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Douglas Todd Cohen

Sex crime Attorney at Denver, CO

5.0   132 reviews

also known as Douglas T. Cohen

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  • State Years
    Wyoming - WY 4 years
    Colorado - CO 27 years
  • Licensed for 4 years
    State WY
    Acquired 2019
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1996
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Sex crime
    As a senior district attorney, I served three terms in sex crimes and family violence units. I know the types of evidence the prosecution presents, all potential defenses and the complex sex offender sentencing rules in both Colorado and Wyoming.

    28 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    A former Senior Assistant District Attorney with 25 years felony and misdemeanor DUI and trial experience. I zealously represent clients in DUI, DWAI and DUI-D offenses in Colorado and Wyoming, and tailor strategy to each client's needs and goals.

    28 years

  3. Criminal defense
    A former Senior Assistant District Attorney in Colorado with more than 20 years felony trial experience, specializing in homicide, DUI, sex assaults, child abuse and domestic violence. I zealously represent adults and juveniles.

    28 years

  4. Family
    Special expertise in allocation of parental rights, parenting time/visitation, custody, decision making, relocation, child support, and dependency and neglect proceedings in both Wyoming and Colorado.

    23 years


I am the President and Chief Litigator at Peak Legal Services, LLC.  I have practiced law for nearly 25 years, including more than 13 years as a felony prosecutor. I represent clients throughout Colorado and Wyoming, with offices in both states.

I specialize in criminal defense, defense of sex crimes, DUI and family law.  Regarding criminal defense, I have vast experience with major felonies, including homicides, sexual offenses against children, sexual assault, child abuse and DUI cases. I focus on a client's particular needs and goals, and on advising clients early on whether they should focus their resources on plea bargaining or on going to trial based on the allegations and available defenses.  

Regarding domestic relations, I have expertise in allocation of parental rights, parenting time and decision making, relocation and child support.  Often crimnial allegatons, custody disputes and child protective sercices cases  overlap. It's very important to have one attorney who is skilled in all three areas.  

I provide vigorous, reasonable and individualized represenation to clients throughout the Front Range and Colorado.

Call me for a phone consulation.  I am here to listen to and help you with your legal issues. 

