Paul Stephan is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the firm’s Consumer Protection practice. Mr. Stephan’s practice focuses on litigating class actions on behalf of consumers who have been misled, deceived or harmed by large corporations.

Mr. Stephan is involved in the following high-profile litigation:

  • COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance Litigation: Cohen Milstein represents restaurants and small businesses across the United States in litigation against their property and casualty insurance providers for failing to cover their COVID-19-related business interruption losses.
  • Ariza v. Luxottica Retail North America (LensCrafters) (E.D.N.Y.): Cohen Milstein represents a putative class of purchasers of LensCrafters’ Accufit Digital Measurement System (Accufit) services, who allege that LensCrafters used false, misleading advertising and deceptive sales practices about Accufit being “five times more accurate” in measuring pupillary distance than traditional methods, to induce customers to purchase LensCrafters higher-priced prescription lens products.
  • Edenville and Sanford Dam Failure Litigation (Mich. Claims Crt.; Saginaw Circ. Crt.): Cohen Milstein represents residents and businesses in Midland and Saginaw County, MI in two property damage lawsuits against Michigan government agencies for their mismanagement of the Edenville and Sandford dams, the subsequent failure of the dams, and the resultant catastrophic flooding. 
  • Reed, et al. v. USA (E.D. Tenn.): Cohen Milstein represents plaintiffs in a wrongful death and property damage mass action against the U.S. Department of Interior and National Park Service for employee negligence related to the handling of the Chimney Tops 2 Fire in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which destroyed more than 2,500 homes and buildings, and killed 14 people in 2016.

Prior to joining Cohen Milstein, Mr. Stephan was a law clerk for the Honorable Anne E. Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Mr. Stephan is the author of an article on arbitration that is forthcoming in the University of Memphis Law Review.

Mr. Stephan earned his B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.  Mr. Stephan received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was a Comments Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.

While attending law school, Mr. Stephan was also a law clerk for the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Office of General Counsel.

Mr. Stephan is admitted only in New Jersey. He is applying for admission to the District of Columbia Bar and is currently working under the close supervision of the partners of the firm who are admitted to practice in the District of Columbia.