Robert M. Cohan
One of Dallas’ most respected commercial litigators, Bob Cohan has helped resolve complex disputes for local and national companies for more than 40 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, Bob has placed particular emphasis on antitrust litigation and appellate advocacy.
In resolving disputes for his clients, Bob focuses relentlessly on obtaining the best results for those clients. This approach requires listening, understanding the client’s objectives, and identifying the most effective means of achieving those objectives. Bob recognizes that a client’s interest may be best served by early resolution of a dispute – whether by dispositive motion, negotiated settlement, or some alternative form of dispute resolution. Over his 40-year career, Bob has helped his clients achieve outstanding results by acting on his belief that the best lawyer is not the one who shouts the loudest or exhibits the toughest demeanor, but rather the one who prepares the most thoroughly and who earns the trust of the judge or jury.
Initially trained as an antitrust litigator at the Wald, Harkrader & Ross firm in Washington, D.C., Bob 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. More recently, his antitrust clients have included Barnes & Noble, Cargill Incorporated, Allstate Insurance Company, The Salvation Army, and Burger King Corporation. Bob has prosecuted and defended antitrust claims in state and federal court, in arbitrations, and before the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Texas Attorney General’s Office.
Bob is also an accomplished appellate advocate. He has filed briefs in the United States Supreme Court and has argued cases in the Texas Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and a number of other appellate tribunals. There is nothing Bob enjoys more in the practice of law than fashioning, preparing and presenting an argument before a panel of judges, especially one that asks a lot of question.
In 1978 Bob opened a Dallas Office for the Wald, Harkrader firm. When Wald Harkrader was acquired by a larger firm, Bob co-founded Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw, Aranza & Wulff LLP, which became one of Dallas’ most respected litigation boutiques. Cohan Simpson merged into Jackson Walker in 2001.
B.A., with honors, Brown University
J.D., with honors, University of Texas School of Law
District of Columbia, 1974
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas