Jonathan Cohen is the firm’s General Counsel. He is also a partner in the Miami office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where he is a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group. Jonathan also serves as an ex officio member of the firm’s Technology Committee.
As the firm’s general counsel, Jonathan advises the firm’s management, Executive Committee and lawyers to ensure that the firm operates in compliance with its legal requirements and high ethical standards. Jonathan is the firm’s chief loss prevention and risk management officer and claims counsel, and his duties include educating attorneys and staff, managing the firm’s legal malpractice claims, and overseeing disciplinary proceedings, internal investigations and other law firm management issues.
Securities and Business Litigation
In addition to being the firm’s general counsel, Jonathan has over 30 years of experience representing private investors and financial institutions in the area of securities fraud litigation. A Martindale-Hubbell AV® rated attorney, Jonathan has represented public companies and groups of individuals in securities fraud class actions and other securities fraud litigation. He has also represented major securities firms, financial services institutions, companies and brokers in FINRA arbitration proceedings and in SEC and FINRA enforcement actions. He defended a national telecommunications company in a lengthy securities fraud jury trial and has also defended international financial institutions in securities fraud claims brought by investors.
He has also represented investors in SEC receiverships, helping to recover millions on their behalf, and in particular, represented a foreign military pension fund in litigation arising from a fraudulent pension fund Ponzi scheme. In both instances, he served on the receivership Steering Committees. He also served as counsel for the court-appointed receiver in an SEC enforcement action in Central Florida and assisted in recovering monies for investors.
Jonathan also represents public companies in connection with internal corporate investigations, primarily involving securities law, antitrust and health care issues, examining a variety of allegations, including corporate mismanagement, self-dealing, inaccurate financial reporting, antitrust and health care compliance and criminal law violations. He has also defended companies in antitrust litigation and provides antitrust counseling.
As the former Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Jonathan also has experience handling patent, copyright and trademark litigation. He provided advice to clients on intellectual property issues, including preparing trademark registrations and representing clients in proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office. He tried a trademark infringement and unfair competition case that resulted in a jury award of $50 million dollars.
He has also litigated cases involving seizure of counterfeit goods, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and non-competition agreements, as well as copyright litigation involving computer software and licensing agreements, and defamation claims. Jonathan also handled litigation involving significant constitutional issues relating to interstate banking and interstate distribution of wine and precedent-setting regulatory issues involving failed banks.
After law school, Jonathan served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Horace W. Gilmore in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.