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Stephen Ross Cohen

Family Attorney at Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

4.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 48 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1974
    Active No misconduct found

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

About Stephen

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Obtaining fair and appropriate sentences and relief for people overcharged with crimes or who are innocent. Communicating with Judges and Prosecutors for 40 years to get the best possible outcomes for my clients

  2. Family
    40 years doing divorces, annulments, collecting child and spousal support, fighting for custody and visitation for fathers and mothers, aggressively protecting the welfare of children, paternity suits,

  3. Personal injury
    40 years of arbitrations, trials and negotiations on behalf of injured people to seek prompt payment for repair of their vehicles, helping people obtain medical treatment for their injuries even if they do not have medical insurance and finally obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries, loss of wages and other losses.

  4. Contracts and agreements
    I have drawn contracts for musicians and litigated them in court. One understands the importance of different clauses much more after spend weeks litigating them.

  5. Real estate
    I have a brokers license and have bought and sold home for myself. As an attorney I can negotiate with much more strength and with a mathematics minor I understand the value of a dollar and as a former appraiser I also understand the three different forms of evaluating properties

I have practiced  since 1974 (40 years).  Trials covering family, criminal, real estate, personal injury, probate and contract law.  My clients have included entertainers, judges, attorneys and law enforcement officials.  I will not name them,  all clients deserve privacy!


I am limiting my cases to Los Angeles and Orange County in California

1.criminal such as, white collar crimes or serious felonies (including sexual misconduct with minors),

2. accidents involving serious injuries ( broken bones, damaged organs) .

3 Family Law and Divorces : support, modifications, collections, custody, property disputes


 I am often consulted by other attorneys and work with experts : doctors, accident reconstructionists, economists, jury consultants, psychiatrists, certified public accountants which can be used and justify their fees in cases of large damages.


I do not wish to offend anyone, but my skills in trial have been forged in battle  I do not  consider  saving money to represent my clients to the best of my ability and use every necessary tool at my disposition. 


If you want to win and are willing to pay the costs, please feel free to call and schedule an appointment . You get what you pay for, saving a few dollars can cost thousands if you hire the wrong attorney!



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Stephen R. Cohen & Associates
609 Deep Valley Drive #200
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, 90274


