Michael is a seasoned litigator and trial lawyer who represents hospitals, nursing homes, other health care providers, municipalities, colleges, universities and private educational institutions in a variety of litigation matters. He leads the firm’s Health Care Litigation team and is a co-founder of the Indian Law & Gaming team.
I currently focus my practice on three main areas, in which I apply more than three decades of litigation and trial experience.
I regularly represent hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and other members of the regulated health care community in litigation and administrative proceedings. My cases concern medical staff issues, privacy matters, reimbursement claims, residency disputes, restrictive covenants and various contract and tort claims.
I represent municipalities and other non-tribal interests across the country in matters regarding Indian tribal sovereignty, including opposition to casino gaming initiatives, Indian land claims and other aspects of Indian law.
I represent colleges, universities and private educational institutions in federal and state court litigation regarding academic misconduct, tenure, defamation and other tort and contract issues.
In the Indian Law arena, I regularly monitor developments at the Bureau of Indian Affairs, in Congress and in the courts regarding the taking of lands into trust for the benefit of Indians, Indian land claims and the regulation of Indian gaming. It is important for our clients to be able to anticipate the issues likely to be raised by local Indian tribes asserting sovereignty.
St. John's University School of Law, J.D.
State University of New York at Albany, B.S., Accounting
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Michael received the 2013 Long Island Business News Leadership in Law award for his leadership in the legal profession and community. He has repeatedly been named a New York Super Lawyer, most recently in 2014. Michael has also received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatingTM from Martindale Hubbell®, the highest possible rating for ethics and legal ability.
Michael Cohen is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association; the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA); the New York State (Commercial and Federal Litigation, and Municipal Law sections) and Nassau County (Commercial Division Subcommittee; Courts Committee) Bar Associations; and the Federal Bar Council. He is a vice president of Long Island’s Advancement for Commerce, Industry and Technology (ACIT). Michael is also active in the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting and has served as judge for the Coalition’s annual FOLIO Awards.