Working at Cohen Milstein

Cohen Milstein is one of the country’s premier plaintiffs class action firms. With over 90 attorneys and six offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning securities, civil rights, antitrust, consumer protection, employee benefits, international human rights, whistleblower/false claims act, and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation.

Diversity & Inclusion

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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.

Benefits

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Cohen Milstein offers a competitive compensation program. Our flexible benefits program features several options to protect health and financial well-being as well as to help achieve a healthy work-life balance. Our programs include the following:

Health

  • Choice of a traditional Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) medical plan or a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) available to employees, dependents and domestic partners
  • Dental insurance available
  • Vision insurance provided

  • Healthcare and dependent flexible spending accounts available

Financial Well-being

  • Life and accidental death and dismemberment Insurance provided
  • Short-term and long-term disability insurance provided
  • Retirement plans
  • Pre-tax transportation benefit program to pay qualified commuting and parking expenses

Work-Life Programs

  • Business casual dress
  • Paid-Time Off (30 days per year for attorneys. PTO for all others varies based on position and tenure)
  • 9 paid holidays
  • Paid maternity, parental and adoption leave
  • Employee Assistance Program with counseling, resources, and referral services provided

Other Benefits – Attorneys Only

  • Flexible work schedule
  • Bar dues (up to 3 states)
  • Contributions for mobile devices and reimbursement for monthly data plan

Current Open Positions

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Legal Fellows

Cohen Milstein Fellowship

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC will begin accepting applications for the Cohen Milstein Fellowship on August 12, 2019. The Fellowship is one year in duration with a start date in the Fall of 2020. It offers recent law school graduates an unparalleled litigation experience at a leading plaintiffs’ firm.  

Overview

With more than 90 lawyers in six offices, Cohen Milstein has been recognized as a “class-action powerhouse” (Forbes); “the most effective law firm in the United States for lawsuits with a strong social and political component” (Inside Counsel Magazine); and one of “America’s 25 most influential law firms” (The Trial Lawyer).

For over 45 years, we have fought corporate misconduct, pursuing litigation on behalf plaintiffs, including individuals, whistleblowers, public entities and other institutions in cases that have raised significant and often novel issues to advance social and economic justice. We are committed to providing outstanding legal representation in a manner that reflects the highest aspirations of our profession.

Fellows work closely with attorneys throughout the Firm on high-stakes antitrust, securities & investor protection, civil rights, human rights, consumer protection, public client, employee benefits, and whistleblower/False Claims Act matters. Fellows participate in all aspects of the Firm’s work, including investigating potential cases, researching cutting-edge legal issues, conducting discovery, drafting pleadings, and collaborating with our colleagues in leading firms across the country.  

Location

The Fellowship is located in our Washington, DC office.

Qualifications

We seek recent law graduates and judicial clerks who share our commitment to performing the highest quality legal work to advance the public good. 

Applicants should have strong academic credentials, superior analytical, research, writing, and verbal communication skills, and demonstrated experience working collaboratively. Applicants must be able to commit to one year of service to be considered for the Fellowship. Applicants must be (1) admitted to the bar of a state, territory, or district of the United States; (2) awaiting exam results or admission after taking a bar exam; or (3) preparing to sit for the next available bar exam.

Compensation and Benefits

Fellows will receive a salary of $75,000 annually and will be eligible to participate in the Firm’s full benefits package.

Application Process

Applicants shall submit a cover letter containing a statement of interest, resume, law school transcript, and writing sample. Please advise us of your bar-admission status in your cover letter.

Application materials should be submitted in the order outlined above, and as a single PDF document, to careers@cohenmilstein.com. Please include “2020 Fellowship” in the subject line of your email.

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

Attorneys

Consumer Protection Associate Attorney

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is one of the country’s premier class action firms. With more than 90 attorneys and six offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning Antitrust, Civil Rights and Employment, Consumer Protection, Securities Fraud and Investor Protection, Employee Benefits, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, International Human Rights, Catastrophic Injury and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation.

Cohen Milstein’s Consumer Protection Practice Group seeks an Associate Attorney with 2-4 year of litigation experience to work in our Washington, D.C. office. A federal judicial clerkship is preferred.

