Frederic D. Cohen
Major studios and entertainment companies, as well as national public and private companies, rely on Fred Cohen’s instincts and judgment for successful outcomes. Notably among the appellate matters on which he has worked, Fred was lead counsel in Coppola v. Warner Bros., successfully obtaining through post-trial motions and appeal the reversal of an $80 million judgment against Warner Bros.
Fred is a partner at the firm, which he joined in 1981. He is a California State Bar Certified Appellate Specialist and a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers. He has presented numerous arguments before the California Supreme Court, as well as some 150 arguments before the state and federal appellate courts.
Fred presented oral argument in the California Supreme Court on behalf of a group of universities and insurance carriers in Saelzler v. Advanced Group 400, a landmark landowner liability case in which the Supreme Court endorsed strict causation limits on liability.
Fred lectures annually at the California State Bar Conference on Federal and State Appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Fred was an attorney with the Appellate Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, where he represented federal agencies in actions raising constitutional and other challenges to a wide variety of federal actions. (See, e.g., AFL-CIO v. Kahn, affirming the President’s authority to condition government contracts on compliance with wage and price guidelines.)