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Peak Legal Services, LLC
600 Grant St
Ste 206
Denver, CO, 80203-3527
Peak Legal Services, LLC
2123 Pioneer Ave
Ste B
Cheyenne, WY, 82001
Peak Legal Services, LLC
717 Arapahoe St
Golden, CO, 80401
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  132 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2021
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Highly recommend
Doug is an amazing lawyer. I was falsely accused of sexual assault and he was able to get the case dropped through his hard work and great knowledge of the legal system. It was the worst and most terrifying thing I had ever gone through but Doug's professionalism and obvious competency gave me a lot of solace through it all. He is very personable and easy to talk to which was extremely helpful in that situation. I highly recommend Doug to anyone going through something like this.
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Response from Douglas Cohen January 19, 2021
Thank you, Sir, for your kind words. I know how stressful these cases are for clients. I commend you for hanging in with me, as we sorted through the evidentiary and legal issues. It was an honor to represent you. You are now free to work on improving your GD guitar jams.
Posted by Wendy | March 22, 2021
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Doug Cohen is the bomb dot com! I was charged with a DUI in the summer of 2020. It was my 2nd DUI with a pretty serious accident involved. Doug put together a plan of action in order to mitigate the damage that resulted from my reckless behavior and we were able to plea down my 2nd DUI to a 1st DUI with absolutely zero jail time. Doug is very knowledgeable and knows exactly what he is doing. In addition to being a great lawyer, he is very personable and easy to work with. It was a blessing to have a straight shooter, like Doug, by my side to help me navigate the ins and outs of the Denver court system and to provide guidance and reassurance. If you ever find yourself on the wrong side of the law, do yourself a favor and give Doug Cohen a call!
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Response from Douglas Cohen November 29, 2021
Now that is some review. I have never been called "the bomb." I'm pretty sure that is a good thing so thank you! It was my pleasure to see you through a tough DUI case and get a fair outcome for you.
Posted by Jim | January 20, 2023
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Freedom restored
I was facing a 20 year prison sentence and a lifetime sex offenders registry when Mr. Cohen took my case. Thanks to His diligent efforts and the high quality of His expert investigators I was cleared off all charges. I highly recommend Mr.Cohen’s legal team.
Response from Douglas Cohen January 22, 2023
Thank you so much for having the trust of putting your freedom in our hands, and also for sticking to your personal beliefs. I am glad we were able to get your sex offense charges totally dismissed. Best wishes to you and your family moving forward.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2024
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Amazing Lawyer
Doug was a fantastic lawyer. I have worked with him on multiple occasions. Absolutely would recommend.
Posted by anonymous | December 28, 2023
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Case dismissed
My family and I reached out to Cohen and his team to help me with my case. I was charged with a misdemeanor harassment charge via text communication under the classification of domestic violence. Cohen and his team were able to help me dismiss my case and get me everything I needed to seal and clear my record. I couldn’t have asked for better representation to get me through this time in my life.
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Posted by anonymous | December 9, 2023
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I was charged with a sex offense in Jefferson County that threatened to destroy my life and career. After researching many attorneys, I hired Mr Cohen. I made the right choice. Mr. Cohen is an amazing lawyer and he and his staff also are very professional. He took his time to help me resolve a sex crimes case that could have resulted in a long-term, potential lifetime prison sentence, major restrictions on my freedom and keep me from raising my kids and running my business. After a stressful, long year in and out of court, Mr. Cohen was able to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor with probation and helped me keep my family and business. He also saved me from having to be on the sex registry for life. Mr. Cohen gathered all the details and put together a plan for me and him to work as a team to reach a reasonable plea. I HIGHLY recommend Mr. Cohen. He is patient, understanding, caring, and understands what each client is going through. Mr. Cohen is a fighter and he will fight for the right reason. He will fight for YOU!
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Response from Douglas Cohen December 13, 2023
I truly appreciate this review. I know how difficult these cases are for clients and that they are often faced with consequences that can be hard to accept. But you have accepted both the proper level of responsibility and the right-sized consequences, which we worked together to achieve for you. This has given you light at the end of a much, much shorter tunnel. So I commend you for that. You did the heavy lifting. I just helped get you there. Best wishes moving forward.
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Posted by anonymous | November 25, 2023
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Review of Attorney Douglas T. Cohen
I highly recommend Attorney Douglas T. Cohen if you find yourself with a DUI case in Colorado or Wyoming. I am a military veteran and retired commercial pilot with an impeccable history. Unfortunately, I was ticketed for a first-ever DUI while on vacation in Wyoming. Mr. Cohen was diligent in analyzing all the evidence in the case. He got the breath test result thrown out due to improper testing procedures, which enabled me to keep my drivers license. Attorney Cohen also negotiated a deferred judgment,sparing me a costly trial and trip back to Wyoming. He got my case totally dismissed after an abbreviated probation. I was very nervous and also embarrassed by the court process as I had never been in trouble before. Attorney Cohen spent a lot of time answering and responding to my questions and trying to put me at ease. I highly recommend him.
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Response from Douglas Cohen December 9, 2023
thank you so much for your kind words. It was an honor to help you resolve this matter and always appreciate being able to help citizens who served our country honorably.
Posted by Kasen | November 13, 2023
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Highly Recommend!
Doug did a great jon helping us out with a matter. He was diligent, professional and caring. He was very thorough and compassionate. Truly appreciate all he does.
Response from Douglas Cohen December 9, 2023
thanks so much for the compliment and for trusting me in helping your family.
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2023
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Trustworthy and Sharp Lawyer!
