Whether in the courtroom or the community, Stewart L. Cohen has worked relentlessly as an advocate on behalf of his clients for over thirty years. Mr. Cohen is a Shareholder at Cohen, Placitella, Roth P.C. , focusing his practice on complex civil litigation, including medical malpractice, products liability, workplace accidents and class actions. His skill as a trial lawyer has resulted in a long record of successes including the “Top Settlement or Verdict of 2013 in Pennsylvania”, a “Top 100 Jury Verdict in the United States”, and a “Top 20 Recovery” in New Jersey. He has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. His clients have included children catastrophically injured at birth because of substandard medical care, victims injured by “one of the most dangerous roadways in America”, an environmental case where he represented the state of Pennsylvania for damage to state parklands caused by underground mining, and the victims of bank fraud. He has made it possible for victims to successfully recover against hospitals, physicians, engineers, product manufacturers, banks, insurers and the pharmaceutical industry.
Mr. Cohen graduated from Penn State University in 1973 with a B.A. including High Distinctions in the Honors Program and Temple University School of Law in 1977 with a J.D.
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Mr. Cohen has been recognized for his professional achievements, charitable efforts and community activities, including awards from United Cerebral Palsy, the Brain Injury Association, the Pennsylvania State University, The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, and Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania. He was chosen to serve as the Chairman and Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
He also was selected to serve on the Judicial Selection Committee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He served Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania on the Planning Commission. He is the recipient of the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from The Pennsylvania State University, and was honored to be a commencement speaker at his alma matter in 2008. United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity dedicated its 2008 graduating class to Mr. Cohen for his ongoing support of people with disabilities.
Philadelphia Magazine has named Mr. Cohen as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, based on a poll of fellow attorneys. He is also been selected as being among The Best Lawyers in America.
Mr. Cohen is a recognized authority on trial law, particularly complex litigation and legal ethics issues. He has been invited to speak across the United States, and for example, has made presentations at:
Harvard University Medical School.
Temple University School of Law
Penn State University
The Pennsylvania Bar Institute
The Philadelphia Bar Association
The Widener University School of Law
The Brain Injury Association
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United Cerebral Palsy
Mr. Cohen is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York in state and federal courts, and has also been admitted especially to practice throughout the United States in individual cases.
American, Pennsylvania, New York, and Philadelphia Bar Associations Member
American Association for Justice Member
Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association Member
Pennsylvania Association for Justice Member
Mr. Cohen was appointed six times by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to serve in various roles for the Disciplinary Board, where he also served as Board Chair. He has served as President of the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania, and an officer and member of the Board of United Cerebral Palsy. He was appointed by Lower Merion Township and served on the Planning Commission and the Environmental Advisory Board.
He has also served on Judicial Selection Commissions for the judges and magistrates of United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Cohen was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” by Pennsylvania State University, and was also honored to be a commencement speaker at his alma matter in 2008. United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia & Vicinity dedicated its 2008 graduating class to Mr. Cohen for his ongoing support of people with disabilities.
Articles & Publications
“Medicolegal Risks and Outcomes of Sedation.” Pediatric Sedation Outside of the Operating Room, S.M. Helbst, M.D. and S.L Coehn, Esq., Ed. Keira P. Mason, M.D. New York: Springer, 2014. 571-585.
Mr. Cohen has authored numerous articles for various legal journals, as well as two college text book chapter, including:
Ethics: Who Is Your Client? Incapacity Under the Pa. Rules of Civil Procedure–the Guardian Ad Litem, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2011)
Liability of Insurance Sales Professionals for Negligent Errors and Omissions, A Review of Pennsylvania Law, 70, No. 2 Pa. B. Assn. Q. (1999)
Human Engineering in Civil Torts Proceedings, Handbook of Psychology and Law (Springer-Verlag, 1992)
Subrogation, 37, No. 5 Risk Management (1990); Resolving Insurance Coverage Disputes in Pennsylvania Through Principles of Tort Law, 15, No. 4 Pa. B. Assn. Q. (1989)
The Recovery Route in Best’s Review, Property/Casualty Edition, Volume 90, No. 3 (1989)
Contributory Negligence by Any Other Name is Still Inadmissible in a Strict Liability Claim, 15, No. 4 The Barrister (1984)