Scott B. Cohen

Scott B. Cohen

Engelman Berger, PC

Recognized since 2020

Phoenix, Arizona

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Litigation - Bankruptcy

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Scott B. Cohen is a Phoenix based commercial bankruptcy attorney who represents banks, lenders, landlords, guarantors, committees, and other creditors in bankruptcy, creditors’rights matters, loan workouts, business turnarounds, Chapter 11 reorganizations, receiverships, bankruptcy litigation, and commercial litigation. He regularly appears in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and state court proceedings involving liquidations, Chapter 11 reorganizations, receiverships, and commercial lawsuits. Scott is a leading member of Arizona’s bankruptcy law community, as exemplified by his chairmanship (2011-2012) of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona. He is a Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy (American Board of Certification) and also serves as an expert witness in bankruptcy and anti-deficiency matters.


Banks, Brokers/Developers, Business Owners, Doctors, Commercial and Asset Based Lenders, Financial Institutions, Investors, Landlords, Medical Practices


  • Adult Care Facilities
  • Banking and Finance
  • Education
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Healthcare
  • Multi-Family Housing
  • Municipalities
  • Non-profits
  • Real Estate
  • Restaurants and Hospitality
  • Restructuring
  • Retail


  • American Board of Certification, Board Member
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona, Past Chair, 2011 – 2012
  • Arizona State Bar Convention for the Bankruptcy Section, Chair
  • State Bar of California
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Bankruptcy Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association, Past Chair
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation – Lender Liability
  • Turnaround Management Association
  • Arizona Turnaround Management Awards Program, Co-Chair, 2012


  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor DebtorRights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Phoenix, AZ, since 2020
  • Selected to Southwest Super Lawyers, Bankruptcy, General Litigation, Banking, Creditor Debtor Rights, 2008, 2013 – 2019
  • Phoenix Magazine, Top Attorneys in Arizona, 2015
  • AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Board Certified - Business Bankruptcy Law - American Board of Certification


  • “Not So Clear or Convinced: The Burden to Appoint a Trustee under 11 U.S.C.A. § 1104(a)," 2019 No. 5 Norton Bankr. L. Adviser NL2, August 2019
  • “Involuntary Bankruptcy Petitions and Bad Faith as Grounds for Dismissal,” Norton Bankr. L.Adviser, March 2016
  • “An Armistice in the Fight for Anti-Deficiency Reform,” Co-Author, Arizona Attorney Magazine, January 2015
  • “Madeleine Wanslee, ABC - Certified Specialist, Takes the Bench,” ABI Journal, July 2014
  • “A Primer on the Valuation of Affordable Housing in Chapter 11,” Co-Author, XXXII ABI Journal 4, 52-53, 102-03, May 2013
  • Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice, 2nd and 3rd Editions, Contributing Author
  • “Ragsdale and Its Progeny: A History of Uncertainty and A Way to Predict Decisions Under11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(4),” Co-Author, Texas Bankruptcy Court Reporter (also published in the California Bankruptcy Court Reporter, the Colorado Bankruptcy Court Reporter, and a bankruptcy court reporter which covers the 4th Circuit)
  • “Zohlman v. Zoldan: A Marked Improvement in the Jurisprudence of 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(4),” Co-Authored, published in Bankruptcy Court Decisions
  • “Arizona Anti-Deficiency Laws: A Guide to Navigating Uncertainty,” Co-Author, May 2008


  • 2800 North Central Avenue, Suite 1200
    Phoenix, AZ 85004


  • The University of Iowa , J.D., graduated 1992
  • The University of Iowa, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, State Bar of Arizona
  • California, State Bar of California

Court Admissions

  • Arizona
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy

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