I am BEYOND pleased to write a review for Lawyer Doug Cohen in Denver, who provided EXCEPTIONAL legal representation during a challenging time. I found myself in an extremely difficult situation with a DUI case. My B.A.C. was incredibly high and the accident I had caused had been very intense. Throughout the entire legality process and henceafter, Doug's expertise and dedication were truly invaluable. Doug demonstrated a deep understanding of the legal complexities surrounding my case throughout the entirety of this season. What struck me immediately was his professionalism and the fact that he took the time to listen and understand my unique circumstances. He made me feel at ease and confident that I had chosen the right attorney to represent me. My case was in Adams County of 2022. One of the most impressive aspects of working with Doug Cohen was his ability to serve me. His willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that I had the best possible defense was greatly appreciated. He not only worked tirelessly on my behalf but also displayed immense respect as he kept me informed at every step of the legal process. Doug's legal expertise became evident as he navigated through the intricacies of my case. He provided clear and honest guidance, making sure I understood all of my options and their potential consequences. His proactive approach helped me make well-informed decisions, and I always felt that he had my best interests at heart. Thanks to Doug Cohen's diligent efforts, I was able to work through the court system with minimal consequences, which was a tremendous relief given the severity of the situation. His dedication, legal acumen, and commitment to his clients truly set him apart as an outstanding attorney. I can wholeheartedly recommend Lawyer Doug Cohen to anyone in need of legal representation, especially in cases related to DUI. He goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients and provides a level of service that is truly commendable. If you find yourself in a challenging legal situation, Doug Cohen is the attorney you want by your side.
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Response from Douglas Cohen December 9, 2023
What a wonderful review! Thank you so much for entrusting your DUI case with me. I am glad we were able to work together to get a reasonable and fair result and that you are on the right track.
Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2023
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SO Case
I was involved in a sexual offense case, I had previously hired an attorney who was the all Gung Ho go get em type. I was at a loss of what I should do because I did not feel it was an appropriate approach to the case. I found Mr Cohen through recommendation of someone who had also been involved in a sequel offense prosecution, after talking with him I decided that it sounded like he knew what he was talking about . It was a good choice on my part because I would probably be sitting in a jail cell if it weren't for him. He negotiated from prison time with life time registration down to a deffered felony of 4 years of probation and registration. He was very professional, walked me through each step, ensured me on things, helped me keep my head up, and most of all never had a bad attitude about doing anything. As his client he went above and beyond to help me get things done to help my case.
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Posted by anonymous | August 22, 2023
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We would hire him again!
Douglas Cohen came highly recommended to us. We hired Doug to represent my daughter through a serious and complicated DUI charge. Not only did he treat her with respect and dignity, but through his hard work, expertise and personal attention the results he was able to produce for her were outstanding. Doug’s extensive knowledge of the law and his guidance on actions needed from his client for proactive restitution following a DUI charge, allowed for a strong working relationship. The respect for Doug conveyed by the prosecutor and the judge further demonstrated his professionalism. In the end, the results Douglas Cohen was able to achieve on my daughter’s behalf were far better outcomes than I ever thought possible. I highly, highly recommend hiring Douglas Cohen if you are in need of a successful, respected and empathetic defense attorney. Best decision we ever made.
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Posted by Bob | July 17, 2023
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Glad I fired my first lawyer and hired Doug instead
I was falsely charged with a serious sex offense. It was a he-said/she-said situation. I made the mistake of talking to the police without a lawyer thinking they wanted to get to the truth of the matter. Instead, they had already made up their mind that I was guilty and only wanted to make the “facts” fit their story. After being arrested, I hired a lawyer that had been recommended to me, but after six months he just wanted me to accept a terrible plea deal, saying that was the best I could expect. I fired that lawyer and hired Doug. Doug was very proactive. It was obvious that he knew what he was doing and that he was going to do everything he could to aid my defense. He even came up with a creative way to try and get some evidence admitted (that would have helped my defense), that the courts had deemed inadmissible on a technicality. Doug made sure I was ready to go to trial with the best defense possible. In the end, I accepted a much more favorable plea deal than the one my previous lawyer had recommended I take.
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Posted by Barry | May 3, 2023
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Reckless endangerment charge
Douglas represented me on a reckless endangerment charge and a child abuse finding from DHS. Douglas was able to easily see how my actions were in self defense and he got the charges dropped and sealed from both the court and DHS. I couldn't be more grateful of Douglas' aid on that case. If you need a defense attorney, Douglas is your guy.
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2023
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Great Knowledge
Doug did a great job knowing what needed to be done on our DUI case. He was compassionate and knowledgeable about the steps ahead. The outcome was great and he was able to get the case dismissed.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2023
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A Cut Above the Rest
DHS in Denver, CO made a finding of child abuse against me, so I hired Doug Cohen as my lawyer to represent me in the case. He is very honest and straight-forward. The case against me was weak, so DHS offered an immediate expungement. Mr. Cohen, being diligent to seek the best possible result for me, consulted me frequently and was extremely transparent and detailed in everything DHS was doing and saying as well as what his thoughts and guidance were. He said that we should seek to get a reversal in the case, should it not be dragged out for years, thus increasing costs and fees I would incur. We decided to seek a reversal in the ruling, and a date was set for a hearing two years from then. Sewing as how an immediate expungement was very favorable and much more cost effective, Mr. Cohen then advised that fighting for a reversal just did not make much sense from a financial perspective due to the hearing date being so far out. Also, the expungement is a great ruling that should be considered. In the end, I chose the immediate expungement and have no worries about the case any longer. I am very pleased with Mr. Cohen as my lawyer and would hire him again in an instant. He is hard-working, blunt, informative, knowledgeable, tactful, and has integrity to top it all off. I highly recommend Douglas Cohen for anyone seeking legal services. I could not say thank you enough.
