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Health antitrust litigation
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 100 attorneys in offices in Washington, DC; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Raleigh, NC; and Palm Beach Gardens, FL. The firm litigates primarily in the following areas:
- Civil Rights & Employment
- Complex Tort Litigation
- Consumer Protection
- Employee Benefits/ERISA
- Ethics and Fiduciary Counseling
- Human Rights
- Public Client
- Securities Litigation & Investor Protection
- 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 cannot obtain legal counsel. We litigate challenging, high-profile cases that are often a part of the national conversation. Our results frequently establish legal precedent, leaving a positive impact and lasting legacy. We are proud to partner with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the Human Rights Defense Center and others in our pro bono work.
Cohen Milstein has been repeatedly recognized for its dedication to pro bono causes. Recent awards and recognitions include:
- In 2019, Cohen Milstein was named to The National Law Journal’s “Pro Bono Hot List.”
- In 2019, Public Justice Foundation named Cohen Milstein one of five finalists for the “Trial Lawyer of the Year.”
- In 2018, Cohen Milstein’s Joseph M. Sellers received the NAACP’s“Foot Soldier in the Sand” pro bono award.
- In 2018, the Daily Business Review named Diane L. Martin among the “Most Effective Lawyers – Pro Bono.”
Cohen Milstein is committed to recruiting, promoting, and retaining a diverse workplace within our firm. We view diversity as 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.
We are proud that both the National Bar Association and The National Law Journal have named Cohen Milstein as one of the top 50 law offices in Washington, DC for diversity efforts. With a 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 its 2019 “Glass Ceiling Report,” Law360 named the firm among the best mid-sized (50-149 lawyers) firms for female attorneys – 51.6% of our partners and one-third of our equity partners are women – two years after highlighting us as one of four law firms “moving the needle on gender diversity.” Similarly, 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.
To ensure it maintains a diverse workplace, the firm has a Diversity Policy and an active Hiring and Diversity Committee that regularly reviews all aspects of its hiring, retention, and promotion practices. A Partner Chairs the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committee and works closely with its Human Resources staff and firm leadership to advance diversity in the workplace. Cohen Milstein has developed multiple processes that it follows to advance its goals. The firm posts job announcements with organizations and to websites with diverse members and readers and advertises at law schools that have a high percentage of lawyers of color among their alumni. The firm specifically encourages applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply. Because of these and other efforts, the firm routinely fills 20 percent to 40 percent of its summer associate class with candidates of color.