Cohen & Grigsby P.C. at a Glance


  • “BigLaw work with small firm feel”
  • “Partner and client contact”
  • “Great work/life balance”


  • “Not enough pro-bono opportunities advertised”
  • “Base pay”’
  • “Stress”

About Cohen & Grigsby P.C.

Pittsburgh-based Cohen & Grigsby was founded in 1981 when Charles Cohen and a group of nine other lawyers, all but one of whom were former colleagues at Reed Smith, left BigLaw behind to start their own, and in Cohen's words, "more entrepreneurial," firm. Robert Grigsby, an Allegheny county court judge, joined in 1985, and the firm originally known as Manion Alder & Cohen became its current incarnation, Cohen & Grigsby. The firm has seven major practice groups in Business & Tax, Labor & Employment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Estates & Trusts and Immigration/International Business, and it has also opened a public affairs practice.

Learning by Doing

Community service is a mainstay of Cohen & Grigsby's summer associate program, and in 2012, the firm tried something different. Instead of being assigned a project, associates were asked to create their own and were charged with organizing, managing and implementing it together. The associates chose to collaborate with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and involve themselves in community beautification and cleanup of the city's Market Square and Cultural District areas. The firm has also given summer associates more exposure to business development by tasking them with researching clients. Summer associates presented their findings and proposals about how to improve and expand the firm's business to partners. 

Tech Startups, Live Music and William Shatner

Cohen & Grigsby's AlphaLaw Program provides small technology startup companies with free legal advice via a partnership with Innovation Works, a company that invests in young tech startups in the Pittsburgh area. The firm's president and CEO, Jack Elliot, has called the venture "a way to invest in the region's future."

The firm is unique in its commitment to maintaining a palette of interests outside law. Cohen & Grigsby opened its own art gallery, the C&G Gallery, in the front reception area of its offices where it displays the art of famed photojournalist Harry Benson, among others. It also partners with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust for its Cohen & Grigsby Trust Presents Series, which brings live music and entertainment acts like Esperanza Spalding and William Shatner's one-man show to Pittsburgh. 

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Cohen & Grigsby P.C.

625 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 297-4900
Fax: (412) 209-1864


  • Employer Type: Private
  • President and CEO: Jack W. Elliott
  • Hiring Partner: Michael D. Winterhalter
  • Total No. Attorneys 2014: 138

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $110,000
    Summer associate: $2,292/week

  • Summer Associate Offers
    5 out of 7 (2013)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Affordable Housing
    Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights
    Commercial Lending
    Complex Commercial Litigation
    Construction Litigation
    Emerging Business
    Energy Real Estate, Land Use
    ERISA & Employee Benefits
    Immigration Estates & Trusts
    Insurance Coverage Litigation
    Intellectual Property
    International Business
    Labor & Employment
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Personal Injury Litigation
    Private Equity/Mezzanine Financing
    Public Finance
    Real Estate
    Securities Litigation
    Trade Secret/Non-Compete Litigation

Major Office Locations

  • Pittsburgh, PA (HQ)
  • Naples, FL