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A shareholder at Berger Kahn, Stephan S. Cohn’s practice is concentrated in the areas of insurance, business, real estate and community association law. He routinely litigates business torts, real estate issues, environmental-toxic torts and insurance matters. In addition, he regularly counsels insurers regarding fair claim practices and claim investigations, and directors and officers in the enforcement of governing documents and other day-to-day operational matters.
Steve has represented insurers, directors and officers of corporations, and homeowners associations in a wide range of issues. In the insurance context, he has been involved in claims arising from homeowners’, commercial and automobile insurance policies. Further, he has advised insurers regarding the handling of suspect claims, including fraud. He also routinely handles cases involving environmental pollution and water intrusion issues.
Steve has significant experience litigating third-party and general liability claims and first-party bad faith matters, and has taken and defended hundreds of depositions, including high-level insurance executives and bad faith experts. His expertise has garnered Steve recognition to the list of 2016 Best Lawyers in America, in addition to the 2013-present Southern California Super Lawyers, honors reserved for the top 3-5% of the Bar.
Some of the matters Steve has handled recently are:
• Handling suspected fraudulent claims for commercial, property and automobile cases; business interruption cases; arson and general coverage questions;
• Counseling insurers regarding fair claim practices and claim investigations;
• Asserting and defending liability and injury claims;
• Counseling directors and officers of corporations regarding compliance issues;
• Construction defect and water intrusion cases;
• Employment matters;
• Homeowner association disputes;
• Contractual disputes; and
• Managing all aspects of case preparation for trial, including arbitration.
Steve has lectured to business and insurance groups on topics such as directors’ and officers’ liability, good faith claims handling and torts, and has been a course instructor on Evidence for the University of California at Irvine Extension Program, Course Instructor at University of California Irvine.
He lives with his wife and two children in Laguna Beach.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Best Lawyers 2016 - Insurance Law and Litigation – Insurance||Best Lawyers||2017|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2017|
|Best Lawyers 2016 - Insurance Law||Best Lawyers||2016|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2016|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Southern California Super Lawyers||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Principal||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1994 - Present|
|Attorney||Berger Kahn A Law Corporation||1987 - 1994|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Orange County Insurance Defense Association||Member||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Orange County Regional Chapter of the Community Associations Institute||Member||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association||O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn For Recognition to Super Lawyers Including Elite “Top 100 Southern California” and “Top 50 OC” Lists||2016|
|Super Lawyers||Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2016|
|Orange County Business Journal||Berger Kahn Listed Among “Top Law Firms” in O.C. Business Journal||2016|
|Wall Street Journal||Wall Street Journal Features Berger Kahn as a 2016 “Top Ranked Law Firm”||2016|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Partners Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition||2015|
|Los Angeles Times/ALM||Los Angeles Times Features Berger Kahn Attorneys in List of “Top Rated Attorneys”||2015|
|Attorney Journal||Steve Cohn and Dave Ezra of Berger Kahn Highlighted By O.C. Attorney Journal Magazine For Honors By Best Lawyers In America 2016||2015|
|Best Lawyers||Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Berger Kahn Shareholders to 2016 List||2015|
|Orange County Bar Association||O.C. Bar Association Commends Berger Kahn Attorneys for Selection to Super Lawyers “Top” Lists||2015|
|Attorney Journal||Attorney Journal Features Principal Stephan Cohn and Partner Steven Gentry for Recognition to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers 2015||2015|
|Reuters||Berger Kahn Celebrates 45th Anniversary as a Unique California Law Firm||2015|
|Orange County Attorney Journal||Principal Steve Cohn Featured in Orange County Attorney Journal "Professional Profile of the Month"||2015|
|Super Lawyers||Nine Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Southern California Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2015|
|Super Lawyers||Eight Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers With Top Honors in the Lists of “Southern California Top 100” and “Orange County Top 50”||2014|
|Daily Journal||Daily Journal: “Attorneys Pitch in During the Holidays” features Berger Kahn’s Charitable Efforts||2013|
|Super Lawyers||Six Berger Kahn Attorneys Named to the List of Super Lawyers with Top Honors in the Lists of "Southern California Top 100" and "Orange County Top 50"||2013|
|University of San Diego School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1985|
|University of California, Berkeley||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|Special Investigations Unit||Taking effective recorded statements, contractual limitation periods and policy defenses||2016|
|Legal Aid Society presentation||Legal Aid Society – Orange County||2016|