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Diane Cohen - Boston, MA

125 High StreetOliver Street Tower, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02110

Updated: 02/04/2022

Boston ERISA Lawyer


Diane Goulder Cohen concentrates in ERISA and employee benefits law. She is responsible for assisting both privately held and publicly traded clients on a broad spectrum of ERISA and employee benefit issues including matters related to qualified retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation, health and welfare plans, and fiduciary compliance...

About Diane Cohen

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions


Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1975

Other Affiliations

  • Columbus Bar Association, 1980 - Present (Employee Benefits Subcommittee)
  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1975 - Present (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, 1975 - Present (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker, with Joyce Kahn (IRS Manager, Employee Plans Correction Programs) Creative Pension and Benefits Seminar, "EPCRS Update," 2005
  • Speaker, PWMA Employment Relations Seminar, "Hot Topics in Employee Benefits," 2001
  • Speaker, Nationwide Insurance Company Seminar, "Hot Topics in Employee Benefits," 2001
  • Copresenter with IRS Representatives, Creative Pension and Benefits Seminar, "IRS Plan Correction Methods," 2002
  • Speaker, Paine Webber Attorney Network Seminar, "ERISA 2000-Educate or Litigate," 1999
  • Speaker, Ohio State Bar Association Seminar, "Choice of Entity and LLCs," 1999
  • Copresenter with IRS Representatives, Creative Pension and Benefits Seminar, "Fixing the Broken Plan - IRS Corrective Procedures," 1999
  • Speaker, Highland Capital Seminar, "Recent Developments Affecting Fiduciaries," 1999
  • Speaker, Certified Employee Benefits Specialists Seminar, "Reporting and Disclosure Requirements," 1998
  • Speaker, Creative Pension and Benefits Seminar, "IRS Update - Including Plan Restatements," 1998
  • Speaker, M.A.P. (for United Way Agencies) Seminar, "Reporting & Legal Requirements of Plans," 1997
  • Speaker, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, "Rainmaking," 1997
  • Speaker, Women Business Owners Conference, "Building Your Professional Practice," 1997
  • Speaker, Certified Employee Benefits Specialists, "Highlights of the Small Business Job protection Act of 1996," 1996
  • Speaker, Paine Webber Attorney Network, "Estate and Tax Planning," 1996
  • Speaker, Highland Capital Seminar, "Qualified Plan Overview - Practical Approaches to Compliance & Investing," 1996
  • Speaker, Fawcett Center/Ohio State University, "Qualified Plan Building Blocks," 1996
  • Speaker, Naples, Florida, "Recent Developments Affecting Fiduciaries," 1996
  • Speaker, Columbus Bar Association, CPA and Columbus Life Underwriters' Association, "Advanced Compensation Technique - Planning Options for Executives of Not-for-Profit," 1995
  • Speaker, Lorman Business Center/Ohio Business Law Seminar, "Counseling the Employer Regarding Retirement Plan Choices," 1995
  • Planning Committee, Creative Pension and Benefits Seminar, OSU College of Law (sponsor)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Pension Liaison Group for the Northeast key District of the Internal Revenue Service
  • Ohio State Bar Foundation, Fellow

Past Positions

  • Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, L.L.P., Columbus, Ohio, Partner, Head of Employee Benefits Practice Group, 1989 - 2005
  • Martin, Eichenberger & Baxter, Co., L.P.A., Worthington, Ohio, Partner, 1985 - 1989
  • James Tansey & Associates, Washington, D.C., Of Counsel, 1983 - 1985
  • Diane K. Goulder, Co., L.P.A., Worthington, Ohio, Principal, 1979 - 1985
  • Mayer, Terakedis & Blue (f/k/a Mayer, Terakedis & Weed), Columbus, Ohio, Associate, 1975 - 1979


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1975
    Juris Doctor
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 1972
    Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: summa cum laude
    Major: Political Science
    Major: English

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Tau Beta Sigma
  • Phi Lambda Delta
  • Phi Beta Kappa


Published Works

  • Phased Retirement Programs: Exploring the Benefits and Issues, Webinar for Lorman Education Services, Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 PM (ET)
  • Phased Retirement Programs: Exploring the Benefits and Issues , ERISA Webinar by Lorman (90 min) July 23, 2015
  • "Behavioral Finance In Retirement Plans: Are We Talking out of Both Sides of our Mouths?", New England Employee Benefits Council Connection Series (Waltham, MA), March 7, 2014
  • BNA Tax Management Portfolio, : "EPCRS - Plan Correction and Disqualification," 2014 Edition
  • BNA Tax Management Portfolio, "EPCRS - Plan Correction and Disqualification," 2010 Edition
  • BNA Tax and Accounting:, "Navigating Qualified Plan Correction in Light of IRS and DOL Differing Perspectives," 2009
  • Author, "Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System: A Guide for the Novice,", Benefits Law Journal, 2008
  • Author, The Mature Retirement Plan-Still Not Old Enough to Know Better,", The Daily Reporter, 2001, 2002
  • Author, ERISA Allows Employers to Provide ‘Hot' Benefits Without Getting Burned,, The Daily Reporter, 2001
  • Author, "Employers Should Be Aware of Benefit Plans' Administrative Issue,", The Daily Reporter, 2002

Office Information


125 High StreetOliver Street Tower, 5th Floor Boston, MA 02110


  • 617-357-5250



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