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At a Glance


“Great work-life balance”

“A lot of client interaction”

“Relaxed culture”


“Lack of associate mentoring”

“Fewer resources”

“Lack of diversity”

About Morrison Cohen LLP

Morrison Cohen is a full service law firm with a diverse client base of companies and individuals conducting business in many industries in the United States and abroad. The firm typically serves middle market businesses, financial institutions and sponsors, and high net worth individuals. In fact Morrison Cohen touts itself as the “Law Firm to the Middle Market.”

From Matrimonial to Commercial Law

Morrison Cohen was founded in 1984 by the combination of three firms. Name partner Robert Cohen helped build the firm’s matrimonial law, and he represented many celebrity clients, including Christie Brinkley’s divorce from Billy Joel, Mariah Carey’s divorce from Tommy Mottola, and Michael Blomberg’s 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 these 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 have been as an Associate Justice, 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 a new practice, Strategic Case Review.

A Client for the Books

The firm had a history with the current President Donald Trump too. Cohen represented both Ivana Trump and Marla Maples in their divorces from Donald Trump in the 1990s. By the early 2000s, however, Trump had become a firm client for several matters related to his real estate developments. That relationship ended as many of Trump’s dealings do—in court. Morrison Cohen sued Trump for half a million dollars in unpaid legal fees from a case about a Westchester golf course. Trump countersued for malpractice, and the two sides settled out of court.

A Standout Middle-Market Firm

Morrison Cohen was recognized for three consecutive years by The National Law Journal’s Midsize Hot List (2014, 2015, and 2016). The firm was among 20 law firms from across the nation named to the list, which focuses on mid-sized firms “that excel at deal making, litigation, counseling and other legal services” and “have demonstrated creative strategies that keep them competitive against much larger law firms. They build cultures that attract and retain top talent. And they take pains to understand and serve their clients’ needs.”

In addition, Morrison Cohen’s Business Litigation practice achieved major victories for its clients in the last year. At the end of 2016, Morrison Cohen secured three successful appellate outcomes in one week from the New York State Appellate Division, First Department, an unprecedented accomplishment for a New York law firm.


January 2017
Morrison Cohen Wins Major Lease Decision for Kenneth Cole

In a decision with implications for retailers nationwide, Morrison Cohen, representing Kenneth Cole, defeated shopping mall titan Simon Property Group, L.P. in Indiana state court, Simon's home forum, in Simon's bid to force Kenneth Cole to keep its outlet stores open. Simon’s lawsuit sought to enjoin Kenneth Cole from following through with its business decision to close its outlet stores and, had Simon been successful, an injunction would force Kenneth Cole outlet stores to remain open. The Court denied Simon’s motion and instead held that Kenneth Cole may proceed with its plans to wind down its outlet division.

February 2017
Morrison Cohen LLP Launches Valuation Disputes Practice Group

Morrison Cohen LLP launched a Valuation Disputes Practice Group, which will focus on real estate valuation disputes, particularly “rent reset” arbitrations. Real estate valuation disputes are a highly specialized area of practice in which Morrison Cohen attorneys have extensive experience. This new group will help solidify the Firm as a market leader in this specialized area of practice at a time when surging property values have led to an increasing number of disputes between landlords and tenants of significant commercial leases.

March 2017
Hon. David B. Saxe Joins Firm as Partner

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 as an Associate Justice, New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department. He brings unparalleled judicial insight, wisdom and experience on a variety of matters including appellate strategy and preparation, and alternative dispute resolution. Justice Saxe joins the Appellate practice group and will lead the firm’s Strategic Case Review practice, where he will provide impartial reviews of case strategy and recommendations from the perspective of an experienced member of the bench.

June 2017
Leading Hair Care Brand DevaCurl Acquired by Ares Management

Morrison Cohen client Deva Holdings, Inc., owner of DevaCurl, a leading professional and prestige hair care brand dedicated to curly hair, was sold by private equity firm Tengram Capital Partners, and the company’s other shareholders, to a fund managed by Ares Management, L.P. Tengram played a vital role in growing the DevaCurl brand on the foundation of unique, innovative products and an incredibly loyal and engaged consumer.

Morrison Cohen LLP

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

Firm Stats

Chairman and Managing Partner: David A. Scherl

Base Salary

The firm does not provide salary information. 

Employment Contact

Olivia Snarr
Director of Human Resources & Operations
(212) 735-8605

Major Office Locations

New York, NY

Major Departments

Business Litigation
Compensation, Benefits & Employment
Bankruptcy & Restructuring
Real Estate
Intellectual Property
Individual Client Services