Steven R. Cohen, Esquire, has more than thirty five years of experience in both public and private sector labor and employment law, including all phases of practice before the trial and appellate courts, National Labor Relations Board, Public Employment Relations Commission, Merit System Board of the Civil Service Commission, Office of Administrative Law, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Division on Civil Rights; contract negotiations, departmental hearings, grievance and interest arbitrations.
Mr. Cohen is a magna cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Temple University School of Law. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He is the former Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (2009-2011) and remains a member of the Section's Executive Committee. He is also a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association's Legislative Committee. He has also served as a Master of the Bench in the Sidney Reitman Employment Law American Inn of Court.
Mr. Cohen’s bar memberships include the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey; United States Supreme Court, United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court of New Jersey and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. He is a Martindale-Hubbell "AV" rated attorney, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (1989-present), and has been named one of the Top New Jersey Lawyers by New Jersey Monthly Magazine (1997-present) and New York Magazine (2005-present) in the field of Labor and Employment Law.
Matter of Wolf, 231 N.J. Super. 365 (App. Div. 1989) — This reported case of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division significantly strengthened the due process rights of professional and non-professional public employees in administrative proceedings seeking removal from /termination of employment.
Gimello v. Agency Rent-A-Car, 250 N.J. Super 338 (App. Div. 1991) — This reported case of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division established obesity as a "handicap" under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("NJLAD"), and established discrimination based upon "perception of handicap" as a cause of action under the NJLAD.
Delran Ed. Ass''n. v. Bd. of Ed., 277 N.J. Super. 538 (App. Div. 1994) — This reported case of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, is one of the early cases intepreting the NJ Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA). The discipline imposed upon an employee for her whistle blowing activities was overturned.
Mt. Holly Tp. Bd. v. Mt. Holly, 199 N.J. 319 (2009) — This decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court altered the legal landscape with regard to the rights of nonprofessional school district employees to arbitrate cases of mid-contract discharge.
In re Sinko, 210 N.J. 150 (2012) — I represented Mr. Sinko, an attorney who had been convicted of a crime and spent time in a federal prison in disciplinary proceedings seeking his disbarment. The New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board recommended disbarment. I was able to persuade the New Jersey Supreme Court to impose a three year suspension upon Mr. Sinko's license to practice law, rather than imposing the penalty of disbarment upon him.