Robert M. Cohan
BiographyOne of Dallas' most respected commercial litigators, Robert Cohan has helped resolve complex disputes for local and national companies for more than 35 years. While he has handled litigation matters ranging from contract disputes to banking and lender liability, securities fraud, franchising, copyright and trademark infringement, and director and officer liability, including class actions, Mr. Cohan has placed particular emphasis on antitrust and appellate litigation.
Initially trained as an antitrust litigator at the Wald, Harkrader & Ross firm in Washington, D.C., Mr. Cohan had the rare opportunity early in his career to be part of the trial team defending a merger before the Federal Trade Commission and on appeal to the Ninth Circuit. In more recent years, his antitrust litigation clients have included Barnes & Noble, Inc., Cargill Incorporated, Allstate Insurance Company, The Salvation Army, Bankers Trust Company, and Burger King Corporation. Mr. Cohan has also represented clients in antitrust investigations by the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission and the Texas Attorney General's Office. Many of Mr. Cohan's cases have involved difficult jurisdictional, venue and other state and federal procedural issues.
In addition to his litigation accomplishments, Mr. Cohan has been a leader in the development of alternative means of resolving complex commercial disputes. He served as lead claimant's counsel in an innovative antitrust arbitration regarding the setting of fees in automated teller machine networks. In connection with this arbitration, the Center for Public Resources presented Mr. Cohan with its 1988 Award for Significant Practical Achievement in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Cohan served as lead counsel for a national restaurant franchisor in a complex arbitration of several novel franchise issues. Mr. Cohan has participated in several other major commercial arbitrations, both as an arbitrator and as lead counsel.
Mr. Cohan is past Chairman of both the Antitrust and Business Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section of the Dallas Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the Dallas Bar Foundation, and a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. He is a Master in the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court.
Mr. Cohan serves on the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Theater Center.
Mr. Cohan has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Antitrust Law and Commercial Litigation (2005-2015) and Litigation — Antitrust (2012-2015). Best Lawyers named Mr. Cohan "Dallas Antitrust Law Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. He has been named a Texas "Super Lawyer" (2003 - 2014) by Thomson Reuters, and he was also honored by Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition for being a "Super Lawyer in Business Litigation."
B.A., with honors, Brown University
J.D., with honors, The University of Texas School of Law
Mr. Cohan served as Article and Book Review Editor of theTexas Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Cohan served as a law clerk for Judge Irving Goldberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.