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Response from Douglas Cohen January 30, 2023
thanks so much for your patience in allowing me to explore all options for you and come to the right resolution that resulted in an expungement of the DHS finding. Best wishes to you and your family.
Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2023
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Top-Notch Attorney
I hope this review captures the depth in which my gratitude for Attorney Douglas T. Cohen and his legal team reaches… For those who don’t like all the wordiness… all you need to know is that I hired Doug to represent my son. He is an honest and skilled attorney who will fight hard for you and your family. I will forever be grateful to Doug and his team for their diligent fight in ensuring that my son is a free man with a shot at establishing a great future and not a life spent behind bars. Here is the longer version, which I do encourage you to read if you are searching for a top notch criminal defense lawyer in Colorado… My 25-year old son was arrested in Southwest Colorado and was being held on 100K cash bond only. As a parent, I’m sure you can imagine the fear, panic, confusion, and stress receiving that phone call brought. As a woman who places her hope and trust in GOD, I prayed and asked for divine guidance in choosing the right representation. I was led to Doug. Keep in mind, I did my due diligence in researching and speaking with different criminal defense attorneys in Colorado. My family and I agreed that Doug was the man for this case. Even though Doug is based in Denver he travels all over Colorado to defend clients and went to Southwest Colorado for my son’s case, including visiting him in person in pre-trial custody. My son was facing multiple felony charges and looking at a mandatory prison sentence of 30-plus years. My son had no other felonies and had never been to prison. Doug was able to yield a very favorable outcome for my son without even having to go to trial. Doug got the bond reduced, got my son back home pending the outcome of the case. He also got all the felony charges dismissed. My son ended up with one misdemeanor charge, time served, and no more jail. If you are looking for great representation, I absolutely recommend you choose Doug. He is honest and will not sugar coat anything. He always took time to answer my questions. I never felt like he was inaccessible. In fact, almost every phone call, text, or email was answered immediately or within 24 hours.
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Response from Douglas Cohen January 30, 2023
Thank you so much for entrusting me with your son's case. It was an honor to help protect his rights and avoid a felony and prison sentence. It also was a pleasure to meet his entire family. I wish you all the best.
Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2023
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Excellent Representation
Can't say enough good things about Doug Cohen and Peak Legal Services. Doug was responsive, knowledgeable and compassionate. He had our best interests at heart and went the distance to help. Would absolutely recommend him to anyone needing help!
Response from Douglas Cohen January 22, 2023
thank you so much for entrusting me with helping your family. I am glad it worked out well.
Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2022
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DUI Help
I could not recommend Attorney Cohen more. After discussing my case with him, he immediately recognized that the way the police handled my traffic stop was suspect. After spending time doing discovery for my case, Attorney Cohen felt that we would have a good chance at me maintaining my drivers license because of the mistakes made by the officers during my traffic stop. While DMV for DUI cases almost always end with loss of driving privileges, Attorney Cohen was able to successfully argue that I should maintain my driving privileges, and I was able to keep my driver's license without any disruption in my driving rights. Additionally, my two children were in the vehicle with me when I was pulled over for which I was charged with child endangerment. Mr. Cohen was able to get both of those charges dropped during negotiations with the District Attorney's office while also securing a one year deferred sentence for my offense. This means that, as long as I fulfill the requirements of my probation, the charge/conviction will be removed from my record. I could not have been happier with Mr. Cohen's communication, professionalism and willingness to answer questions and provide fantastic representation.
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Response from Douglas Cohen November 30, 2022
I am glad we were able to challenge the police work in this case, help you keep your license and hopefully avoid a permanent conviction. We also are glad you, your family were safe and all is well.
Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2022
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Great representation with a favorable result
I hired Mr. Cohen and Peak Legal Services to represent me. I was facing multiple charges for an accident I was involved in during the summer of 2022, including a Class 4 felony for leaving the scene of an accident. I was extremely pleased with his support and guidance through out the process. We worked together to obtain all the supporting documentation required so he could work with the DA to get my charges lowered and avoid any jail time. The results were an 18 month deferred judgement on a reduced felony charge and a dismissal of the careless driving charge entirely. I would highly recommend him to anyone facing similar charges.
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Response from Douglas Cohen November 27, 2022
It was a pleasure representing you and helping you avoid a permanent felony record for a one-time mistake. I am also glad we able to help you retain your drivers license through all this.
Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2022
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Attorney review
iF You are searching for an amazing attorney, we highly recommend Douglas Cohen. Are son was facing felony charges in Larimer county, with the possibility of life in prison. Douglas went above and beyond doing his due diligence. Our son needed some evaluation’s and Douglas researched who would be the best fit for our sons needs, because he has an intellectual developmental disability. His case ended with a misdemeanor and a deferred sentence.
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Response from Douglas Cohen October 6, 2022
Thank you so much for entrusting me with your son's case. I know it was a long road but he and your family were a pleasure to work with and I'm glad we got such a positive result.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Deputy District Attorney - SVU
  • 1st Judicial District
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Senior Corporate Counsel - Director of Investigations
  • Qwest Communications
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • 1st Judicial District Colorado
  • 2001 - 2007
  • Deputy District Attorney - DV
  • 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office
  • 1996 - 2000
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  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1996
  • Northwestern University
  • B.S.
  • 1986