The Consumer Protection Practice Group works to protect consumers from deceptive business practices and defective products. Cohen Milstein has been successful in class actions at recovering monetary compensation for consumers who were deceived by consumer service providers such as banks, insurance companies, credit card companies and phone companies.

Applicants must be able to take a substantial role in researching and writing complaints and briefs, able to conduct discovery, and supervise others in litigation-related tasks, among other responsibilities. A strong academic background with excellent writing skills and analytic ability is required, as is the ability to manage and thrive in a fast-paced work environment. Must be an active member of the DC bar or be willing to apply for membership within 90 days of employment at the firm.

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

Interested applicants should submit their cover letter, resume, and law school transcript to careers@cohenmilstein.com. Please include “Associate Attorney (Consumer Protection)” in the subject line.

Human Rights Associate

Cohen Milstein is one of the country’s premier plaintiffs’ class action firms. With more than ninety attorneys and six offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning Securities, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Consumer Protection, Employee Benefits, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, International Human Rights, and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation.

The Human Rights Practice Group of Cohen Milstein seeks an Associate with three to five years of litigation experience to work on human rights litigation, focusing on human trafficking.  The Human Rights group represents individuals who have been victims of torture, human trafficking, forced and slave labor, sexual violence, and other violations of international law.  More information on the practice can be found on our website at www.cohenmilstein.com.

A strong academic background with excellent writing skills and analytic ability is required, as is the ability to manage and thrive in a fast-paced work environment.  Applicants must be able to take a leading role in discovery, including depositions and motion practice; researching and writing briefs; and at trial.  Experience in tort litigation and trial experience are preferred.

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript.  All application materials should be sent in order as one PDF document to careers@cohenmilstein.com.  Please indicate “Human Rights Associate” in the subject line.

Securities Associate

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is accepting applications for an Associate in the Securities Litigation and Protection Practice in our Washington, D.C., or New York office.

The Securities Litigation and Investor Protection Practice Area seeks to hold corporations accountable by exposing and fighting corporate fraud and other malfeasance. We act as private attorneys general enforcing provisions of the federal securities laws, and work to reform corporate governance through shareholder derivative suits. We currently represent investors in several notable matters, including cases against:

  • a major pharmaceutical company for artificially inflating its prices and deceiving its shareholders;
  • a prominent high-frequency trading firm for manipulating the market for certain Korean futures contracts;
  • Six of the world’s largest investment banks for colluding to prevent modernization of the securities lending market; and
  • Certain officers and directors of a hotel and casino company for shielding their former CEO from accountability for sexually abusing and harassing employees - a novel use of corporate law to combat sexual misconduct.

Our cases offer a unique opportunity to advance the public good while working in private practice.  Applicants must be able to take a substantial role in researching and writing complaints and briefs, play a strong supporting role in discovery, and supervise paralegals in litigation-related tasks, among other responsibilities.  Applicants should also have the following skills and qualifications:

  • One to four years of litigation experience
  • A strong academic background with excellent writing skills and analytic ability
  • the ability to manage and thrive in a fast-paced work environment

Cohen Milstein is eager to develop the next generation of securities lawyers and does not require candidates for this position to have a background in securities law or finance. Associates in DC, who wish to be considered must be an active member of the DC bar or be willing to apply for membership within 90 days of employment at the firm.

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit a cover letter, resume and law school transcript. All application materials should be sent in order as one PDF document to careers@cohenmilstein.com.  Please indicate “Securities Associate” in the subject line.

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

Professional Staff

Legal Assistant

Cohen Milstein is one of the country’s premier plaintiffs’ class action firms. With over 90 attorneys in six offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning Securities, Civil Rights, Antitrust, Consumer Protection, Employee Benefits, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, International Human Rights, and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation.

Cohen Milstein seeks a full-time Legal Assistant to work in our Palm Beach Gardens, Florida office to effectively handle priorities and facilitate the daily operations of a professional and dynamic legal team. The Legal Assistant will be primarily responsible for the review and indexing of documents, electronic filing of pleadings, file organization, coordination and scheduling of calendars, performing tasks both as a Paralegal and Legal Assistant.

Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of complex litigation experience on State and Federal levels
  • Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multi-task
  • Ability to independently perform tasks, juggle multiple activities and work under pressure

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to careers@cohenmilstein.com.    Please include “Legal Assistant” in the subject line.

