recovery stemming from BP oil spill
Powerful corporations sometimes trample the rights of individuals and smaller businesses. Litigation is often the only avenue to compensate victims of corporate wrongdoing. For over 45 years, we have fought corporate abuse, pursuing litigation on behalf of affected individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that have raised challenging, significant and often novel issues. Cohen Milstein specializes in holding large corporations accountable for their actions even though they often have significantly more resources than those damaged by their misconduct. Often, this is accomplished by bringing large numbers of plaintiffs together in a single class to enhance their ability to litigate effectively. One of the premier firms in the country handling major complex plaintiff-side litigation, Cohen Milstein has over 90 attorneys in offices in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Denver, CO; Raleigh, NC; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The firm litigates primarily in the following areas:
- Catastrophic Injury & Wrongful Death
- Civil Rights & Employment
- Consumer Protection
- Employee Benefits/ERISA
- Ethics and Fiduciary Counseling
- Human Rights
- Managed Care Abuse
- Medical Malpractice
- Public Client
- Securities Litigation & Investor Protection
- Unsafe & Defective Products
- Whistleblower/False Claims Act
Cohen Milstein has earned its international reputation by winning complex cases that other law firms did not want to handle. The firm has litigated numerous groundbreaking cases, resulting in landmark decisions on previously untried issues involving antitrust, securities, consumer rights, civil rights and other far-reaching matters.
Cohen Milstein is deeply committed to providing pro bono representation to those who otherwise could not obtain legal counsel. Since the firm's tremendous achievements in the Swiss Banks case ($1.25 billion settlement) a few years ago, Cohen Milstein has remained committed to doing important public interest and human rights litigation on a pro bono basis. Each year, Cohen Milstein attorneys and staff devote thousands of hours to pro bono legal services. Cohen Milstein is a signatory to the Law Firm Pro Bono ChallengeSM, pledging each year to dedicate at least three percent of its total billable hours to pro bono work.
Cohen Milstein has been repeatedly recognized for its dedication to pro bono causes. In 2011, Partner Agnieszka Fryszman was a recipient of The National Law Journal's Pro Bono Award. Ms. Fryszman was recognized for her and colleagues efforts on behalf of Nepali laborers injured or killed at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, for which they obtained several judgments and significant settlements on behalf of the families. Lawyers at the firm also received the 2012 Judith M. Conti Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year Award from the Employment Justice Center, a 2007 Beacon of Justice Award from the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the 2007 Frederick Douglass award from the Southern Center for Human Rights, a 2006 Fierce Sister Award from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, and a 2005 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. Cohen Milstein was also recognized in 2005 for our successful participation in Human Rights First’s Asylum Representation Program.
In recent years, Cohen Milstein has represented, on a pro bono basis:
- families seeking compensation from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
- Holocaust victims and their heirs seeking to recover stolen funds from Swiss Banks that collaborated with the Nazi Regime
- victims of political, religious, racial, and gender-based persecution seeking asylum in the United States
- detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba seeking a fair hearing on their detention without charge
- victims of housing discrimination
- indigent tenants in landlord/tenant proceedings
- persons with disabilities in connection with Social Security Disability claims
- employees wrongly denied overtime pay
- utility customers whose heat was cut off for delinquent payment in the dead of winter in violation of state laws
- grassroots environmental organizations seeking to enforce the Clean Water Act.
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is committed to recruiting, retaining, and promoting a diverse community within our firm. Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses, without limitation, race, color, ethnicity, gender, nationality, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. We believe that diversity enhances the quality of service we provide to clients and makes our firm a more vibrant and fulfilling place to work.
To ensure that the firm continues to make progress in our commitment to diversity, our firm's Hiring and Diversity Committee is dedicated to examining all aspects of our hiring, benefits, training, support, and promotion practices in order to assess progress, identify current needs and implement solutions.
With its long history of advocating for gender equality in the workplace, Cohen Milstein is also proud to be recognized for creating a culture of equality and diversity within the firm. In 2015, Law360 included Cohen Milstein on its “Ceiling Smashers List,” identifying the firm as having the fourth-highest percentage of female partners among 400 U.S. law firms surveyed and ranking it seventh among the 100 best law firms in the country for women to work.