its legal services to other healthcare providers such as hospitals and health systems, assisted living, home health, hospice and transitional care providers, and nurse-patient advocates. The Firm aims to maximize its productivity and profitability by leveraging the breadth and depth of experience of its attorneys, while maintaining low overhead expenses.


Concierge Healthcare Attorneys, LLC.
622 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL, 60202


4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2022
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Rewarding Experience
My decision to retain Barney Cohen was one of the best work-related decisions I have ever made. Mr. Cohen is an experienced, compassionate, and effective attorney. During our interactions, I often found myself feeling as I do when I consult another medical specialist. We spoke the same language. I knew the important details, my questions all had thoughtful answers, and the relationship was grounded in trust and confidentiality. I once believed that if I ever needed legal representation it would feel scary and horrible. I was wrong; it felt really good. I had doubts about what was happening in my workplace, so I reached out for advice. I suddenly understood the words “to retain counsel.” I found someone who understood what I was going through, and who could look at my situation objectively, then advise me. Mr. Cohen as an attorney, and a lawyer, but for me, he was truly a wise and experienced Counselor. Although Mr. Cohen helped me with things like contracts and finances, my rights as a physician, I found that our interactions really went to the very marrow of my practice. I was in a place where I was worried and confused. I found myself on the phone with him describing facts – which he asked for – but also talking about my emotions. I expressed what it was to be disappointed in my workplace. And instead of redirecting me, or interrupting me, he really listened. Mr. Cohen has obviously been working with physicians for his entire career. He cares about doctors, and he has a passion for what we do. He is good at his job, but has a great “bedside manner.” He was insightful and understanding, but also decisive and focused. From the moment I retained him, everything suddenly became easier. I was unexpectedly empowered by the process. As far as the brass tacks, everything was done and more. There were multiple logistics that I had not foreseen, that I hadn’t even imagined. But he just took care of everything. He was available 24-7. He told me on more than one occasion that he understands doctors have all kinds of hours, that he is always available. And he was. The last—and perhaps most important— lesson I learned is that you don’t need an attorney only when you’re cornered. You can reach out for somebody just for counsel. They can guide you through turbulent waters. This is what specialists are for. We doctors all depend on one another for guidance—like spokes on a compass. Mr. Cohen is another one of these compass points. Thank you so much, Barney, for taking a difficult and confusing circumstance and turning it into a real success for me. Obtaining your services felt like such a healthy decision. Instead of feeling lessened by a challenging experience, I feel, wiser, stronger. You took a turbulent and rocky time and turned it into something very easy. Your counsel was truly a gift.
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Posted by Adil Imam | April 12, 2021
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My experience with Barney has been nothing but wonderful. He is a very thorough. He was able to provide me with all the information I needed plus more. He was always available when I needed him. I highly recommend anyone who is looking to have a contract reviewed to consider working with concierge healthcare attorneys.
Posted by Rushil | March 4, 2021
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Highly recommended healthcare attorney
As a new grad, I needed a contract lawyer and Mr. Cohen was wonderful and very knowledgeable about all things healthcare. He was in my corner and guided me through the whole process. Along the way was able to get me more money and other contract provisions changed that I wouldn't have been able to get on my own. Very patient and always made time for you. Would highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | June 16, 2020
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Excellent health-care/corporate attorney
Mr. Cohen masterfully negotiated on my behalf favorable terms for my departure from a major academic center. He was very professional and prompt. I would definitely recommend him to anyone with a healthcare/corporate/medical professional regulations issues.
Posted by Beverley Robin | November 28, 2016
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Excellent attorney
I hired Barney to work on my health care employment contract. He is a very bright attorney, well-versed in health care law, and an excellent writer. He is very thorough and professional.
Posted by Keith | June 17, 2016
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Understands physician legal issues
I had the privilege of working with Barney Cohen on a number of resources for physicians on topics such as physician contracting, hospital medical staff bylaws, medical staff disciplinary actions, EMTALA, etc. I also relied on Barney for advice on how to best assist physicians who turned to our organization for general guidance on any number of aspects of their relationships with hospitals and health systems. Barney is very knowledgeable about a wide range of legal issues affecting physicians, and he excels at identifying solutions to physicians' often-complex legal situations. I have always been particularly impressed by Barney's ability to translate legalese into easily understood bites for a lay physician audience. In short, I highly recommend Barney Cohen.