4.0 / 5.0
  7 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | February 23, 2014
Willing to help
I was searching for an attorney on and came across Mr. Cohen. I sent him an email with a few details about my case and received a call back within 5 minutes. I was surprised Mr. Cohen called me back so soon as it was a Sunday afternoon. Unfortunately Mr. Cohen wasn't able to help me with my case because of my geographic location. However he still took the time to talk with me and guided me in the right direction. Because he took the time I now know what to look for in an attorney in my area. Thank you very much you're awesome.
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Posted by Pat | January 3, 2014
Excellent Service from an Attorney who Knows how to Triumph
As the Christmas holiday period was going full force, I had a legal question that I suspected would not be answered in time for fruition. Atty. Stephen Cohen changed that by providing a simple and straightforward answer in lickety-split time on His answer had profound effects; it saved me and public entities valuable resources because what I would choose to do with his generous assistance would be streamlined and not impose undue burden on public entities (Superior Court, to be exact). As a taxpayer, be happy. Atty. Cohen selflessly helped ensure only properly filed papers be filed instead of a well-intended motion that could usurp the valuable time and energy of our public servants. Atty. Cohen has impressive depth and breadth not only with the law but also of common sense and practicality. He focused on the genuine issue, not being sidetracked on emotional misdirection or misguided assessments. From my experience, I presume the caliber of service he provides to his clients has to be a strong and zealous advocary where only the best interests of his clients are considered viable. He addressed my concerns with accuracy and expediency, and I am grateful for his candor and compassion. How he addressed my question showed he had impeccable legal skills and could be as versatile as appropriate for each client regardless of the deviation of the circumstances. I am grateful for his direct approach and on-point evaluation, and I believe he has a fierce capacity to fight any legal battle to eek out the best possible outcome even when the scenario is not a pretty one. Atty. Cohen's technical knowledge and competency with the law is above reproach, and in light of the fact that he is proficient in many areas of law, you can't go wrong in having an attorney who fights for underdogs (when no one else will) allow his true passion, dedication and diligent commitment rise to the surface and shine bright. Contact him to direct your legal challenges to your best advantage so that you too can triumph with having all options laid out and then the best one is chosen.
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Posted by Albert W | January 18, 2013
Good Ethics
Came well recommended and Excellent Work Ethics
Posted by kevin | November 12, 2012
he helped us when no one else would
im in a bad spot and have asked more than 40 attorneys for some help .no one has offered to help me except Stephen-im sure hes unable to help very many people that are poor -but im lucky he took the time to go out of his way to help me .not many people would do this .he gives my familly hope -its hard to explain how important this is for us -his help will get us out of severe poverty and put my children back to school and three meal a day on our table .which has not happened in two and a half years.saunders family says thank you
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Posted by William | October 24, 2012
I was married for twenty five years, however the recent changes in the economy greatly decreased my earnings. My wife, when she divorced me, wanted alimony based on old earnings and did not disclose her under the tables earnings. Mr. Cohen brought all of this to the attention of the court and I am paying no alimony. He did this at a very reasonable expense. He returned my phone calls and e-mails timely, answering my questions and even anticipating, and explaining, concerns about custody and visitation even before I asked. I would recommend him to anyone obtaining a divorce in California. Hes a Pro lawyer.
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Posted by Laura | March 30, 2021
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Did a lawyer really ask that question????!
Someone asked this lawyer what to do in terms of ACS requesting a drug test. His first line in responding is "What does ACS stand for?" Are you serious?? And these are one of the many people giving us "solid, legal advice?" Come on now, that is beyond acceptable to not know what ACS is and even dare to give someone any advice in this situation!!
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Posted by macey.bernards | May 29, 2015
Answer was childish and unprofessional
I had asked a questions regarding the child visitation for a parent that had relocated out of state. His response..."grow up and think about the children instead of yourself" Really? He had absolutely no background on the relationship that my ex husband and I have, which is very amicable. He ASSUMED there was friction, or that we were fighting about visitation. Instead of simply providing the information requested (which another lawyer did immediately) he took it upon himself to act as though he was trying to break up a fight in the school yard. Very unprofessional.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-495 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.3 (Excellent)


  • Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University
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  • Oakland University
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 23
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 16
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Mar 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
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"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant, trustworthy and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
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"40 years of law practice is what we call experienced plus. His knowledge of the law and procedure is excellent and evident in his pro bono contributions here. Client reviews are stellar. READ THEM! He should be an avvo rated 10 but us old guys are less internet savvy. Do yourself a favor and schedule a consultation with him first if your looking for the best. KUDOS"
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Sep 28
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 24
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 21
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"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible.I endorse this lawyer.I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 30
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
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"I endorse this lawyer. Great attorney and smart advice... definitely deserves more endorsements!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
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"Attorney Cohen's posts on Avvo demonstrate a superior knowledge of the law coupled with an understanding as to how to apply the law to real life situations. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
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"I endorse this lawyer. Stephen has more lawyer endorsements than ANYONE else I know and I have been a criminal/dui lawyer 42 years in northern Ca. His ratings are the best. Hire him."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Jun 07
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"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 07
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"Mr. Cohen is generous enough to share his legal knowledge on sites like Avvo. Apart from being kind, he is also a passionate, intelligent, and skilled attorney.I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
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"I endorse this lawyer. He is a very knowledgeable and passionate attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Stephen. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 03
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"I endorse this lawyer. From his answers and time he spends on AVVO, it is clear he is dedicated to serving those in need in addition to his clients. It's rare that an attorney would spend so much valuable time helping the community [for free] and I applaud him for doing so."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
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"I endorse Mr. Cohen. Although I don't know him personally, I have read enough of his contributions on this site to develop a respect for him and his legal insights."
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