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Mack - Denver District Court
  • Charges dismissed
  • People v. Kuisis - Denver District Court
  • Not guilty verdict and dismissal of charges.
  • People v. Jackson
  • Case dismissed after stop ruled unconstitutional


  • Colorado Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • 1st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1996 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2023
  • Top 100 Lawyers Award
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Colorado District Attorneys Association Annual Conference
  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence litigation
  • 2014
  • Colorado District Attorneys Council Annual Conference 2012
  • Professionalism & Ethics in Prosecution of Family and Persons Crimes
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (4)
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Family Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen and I were both attorneys on a number of Dependency and Neglect cases wherein I observed him to be a conscientious and zealous advocate. Mr. Cohen was always prepared, professional, respectful, and he commanded a great knowledge of the law and his client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Doug on a highly contentious criminal case several years ago and found him very professional and highly competent. He continues to do a great job for his clients and I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Doug is an excellent lawyer who knows his stuff, works hard, cares about his clients, and gets results. I highly endorse him."
Domestic violence Attorney | Aug 30
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Cohen filed a detailed response on this website that I reviewed and thought was outstanding. He clearly knows what he is doing and appears to give 100% which is an excellent quality in a lawyer and is supported by his client reviews,"
Family Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Cohen is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend his legal services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I spent several years working with Doug at the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office and consider him to have been my mentor in how to prepare and try felony cases. Doug is exceptionally thorough and detailed oriented. Someone hiring Doug can be certain that he will take the time to consider their case and scrutinize all angles of it. He is also very strategic and from the inception of a case considers the different pieces of evidence or lack thereof and what follow up is needed. Doug is a straight-shooter and will provide clients with a very candid assessment of their case, all the while being very considerate and invested in the well-being of those affected. I would highly recommend Doug."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a practicing criminal defense attorney and have known attorney Cohen for 20 years. We have consulted together regarding case issues. We both have represented clients in major felony sex assault cases and often discuss trial and plea strategies to achieve the best outcome in what many attorneys consider the most difficult crimial law cases. Doug is one of the most detailed and result oriented attorney I know. His extensive prior experience as a DA and attorney for internal corporate investigations makes him a go to attorney when your freedom or your companies reputation is at stake. Doug's experience in and out of the courtroom will make a difference in the outcome of your case."
General practice Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am a criminal defense lawyer and I have had the pleasure of knowing Doug Cohen for over 20 years. Doug is one of the most talented lawyers I have ever known. He is intelligent, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He is very honest and trustworthy. I would highly recommend Doug Cohen if you are in need of a top notch attorney."
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