Henry C. CohenDirector
Henry has been practicing law for more than 44 years and is experienced in estates and trusts, tax and business matters. He is a Director and a member of the Corporate & Tax, Estates & Trusts, International Tax Advisory Services, and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups.
Henry worked as a Certified Public Accountant at Arthur Young & Company from 1973-1985. He was the partner in charge of the tax department for the Pittsburgh office of Arthur Young from 1981-1985.
He has counseled individuals, families and businesses in a wide array of industries. He has experience in individual and corporate income taxation with extensive experience in compensation planning and business ownership transfer transactions, as well as mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and estate planning/administration. He also handles corporation/shareholder transactions and general business and commercial matters. He has represented clients before the IRS and other tax authorities and tribunals.
Henry successfully argued a multimillion-dollar tax case before the Ohio Supreme Court; represented a large corporate bankruptcy estate in defending against a multimillion-dollar assessment by the IRS; and defended a large corporation against an IRS assessment that was larger than the total value of the client company.
Henry also represented a large partnership in a seven-year case against IRS claims; handled complex probate and trust estate administration; and represented clients in business purchases, sales, reorganizations and other transactions.
He has been a member of many professional organizations, including the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Allegheny Tax Society, Pittsburgh Tax Club, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Estate Planning Council of Pittsburgh, the Duquesne Club, the Estate and Trust Planning Committee of the Florida Bar Association, the Collier County and Lee County Bar Associations and the Estate Planning Council of Naples.
His community activities have included serving as a board member of Jewish Family and Community Services of Southwest Florida; serving as a board member and chairman for The Children’s Institute; president of the board and chairman of the Human Resources Committee of the Upper St. Clair School District; member of the board and chairman of the Legal Committee and the Grievance Committee for the Chartiers Country Club; board member for the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce; and president of the Vasari Country Club Master Association, a Homeowners Association with 766 homes. He has also played an active role in the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and Temple Emanuel of South Hills.
Henry was instrumental in starting Cohen & Grigsby’s office in Bonita Springs, Florida in 2001. He is listed in the The Best Lawyers in America for tax law, litigation and controversy – tax, and trusts and estates and has been listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.
He served as an adjunct professor of law, business planning and federal income taxation at Duquesne University from 1975-1988.
Henry has authored many articles which have appeared in the Cohen & Grigsby Review, including “Where is Home?”, “The Many Faces of Florida Homestead” and “The Dangerous World of Employer-Owned Life Insurance.”
He is a frequent speaker at professional meetings on various domestic and international tax topics. He discussed the “Current Developments in Florida Homestead” for the Collier County Bar Association and “Business Entity Selection” for the Entrepreneur’s Law School, Florida Gulf Coast University.