Roy Alan Cohen

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Mr. Cohen is a senior trial lawyer with over 38 years of experience litigating and trying a wide variety of product liability, toxic tort, construction, environmental and groundwater contamination, professional liability, premises liability, automotive and trucking, class action, and business litigation matters.

He leads trial teams in New Jersey and New York, often working collaboratively with other lawyers around the country as a virtual law firm. He often serves as national, regional and local counsel to foreign and domestic clients and their lawyers and is outside general counsel to a number of companies. He is known as an assertive and professional advocate, and clients regularly cite to his strategic thinking, integrity, professionalism, and management skills as the reason for retaining the firm. Recently, he was described by a client as "the best attorney I work with in this country. He is highly ethical and cutting edge in case analysis and early resolution. In a word: Outstanding."

Mr. Cohen serves as Chair-Elect of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and will serve as Chair from August 2018 to August 2019. He has been recognized by peers in numerous professional organizations in which he has served, including as Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Toxic and Hazardous Substances Committee, Chair of the ABA TIPS Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, Self Insurers and Risk Managers Committee, and Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee, and the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Product Liability and Toxic Tort Section. He is a member of the Product Liability Advisory Council, the Litigation Counsel of America, and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. He has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Top Attorneys in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly, and in New Jersey Super Lawyers in various categories. He has been certified and recertified multiple times since 1987 by the Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Trial Certification as a Civil Trial Attorney and is a frequent author and lecturer on litigation and trial subjects.

Representative Matters
  • High profile class action medical monitoring and groundwater contamination claim for a major chemical company for $20 million involving complex strict liability, public and private nuisance, trespass, and RCRA claims.
  • $22 million arbitration brought against an engineering firm for issues relating to defective asphalt and construction involving complex engineering, construction and expert/causation issues. Thirty days of trial, resulted in a complete defense verdict for our client.
  • Class action defense of a major building products company involving claims of strict liability, breach of warranty, consumer fraud, negligence, and other claims.
  • Defense of substantial commercial litigation involving contract dispute of $20 million in pending and future claims.
  • Defense of design professionals or owners in over 50 cases involving claims for design, construction oversight and administration and construction defect claims.
  • Defense of premises owners and contractors on claims concerning safety, medical monitoring and neighborhood exposures.
  • Defense of a major automobile manufacturer in New Jersey product liability litigation.
  • Defense of environmental consultants in more than 30 cases involving soil remediation and groundwater contamination matters.
  • Defense of hundreds of cases involving self-insured and insured private and public trucking companies in wrongful death, personal injury and property damage matters.
  • National coordinating counsel for a major Canadian asbestos mining company (1982-2002) in 25 states. Currently national asbestos litigation counsel for a group of construction companies, an equipment manufacturer, and a major elevator manufacturer, and New Jersey and New York counsel for a major automobile manufacturer, a chemical manufacturer and four other companies in premises liability and product cases.
Honors and Awards
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal – Compendium Edition, 2017
  • Recognized in Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences -Product Liability; Product Liability Defence, 2016
  • Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney, (Certified in 1987; Recertified in 1995, 2003, 2009, and 2013)
  • 2013 IADC Trial Academy, Faculty Member, Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, CA, July 26 - August 2, 2013
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Rating (highest rating) since 1987
  • Recognized by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Yearly since 2010
  • Named to the Super Lawyers Magazine list for Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Torts, Environmental Litigation, Yearly since 2010
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, 2012 - 2018, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, Yearly since 2013
  • Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers List, Environmental, Transportation, and Defense Litigation, 2005 – 2015, Business Litigation, Yearly since 2005
  • Recognized in Super Lawyers Business Edition, Personal Injury Defense: Products Liability, Yearly since 2005
  • Recognized by The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers, Yearly since 2010
  • Recognized as one of nine New Jersey product liability defense lawyers by The International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers and the International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Yearly since 2010
  • ABA TIPS Leadership in Action Award for Chairing the Transportation Mega Conference programs from 1993 to 2013, April 2013
  • Award of Excellence for Chairing the Transportation Megaconferences from 1993 to 2001, ABA TIPS, August 2001
  • Committee Chair Certificate of Appreciation, Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, ABA TIPS, August 2005

Honors and Awards

Organizations/Memberships
  • American Bar Association, Tort, Trial, and Insurance Practice Section —  Section Chair-Elect, 2017-2018; Vice-Chair, 2016-2017; Content Management and Member Services Committee, Chair, 2017-2018; Section Council 2013-present; Long Range Planning Committee, Chair 2016-present, Member 2012-2015; Membership Committee, Co-Chair 2016-2017; Corporate Counsel Outreach Task Force, Chair 2014-2016, 2013-2014; Finance Committee, 2012-present; CLE Board, 2011-2016 and Co-Chair, 2000-2002; TIPS Fellow, 2012-present; Professionals, Officers and Directors Liability Committee, Vice-Chair, 2005–2011; Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee, Chair, 2004-2005, Vice-Chair, 2006-2017; National Programs Co-Chair, 1998-2000; Self Insurers and Risk Managers Committee, Chair, 1998-1999; Products, General Liability & Consumer Law Committee, Chair, 1996-1997
  • Litigation Counsel of America – Inducted into Fellowship in 2011; Inducted to Complex Commercial Litigation Institute in 2011, and Inducted into International Institute of Environmental, Energy and Natural Resources Law in 2011
  • E.I. duPont de Nemours & Company Primary Law Firm Network—Engagement Principal, New Jersey; Chair of Marketing and Referral Committee, 2012-2014
  • Product Liability Advisory Council—Attorney Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel—Toxic and Hazardous Substances Committee, Chair, 2006–2008; Product Liability Committee; International Practice Committee; Class Action Committee
  • Defense Research Institute Inc.—Trucking Law, Industrywide Litigation, Products Liability, and Environmental Law Committees
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), Member
  • Emerging and Environmental Claims Managers Association (EECMA), Member
  • Forum for Environmental and Toxic Tort Issues (FETTI), Member
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association—Product Liability and Toxic Tort Section, Board of Directors, 1993–1998; Chair, 1991–1993; Federal Practice and Procedure Committee; Civil Practice Section; Certified Civil Trial Attorneys Section
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Elected 2005

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1982
  • New York, 1986
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1981
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1992
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1993
  • Pro Hac Vice Admissions in 17 states

Education

Delaware Law School, J.D., 1979

  • Law Review: External Managing Editor—The Delaware Journal of Corporate Law
  • Moot Court Honor Society
  • Delaware Law Forum, Legislative Editor

Franklin and Marshall College, B.A., Economics and History, 1976

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146

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