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Morrison Cohen LLP

About Morrison Cohen LLP

With more than 100 lawyers based out of a single office in midtown Manhattan, Morrison Cohen provides legal services around the globe across a dozen practice areas. The firm has been named to the National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List multiple times.

Three is the Magic Number

Morrison Cohen was founded in 1984 through the combination of three firms. Name partner Robert Cohen helped build the firm’s matrimonial law practice, and he represented many celebrity clients, including Christie Brinkley in her divorce from Billy Joel, Mariah Carey in her divorce from Tommy Mottola, and Michael Bloomberg in his split from Susan Brown. Peter Morrison was a litigator who specialized in securities fraud and white collar cases, including representing the notorious late-1980s NYC fraudster David Bloom. Since its beginnings, the firm has moved on to other practices, especially commercial law.

In 2016, the Hon. David B. Saxe joined the firm as a partner in the Business Litigation department. Justice Saxe served on the bench for 35 years, the last 19 of which were as an Associate Justice in the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department. Justice Saxe brought three of the firm’s practices to the forefront: appellate, alternative dispute resolution, and strategic case review (a new practice).

A Firm of Many Strengths

Given its roots in the Big Apple, it isn’t surprising that Morrison Cohen is highly regarded for its corporate work. In the M&A realm, the firm has experience advising investment and merchant banks, lenders, private equity firms, and public and private strategic buyers and sellers—among other clients. While the firm is based in NYC, its reach is wide ranging, and the firm is adept at handling cross-border transactions. It also takes an interdisciplinary approach to its work, with lawyers collaborating across practice areas to best serve clients in deals.

M&A is hardly the firm’s only strength in terms of corporate work. Morrison Cohen also focuses on commercial lending and finance, corporate governance, emerging companies, private investment funds, securities and capital markets, and venture capital and private equity, to name some.

Morrison Cohen also boasts a strong business litigation practice. The firm staffs its litigation matters strategically and only with experienced litigators. The firm prides itself in being both “advisors and trial lawyers,” providing clients with a personal experience and litigation teams dedicated to their needs.

Real Estate is another strong point for the firm. The firm’s experience includes such areas as acquisitions and sales; condominiums and cooperative financing; housing; hospitality; leasing; loan work-outs, restructurings, and foreclosures.

In addition, the firm counsels clients in a variety of other areas, including executive compensation and employee benefits, IP, labor and employment, litigation, real estate, restructuring, tax, and technology and data privacy. The firm works across myriad industries, from financial services and e-commerce to manufacturing and consumer products to software and medical devices, and more.

Focused on Its People

Morrison Cohen prides itself in providing a stand-out atmosphere for its associates. The firm has ranked among the Top 20 midsize firms for Associates Satisfaction in Vault’s rankings. And according to the firm, “We boast smaller, more intimate legal teams on each matter with an emphasis on working smarter, not harder.”

News & Awards


January 2020

In January 2020, Morrison Cohen announced its new chairs and co-managing partners: Steven M. Cooperman—Corporate department—and Y. David Scharf—Business Litigation department. “We are excited about this new chapter in Morrison Cohen’s history and about the opportunities for leading the firm to continued growth in this new decade and beyond,” Scharf said. “We are honored to lead the firm during this important time.”

September 2019

Five lawyers from Morrison Cohen were recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2020. Among the lawyers included are Andrew W. Bank (Real Estate Law and Litigation-Real Estate), Mary E. Flynn (Litigation-Real Estate), Terence McLaughlin (Litigation-Bankruptcy), Joseph Moldovan (Litigation-Bankruptcy), and Robert M. Sedgwick (Employee Benefits ERISA Law). All of the lawyers were included in the New York lists for their respective areas.

September 2019

Several lawyers from Morrison Cohen participated in the annual Ezer Mizion Golf and Tennis outing to help raise money for the world’s sixth largest bone marrow registry. Morrison Cohen has been a longtime supporter of the cause, participating in this particular event in the past and also offering pro bono services to the organization behind it.

July 2019

Morrison Cohen was named to three prestigious Vault lists: 

  • The firm was named to Vault’s 2020 “15 Best Midsize Law Firms in New York.” This ranking highlights the firms doing “BigLaw quality work in the largest legal market in the country, but with a smaller legal team.” 
  • The firm also was ranked in the Top 20 for Associate Satisfaction in Vault’s “Midsize Quality of Life Rankings,” which are derived from Vault’s Annual Associate Survey of nearly 20,000 associates.
  • In addition, Morrison Cohen was named to the “Top 150 Under 150,” Vault’s list of leading midsize law firms created to recognize outstanding law firms with fewer attorneys, but no less expertise, than the global megafirms that often otherwise dominate rankings and headlines.
Morrison Cohen LLP

909 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 735-8600

Firm Stats

Managing Partners: Steven M. Cooperman and Y. David Scharf
Deputy Managing Partners: Peter K. Anglum, Kristin T. Roy and Salomon R. Sassoon
Hiring Partners: Danielle C. Lesser (Business Litigation) and Randi Mason (Corporate)

Base Salary

Morrison Cohen does not have fixed class-based salaries but rather pays its associates and senior counsel merit-based salaries and bonuses.

Employment Contact

Deirdre Rose
Director of Human Resources & Operations
(212) 735-8729

Major Office Locations

New York, NY

Major Departments

Business Litigation
Business Solutions, Restructuring and Governance
Executive Compensation & Employee Benefits
Labor & Employment
Individual Client Services
Real Estate
*See firm website for complete list of practice areas and industries.