He used introductions from Goonies director, Richard Donner, to get summer jobs on the business side of movie studios, and from this work chose to pursue a career in law as he uncovered that many of the important figures on the business side of Hollywood had law degrees.
He graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 2000 and later became an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles.
He brings the same intensity to bear on his clients’ behalf whether the matter involves billions of dollars or more modest amounts. Cohen was Chief Counsel of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, the federal agency that insures traditional, private pension plans.
In that capacity, he directed the work of 50 attorneys and served as lead counsel for the agency in major bankruptcy proceedings and ERISA litigation.
He is the founding partner of Cohen & Gardner, LLP but is better known for playing "Chunk" in the 1985 Spielberg production, The Goonies.
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He is also a nationally recognized expert on employee benefits issues in bankruptcy. Cohen has successfully argued over a dozen cases and filed scores of briefs in the federal courts of appeals.
In addition, he has appeared as counsel in numerous ERISA cases in the Supreme Court. Cohen is a skilled negotiator and has resolved billions of dollars of benefits liabilities.
Before his appointment as Chief Counsel, he served for many years as Deputy General Counsel of PBGC.