Justice Joel M. Cohen was appointed to the Court of Claims by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2018 and the same year was designated an Acting Supreme Court Justice in New York County by Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks.
From 1987 until 2018, Justice Cohen was a commercial litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (22 of those years as a partner of the firm). In 1986-1987, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas A. Clark of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Justice Cohen is a member of the bars of the State of New York and the District of Columbia. He received his B.A. in Economics from Binghamton University in 1983 and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1986. He is a member of the Georgetown Law Alumni Board and the Harpur Law Alumni Council and served on the editorial board of the American Bar Association’s ANTITRUST LAW DEVELOPMENTS (4th Edition 1997).
In connection with pro bono representations in private practice, Justice Cohen was a recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Award from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for the successful representation of a death row inmate and a Pro Bono Achievement Award from Sanctuary for Families for the successful representation of a domestic abuse survivor seeking alimony and child support benefits.