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.