Charles W. Cohen is a member of the firm’s Litigation department and co-chair of the firm’s eDiscovery practice group. His practice focuses on: (1) complex, multi-jurisdictional domestic and international litigation and (2) counseling clients regarding electronic discovery and information management.
Charlie's litigation practice includes a wide variety of matters including: product liability, consumer class-action and commercial litigation; securities, shareholder’s derivative and Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation; and international litigation with experience litigating in countries on five continents. In addition, Charlie also represents clients in investigations by the US Congress, Department of Justice, state attorneys general and regulatory bodies. He also has extensive experience in internal investigations and compliance efforts. Chambers USA, The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers and a number of other publications have consistently recognized him.
Charlie's electronic discovery and information management practice includes assisting companies throughout the document life cycle and in litigation situations. He brings his litigator’s perspective to electronic discovery issues, always considering the issues in light of the client’s overall strategy and the approach that will lead to the best result at trial.
Charlie is a co-chair of the firm’s Technology Committee and served a term on the firm’s Executive Committee. He has chaired the New Jersey Defense Association Products Liability Committee, and has published and lectured on a variety of topics, including products liability, coordination of multi-jurisdictional litigation and attorney-client privilege.
Member and past chair (2010 – 2012), New Jersey Defense Association Products Liability Committee
Member, International Bar Association, Litigation and Product Law and Advertising Committees
Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI) Data Management and Security Committee and DRI International
Ranked by Chambers USA as one of the top product liability lawyers in the United States
Recognized by The Legal 500 United States as one of the top product liability and mass tort defense lawyers (pharmaceuticals and medical devices)
Ranked by Legal Media Group's Expert Guide as one of The World's Leading Product Liability Lawyers
Recognized and listed in The International Who’s Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
Identified as a top-ranked lawyer in Super Lawyers magazine in the areas of class action and mass tort
Co-author, “The New Constants – Death, Taxes and … Social Media?” Bloomberg BNA (April 2013)
Co-author, “Winning Prescription Medicine Personal Injury Cases on Motion,” New Jersey Defense (Fall 2011)
“e-Discovery Case Law Update – Winter/Spring 2010,” Fios Inc. webcast, March 24, 2010
“Multilingual Madness: Globalization is Colliding with the Complexity of E-Discovery,” Legal Tech, New York, Feb. 3, 2009
“We’re All in This Together: Coordination with Your Outside Counsel is Essential to Successful E-Discovery,” Corporate Counsel Seminar, Mastering the Discovery Process for the General Counsel, New York, November 2008
“Data Overload: Effectively Dealing with Information Preservation and Discovery,” Mealey’s Litigation and Trial Strategies SuperConference, Miami, October 2008
“Qualcomm v. Broadcom: What Lessons Have We Learned?,” Association of Litigation Support Professionals, webinar, May 2008
“Discovery of Foreign Language Documents,” Catalyst Secure Seminar, New York, December 2007
“Use of Technology at Trial,” Atlantic City Inns of Court, Atlantic City, NJ, March 2007
“Electronic Discovery,” New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association/New Jersey Defense Association, Woodbridge, NJ, October 2005
In re: Vioxx Litigation, 395 N.J.Super. 358, 928 A.2d 935 (App. Div. 2007) Affirming dismissal for forum non conveniensof cases brought against the client by residents of England and Wales
Hemingway v. New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. and New York Blood Center Inc., 13 A.D.3d 484, 787 N.Y.S.2d 86 (App. Div., 2nd Dep’t. 2004) Affirming summary judgment in favor of the client
Representation of a major pharmaceutical company in one of the largest and most complex pharmaceutical litigations, which involved litigation such as securities, shareholder’s derivative, Employee Retirement Income Security Act, personal injury, as well as multiple class actions and government investigations
Representation of numerous pharmaceutical and tobacco companies facing a large number of personal injury claims
Defense of a major blood center in numerous cases involving alleged virus-contaminated blood transfusions as well as patent licensing disputes
Representation of a major medical device manufacturer in patent-antitrust cases
Representation of a major insurance company in insurance coverage matters involving silicone-gel breast implants and tobacco