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Posted by David | May 2, 2016
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Outstanding attorney!
Barney supported me as in-house, corporate counsel at a major health system in Texas, when I was in the role of Administrator of a 141-bed hospital. He served as my "go to" for all legal matters, including everything from professional liability, risk management, contracts, regulatory and medical staff issues. He is very helpful and confident. Outstanding attorney!
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Posted by Robert | February 27, 2016
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I am very blessed to have Barney on my team
I first met Barney Cohen when I was desperate for help and called the AMA. Barney was professional, personable, and knowledgeable. I have a disability and a hospital was trying to force me off their staff. After patiently listening to me and finding out that I am still very capable of safely caring for patients, Barney told me how I could fight that hospital. If it was not for Barney Cohen, I would have quite practicing. Instead, about 10 years after developing a disability, I am happy and my patients are happy. Three hospital systems welcome me with open arms and I have filed an ADA lawsuit against the one still trying to force me out. I did not even know what kind of attorney to look for. Barney helped me find an ultra-expert in the area I needed. He pointed out conflicts of interest in attorneys I had talked with. After Barney left the AMA, I found that not all attorneys at state or national medical societies are as helpful as he is. Whether you are already in a jam or you want advice to try to prevent getting in a jam, I recommend Barney Cohen without reservations. I am truly blessed to have Barney as a member of my team.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2023
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Resident Dismissal Appeal
I was wrongfully terminated from the residency training and sought legal help. Google led me to him as he offered a free phone consultation. He appeared to be caring and attentive to details at the beginning. He talked with me multiple times during the day and gained my trust. The next day, I hired him for 350$ per hour and paid a $3000.00 retainer. He sent some messages to the University Lawyer; I transferred him all my documents. Afterward, he went to the passive stage. He did not hold his promises about developing a plan of action in a given time, did not share the documents sent by the university lawyer on time, and started getting rude and threatening with "If you do not back off, I withdrew. my attorney services.", "Go elsewhere if you can find an attorney who can spend your undivided attention," "Your case is not a priority as you convey," and "I will be absent another week because I have ongoing another trial." - I requested him to leave me alone then. He did not answer my questions. Eventually, he sent me an invoice there. He stated he had already used up everything - 3K, and I still owe him $80. Unfortunately, I don't recommend him. Please be careful.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • CEO
  • Concierge Attorneys, LLC.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • American Medical Association
  • 2005 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Barney Cohen, Esq.
  • 2000 - 2005
  • SVP, Legal
  • Methodist Hospitals of Dallas
  • 1998 - 2000
  • General Counsel
  • Michael Reese Medical Center
  • 1985 - 1998
  • Associate General Counsel
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • 1980 - 1985
  • Staff Counsel
  • Illinois Department of Human Rights
  • 1976 - 1980
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • University of Illinois, Chicago
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • health care law matters


  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • 1980 - Present
  • Illinois Association of Hospital Attorneys
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1976 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1976 - Present
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • Treasurer/Secretary
  • 1984 - 1984
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Service
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
  • 1984
  • graduation Cumme Laude
  • University of Illinois
  • 1973


  • American Medical Association
  • Model Medical Staff/Governing Body Dispute Resolution Process
  • 2013
  • American Medical Association
  • Model Annotated Physician-Hospital Employment Agreement
  • 2012
  • American Medical Association
  • Physician's Guide to Medical Staff Bylaws
  • 2012
  • American Medical Association
  • IPM Module Fraud and Abuse
  • 2012
  • American Medical Association
  • IPM Module Patient Confidentialiuty
  • 2012
  • American Medical Association
  • IPM Module Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Clinical Practice
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • American Medical Association
  • Physician Contracting
  • 2015
  • American Medical Association
  • Physician Liability for In-Flight Care
  • 2014

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Evanston Health care Lawyer Barney Ira Cohen
Barney Ira Cohen
Health care Attorney
Evanston, IL
Licensed for 47 years
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