Charles C. Cohen

Chairman Emeritus
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • J.D. (with distinction) The University of Michigan Law School, 1965
  • A.B. (with distinction in major) Dartmouth College, 1962

Chuck Cohen is the co-founder of our Firm. During his 50-year career as a practicing lawyer, he has concentrated on matters of corporate governance, securities regulation of capital formations and business combinations. For more than 40 of those years, he has been a dedicated member of the faculties (with various continuing appointments) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (1976-present), Ave Maria School of Law (2010-2018), Duquesne University Law School (1973-75) and West Virginia University School of Law (1990). Chuck has also completed many engagements as an expert witness, arbitrator, mediator and lecturer in continuing legal education programs.

He is currently active as a member of the Board of Directors of two large privately owned corporations and as a law professor on the subjects of Business Organizations, Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance, while serving as an advisor to the Firm management and certain of its clients.

Board Memberships

  • Boards of Directors of: Eat ‘n Park Hospitality Group, Inc., Preservation Technologies, L.P. and Robroy Industries, Inc.
  • Formerly served on the Boards of Directors of: Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc. (NYSE) (2002-2007), Medrad, Inc. (NASDAQ) (1993-1995), Action Industries, Inc. (AMEX) (1992-1998), Mylan Laboratories, Inc. (NASDAQ) (1972-1976), Hovermarine Corporation (OTC) (1971-1977), Giant Eagle, Inc. (1996-2017), Modern Transportation and Modern Materials (2011-2013), Industrial Scientific Corporation (2001-2006), Cornerstone Phoenix Fund (2000-2003), Precision Therapeutics, Inc. (1996- 2000), Arrow Terminals (1995-1999), Corporation for Standards and Outcomes (1996-1999) and Phar-Mor, Inc. (1992-1995)

Professional Organizations

  • American Law Institute
  • American Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Civic Organizations

  • Honorary Director, Eye & Ear Foundation, 2018-present
  • Honorary Director, Health Care Network of Southwest Florida, 2018-present
  • Trustee, Squirrel Hill Health Center, 2006-2011, 2015-2016 (Chair, 2011-2015)
  • Trustee, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 2011-2014
  • Director, Institute for Transfusion Medicine and Central Blood Bank, 1985-2009
  • Trustee, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, 1994-2006 (Chair, 2002-2005)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995-2002
  • Trustee, The Pressley Ridge Schools Foundation, 1993-1999
  • Trustee, Jewish Association on Aging and Riverview Center, 1991-1998
  • Trustee, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 1993-1995
  • Trustee, United Jewish Federation, 1991-1994
  • Trustee, Eye & Ear Institute of Pittsburgh, 1985-1992
  • Trustee, Eye & Ear Hospital of Pittsburgh, 1983-1990
  • NACD Three Rivers Chapter – Lifetime Achievement in Governance (2018)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers for corporate/mergers and acquisitions
  • Selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list
  • Selected as an Honored Member of the International Who’s Who of Professionals (1996)
  • 1992 Honoree of the Legal Division of the Pittsburgh/Tri-State Campaign for State of Israel Bonds
  • Author, “A Primer on the Basic Themes and Structures of Securities Regulation,” July 2016
  • Author, “A Primer on Corporate Governance Principles,” July 2013 and July 2014
  • Moderator, Compliance and Enforcement Panel, The Past, Present and Future of the SEC symposium sponsored by the SEC Historical Society, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the University of Pittsburgh Review, October 16, 2009
  • Presenter, “Raising New Capital – Legal Aspects,” Florida Gulf Coast University 9th Annual Entrepreneur’s Law School, January 2009
  • Author, “Personal Liability of Directors for Corporate Legal Compliance Failure: Review of State Law Principles,” 10th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2007
  • Co-Author, “Securities Offering Reform-101,” 9th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2006
  • Co-Author, “Another Mutation of Section 12(a)(2) – The SEC’s Securities Act Reform Proposals,” 8th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2005
  • Co-Author, “No Comment – If Martha Stewart Had Just Said Nothing, She Wouldn’t Be In This Pickle,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 17, 2003
  • Co-Author, “A Worthy Restoration Project – Implication of a Private Remedy Under Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1993,” CCH Securities Regulatory Update, December 23, 2002
  • Author, “Insider and Outsider Liability for Trading on Material Nonpublic Information,” 4th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2001
  • Author, “Enhancements to the Role of the Audit Committee, 3rd Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2000
  • Author, “Safe Harbors in Cyberspace,” 2nd Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 1999
  • Author, “Why Corporations Need to Develop a Legal Compliance Code,” Cohen & Grigsby Review, April 1995
  • Author, (Book Review) “The Law of Securities Regulation,” The Journal of Law and Commerce, University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Vol. 7, Issue 1, 1987)