Steven R. Cohen - Selikoff & Cohen, PA
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Steven R. Cohen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1989
Phone: 856-291-0591

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.

Temple University School of LawJ.D. State University of New York at BuffaloBA 1973
New Jersey State Bar Association

Case History

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. 

Client Comments

"Steve Cohen is an impressive attorney who has been particularly effective in the area of labor relations. His ability to respond to issues in a clear and concise manner while looking at all options has served the members of the New Jersey Education Association extremely well. Steve will characterize both the pros and cons of the issues so that we are aware of all possibilities, which has proven to be very helpful when making decisions that have far reaching implications. I thoroughly enjoy working with Steve, as I always learn something new from him and that helps me in my position as president of the New Jersey Education Association."

-Joyce Powell
New Jersey Education Association

"Mr. Cohen is an outstanding attorney who is able to counsel our organization, its affiliates, and individual members in a variety of settings. His long experience of litigating and counseling in a broad range of labor and employment matters affecting public employees is exceptional. Speaking first hand, as a fellow attorney, his ability to communicate basic and sophisticated legal concepts is always on the mark; he is able to do this with a wide range of people within a diverse organization and with different levels of experience with legal issues. Mr. Cohen is exceptionally timely in responding to questions, assignments, and litigation. My tenure with the organization has been nearly six years; I can say that our organization is extremely fortunate that we have been able to call and rely heavily upon Mr. Cohen during this entire time. "

-David Rosenberg
Associate Director

"As a longstanding member of the Executive Board of P.B.A Local 243, I can say with extreme certainty that Mr. Cohen has been a prized asset to our organization. We consider Mr. Cohen to be an expert in his field. He is always available to the union when there is a problem with regards to any and all of our labor disputes. Mr. Cohen's expertise and knowledge in the field of labor laws have proven time and time again to be invaluable to our union, and we highly recommend him for any and all matters involving labor issues."

-Harry Albert
Shop Steward
Policeman's Benevolent Association, Number 243

"Steve has worked for PBA 77 for over 15 years, which is a testament to his abilities as a labor attorney. As the fourth largest PBA local in New Jersey, we always have several labor-related issues on the table. Steve is always able to handle any matters that come before him; he is a thorough examiner and one of the best litigators I have worked with. Steve is also highly regarded by our members who he has represented in administrative and grievance matters. "

-Norman Meyers
Business Agent
NJSPBA Mainland Local, 77

Office Location

700 East Gate Drive, Suite 502
Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Individuals
Labor Law - Union

Other Information

Race: Caucasian
Gender: Male