Michael C. Cohan concentrates his practice on planning and problem solving for businesses, primarily in the areas of business-related litigation, all aspects of employment law, and title insurance issues. Mike has made the transition from a litigation attorney to a trusted advisor to many businesses and their owners. As a result, he is very involved, either directly or in close conjunction with other specialists in the firm, in helping business owners meet their goals, prevent problems, and increase profits. If you are a business owner and you lack a go-to person for legal and business advice, Mike can fill your need.
Mike has helped many businesses avoid costly litigation. If it arises, however, he provides goal-oriented, cost-effective help in matters such as breach of contracts, shareholder disputes, trade secrets and non-competition issues, real estate and construction matters, and tax controversies. Mike has considerable experience in the defense of class action cases and other types of complex litigation.
In the area of employment law, Mike not only litigates the employment cases but also advises business clients on compliance with employment laws so as to minimize and avoid problems.
For many years he has also represented title insurance companies in handling claims under policies, coverage issues, and direct litigation against the underwriters, including defending major class action cases.
Early in his career, Mike successfully litigated a trade secrets case on behalf of an employer. The opinion in that case, entitled Pyromatics v. Petruziello, became one of the most frequently cited cases in Ohio in the area of trade secrets. Later, another of his cases, entitled Northfield Park Associates v. Northeast Ohio Harness, became the leading case in Ohio relied on by commercial landlords who seek to recover possession of their property from a tenant.
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Along with other members of the firm, Mike has participated in legal writing, as an author and editor of the Ohio Transaction Guide and Current Legal Forms. He has also lectured to various groups on topics such as trade secrets, non-competition agreements, injunctions, piercing the corporate veil, commercial evictions, title insurance, a variety of employment issues, and wage and hour issues.
Mike was selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2009-2013, Best Lawyers in America and one of Cleveland’s Best Lawyers in 2013-2015 and was selected as a 2013 Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment.
Mike is an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio State, and American Bar Associations, as well as the Ohio Land Title Association and a Board Member of the Cleveland Animal Protective League (2014-Present).
Mike served as Chairman of the firm’s Litigation Department for a number of years, and he has served on the Management Committee for approximately ten years. Beginning in 2006 he has been the Managing Partner for the firm.
Mike and his wife Sarah reside in Lakewood, Ohio. They have enjoyed raising their four children, all of whom have been involved in competitive swimming and a variety of other sports and extracurricular activities. Their children have attended Cornell University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and Boston University.
Over the years Mike has particularly enjoyed his ten years as a youth hockey coach, eleven years as Director of a high school foreign exchange student program, his completion of two marathons, his involvement as a swim team parent, and his service on the Board of a non-profit organization for physically disabled children. He enjoys golf, tennis and fitness.
Mike was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Boston College. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, where he served as an editor of the Loyola Law Review.
Mike is admitted to the Ohio bar and various federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court.