Summer Associates

Summer Associate

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC is one of the country’s premier class action firms. With more than 90 attorneys and six offices, we specialize in groundbreaking and high-stakes litigation concerning Antitrust, Civil Rights and Employment, Consumer Protection, Securities Fraud and Investor Protection, Employee Benefits, Qui Tam/False Claims Act, International Human Rights, Catastrophic Injury and matters representing state attorneys general in civil law enforcement investigations and litigation.

We are seeking exceptional and motivated candidates with strong writing and analytical skills who will have completed their second year of law school by the summer of 2020.

Our Summer Associates are valued members of our litigation team. In past years, our Summer Associates have drafted portions of appellate briefs, helped prepare for and attended depositions, researched evidentiary issues for trial where the results of their research were used, and worked with co-counsel from other top firms around the country on cases with both national and international implications. Our summer program is generally 10 weeks long.

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, transcript, and writing sample. All application materials should be sent in order as one PDF document to careers@cohenmilstein.com.  If you wish to be considered for a position in our Washington, D.C. and/or New York Office, please specify your preference.

All applications must be submitted no later than September 13, 2019.

Paralegals

ERISA/Employee Benefits Paralegal

The Employee Benefits/ERISA Practice Group is seeking a Paralegal to work in our Washington, D.C. Office on a full-time basis. This position requires strong analytical and interpersonal skills, willingness to work overtime as needed, a commitment to teamwork, and the ability to handle multiple priorities and work with minimal supervision. The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree; Paralegal Certification also considered
  • Exceptional organizational skills and strong writing skills
  • Must have excellent attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products
  • Experience with internet research, LEXIS/NEXIS and Westlaw
  • Experience with discovery management platforms, PACER, and CM-ECF preferred, but not required
  • Prior paralegal experience preferred; but not required

We offer a competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a wonderful work environment. Preference will be given to candidates who will make a two-year minimum commitment to the position.

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and academic transcripts to careers@cohenmilstein.com. Please indicate “Employee Benefits Paralegal” in the subject line.

Public Client Paralegal

The Public Client Practice Group is seeking a Paralegal to work in our Washington, D.C. Office on a full-time basis.  The Public Client Practice Group represents its state Attorney General clients on high-stakes and large-scale matters as they pursue their mission to protect consumers, patients, workers, and public funds from false claims and deceptive practices.  We have assisted public clients in litigating landmark consumer fraud cases against many of the largest financial services, healthcare, and other companies in the United States.

We welcome all interested candidates to apply, including recent college graduates.  This is an ideal position for candidates who are interested in learning more about legal practice before going on to law school, public policy graduate programs, or other similar post-graduate study.   Preference will be given to candidates who will make a two-year minimum commitment to the position. 

Required Qualifications:

To qualify for this position, candidates must have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong research, analytical, and writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, team-based environment
  • Experience in, and commitment to, delivering outstanding work product for clients

Additional Qualifications:

One or more of the following additional skills and experience will strengthen a candidate’s application:

  • Experience interviewing witnesses and investigating the facts of a case
  • Proficiency in using specialized online research platforms (including LEXIS/NEXIS and Westlaw) and document review platforms (Everlaw, Relativity, @Legal, etc.)
  • Experience with Bluebooking, cite-checking, and proofreading legal documents
  • Specialized training or experience conducting data analysis using Microsoft Excel or other software tools
  • Experience working as a paralegal or legal intern in a law firm, government, or non-profit setting

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducting fact research, investigation, and analysis to support legal proceedings.
  • Assisting with the drafting, proofreading, and cite-checking of legal documents.
  • Providing independent, self-directed day-to-day case management, including monitoring deadlines, monitoring case correspondence, and maintaining records and case files.
  • Assisting attorneys with preparation for hearings, depositions, and other litigation events.

 

Cohen Milstein is an equal opportunity employer committed to promoting a diverse workplace. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and other candidates from under-represented backgrounds to apply.

To be considered, please submit a cover letter, resume, and academic transcripts to careers@ cohenmilstein.com.  Please indicate “Public Client Paralegal” in the subject line.  If you have submitted an application for a Public Client Paralegal posting within the past year, please contact us at careers@cohenmilstein.com to advise us of your continuing interest in the position and of any new qualifications or experience you would like us to consider.