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Michael Cohan - Cleveland, OH

1300 East Ninth Street20th Floor Cleveland, OH 44114

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Updated: 08/08/2023

Cleveland Litigation Lawyer


Michael C. Cohan concentrates his practice on planning and problem solving for businesses, primarily in the areas of business-related litigation, all aspects of employment law, and title insurance issues. Mike has made the transition from a litigation attorney to a trusted advisor to many businesses and their owners...

Michael C. Cohan concentrates his practice on planning and problem solving for businesses, primarily in the areas of business-related litigation, all aspects of employment law, and title insurance issues. Mike has made the transition from a litigation attorney to a trusted advisor to many businesses and their owners. As a result, he is very involved, either directly or in close conjunction with other specialists in the firm, in helping business owners meet their goals, prevent problems, and increase profits. If you are a business owner and you lack a go-to person for legal and business advice, Mike can fill your need.

Mike has helped many businesses avoid costly litigation. If it arises, however, he provides goal-oriented, cost-effective help in matters such as breach of contracts, shareholder disputes, trade secrets and non-competition issues, real estate, and tax controversies. Mike has considerable experience in the defense of class action cases and other types of complex litigation.

In the area of employment law, Mike not only litigates the employment cases but also advises business clients on compliance with employment laws so as to minimize and avoid problems.

For many years he has also represented title insurance companies in handling claims under policies, coverage issues, and defending direct litigation against the underwriters, including major class action cases.

Early in his career, Mike successfully litigated a trade secrets case on behalf of an employer. The opinion in that case, entitled Pyromatics v. Petruziello, became one of the most frequently cited cases in Ohio in the area of trade secrets. Later, another of his cases, entitled Northfield Park Associates v. Northeast Ohio Harness, became the leading case in Ohio relied on by commercial landlords who seek to use self-help to recover possession of their property from a tenant.

Along with other members of the firm, Mike has participated in legal writing, as an author and editor of the Ohio Transaction Guide and Current Legal Forms. He has also lectured to various groups on topics such as trade secrets, non-competition agreements, injunctions, piercing the corporate veil, commercial evictions, title insurance, a variety of employment issues, and wage and hour issues.

Mike has been selected as an Ohio Super Lawyer from every year since 2009, Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation) most years since 2013, Cleveland's Best Lawyers most years since 2013, and he has been selected as a Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment. In 2020 Mike became an honoree of the Irish Legal 100, which is widely recognized as the preeminent legal award for lawyers of Irish descent.

Mike is an active member of the Cleveland Metropolitan, Ohio State, and American Bar Associations, and the Ohio Land Title Association. He is also a Board Member of the Cleveland Animal Protective League (2014-Present).

Mike served as Chairman of the firm's Litigation Department for many years. Beginning in 2006 he has been the Managing Partner for the firm.

Mike was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree (magna cum laude) from Boston College. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University in New Orleans, where he served as an editor of the Loyola Law Review. Mike and his wife Sarah reside in Lakewood, Ohio.

Mike is admitted to the Ohio bar and various federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court and the United States Tax Court.

About Michael Cohan

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Probate and Trust Litigation
  • Employment Law
  • Title Insurance Law


  • 80%

Representative Cases

  • Pyromatics v. Petruziello
  • Northfield Park Associates v. Northeast Ohio Harness


Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio, 1977
  • U.S. Federal Courts, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court

Other Affiliations

  • Active Delegate of the Geneva Group International
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Ohio Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Ohio Land Title Association
  • William K. Thomas Inn of Court


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1977
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Boston College, 1974
    Bachelors of Arts
    Honors: magna cum laude


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Guns at the Workplace
  • Potential Increase in EEOC Claims

Office Information


1300 East Ninth Street20th Floor Cleveland, OH 44114


  • 216-621-3415


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Included on the 2024 Ohio list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Ohio Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Ohio Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Michael Cohan on Super Lawyers


  • Ohio Super Lawyer, 2009 - 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation), 2013 - 2022
  • Cleveland’s Best Lawyers, 2013 - 2022
  • Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyer in Labor and Employment
  • Honoree of the Irish Legal 100, 2020 - Present

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