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27

2010

Joseph Law Corporation Adds Litigation and Employment Law Specialties with Addition of Jonathan M. Cohen

San Francisco, CA — April 27, 2010.  Joseph Law Corporation announced today that it has expanded its complex litigation and employment law expertise through the addition of Jonathan M. Cohen as Of Counsel to the firm.

“We are extremely pleased that Jonathan Cohen is teaming up with Joseph Law Corporation. With his extensive state and federal court litigation expertise as well as his experience providing pre-dispute advice in the areas of complex commercial transactions, executive compensation and employment law, we have rounded out our ability to offer complete legal solutions to public companies and private businesses,” said Jonathan Joseph, the firm’s chief executive officer.

Jonathan Cohen brings many years of trial experience to Joseph Law Corporation.  He concentrates his practice on complex litigation as well as pre-dispute counseling.  His practice includes executive compensation negotiations and employment law, including wrongful termination litigation, harassment, retaliation and discrimination.  His trial experience includes class actions, complex commercial disputes, insurance coverage, real estate, product liability, securities, commodities and derivative litigation.  He has represented clients in state and federal court in addition to domestic and international arbitrations and mediations. Prior to joining the Joseph Law Corporation, Mr. Cohen was a partner in the San Francisco office of Winston & Strawn LLP.  Jon Joseph and Jonathan Cohen initially met eight years ago when they were partners in the San Francisco office of K & L Gates (previously known as Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP).

Joseph Law Corporation is an AV® rated firm based in California that emphasizes complex banking, corporate, regulatory, securities and transactional matters for financial institutions, entrepreneurs, businesses, investors and venture capital firms.  Joseph Law is known for sophisticated expertise, extraordinary commitment to clients, relationship-based services, and a range of specialized capabilities typically found only in the largest American law firms.

Jonathan M. Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is a Partner of Joseph & Cohen. He concentrates his practice on complex business litigation as well as pre-dispute counseling. His practice includes executive compensation negotiations and employment law, including wrongful termination litigation, harassment, retaliation and discrimination.  He is a skilled trial lawyer with experience in class actions, complex commercial disputes, insurance coverage, real estate, product liability, securities, commodities and derivative class action litigation.

He has represented clients in California, other states and federal courts, in addition to domestic and international arbitrations and mediations. His published decisions include Samuel v. ADVO, Inc., 155 Cal.App.4th 1099 (1st Dist. 2007). Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Cohen was a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Winston & Strawn LLP and a member of that firm’s highly rated national litigation practice group.  He is a frequent speaker and has published articles that address issues of trial practice, employment law, and loss prevention. Mr. Cohen was awarded his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings School of Law, in 1993. He received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1990.

He is a member of the State Bar of California and admitted to practice before the California Supreme Court and Central District, Eastern District and Northern District Courts of California. Mr. Cohen’s representative matters include:

  • Defending a public company in a class action brought under the California Unfair Competition Law alleging elimination of exempt status through violations of California wage and hour law
  • Negotiating the executive employment contract for the CEO of a Fortune 50 Company and other large public companies
  • Representing an executive in claims of breach of his employment agreement as a result of alleged stock option backdating
  • Resolving a disability discrimination claim against one of the nation’s leading home builders
  • Defending clients in administrative actions before governmental agencies, including the California Department of Labor, Cal-OSHA, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the United States Department of Labor
  • Defending a major plumbing supply company in multiple cases involving product liability claims
  • Prevailing on behalf of a small business in a professional negligence claim against its insurance broker as a result of failure to obtain “tail coverage”
  • Defending a public company in a class action brought by shareholders as a result of a “going-private” transaction
  • Representing a voice-over IP company in licensing matters and related litigation
  • Representing tenants and landlords in commercial leasing and related litigation including unlawful detainer actions
  • Handling negotiated departure and employment agreements for C level executives at public companies
  • Pursuit of multiple cases on behalf of a financial institution due to breaches of loan covenants including retrieval of a film produced with misappropriated  funds

Jonathan Joseph’s Advocacy for Bank Client Featured in a Special Report to the Washington Examiner: “The Little Bank That Fought Back”

In a special report to the Washington Examiner, Jonathan Joseph is featured as part of the story of Westamerica Bank’s 2002 faceoff with the Greenlining Institute. The article notes that Westamerica Bank has the distinction of being the one bank that fought back against the Greenlining Institute.  After Westamerica filed a bank merger acquisition with the Federal Reserve Bank in 2002, the Bank endured the then standard protest and negative press campaign initiated by the Greenlining Institute.  However, rather than capitulating to demands of Greenlining officials the Bank called upon its attorney, Jonathan Joseph, to assist it in achieving its legitimate business objectives. The full Examiner article can be viewed here.  Ultimately, Mr. Joseph’s advocacy for his client was completely successful.  As stated in the article “the Fed granted the application in about six months – lightning speed for a bureaucratic agency bogged down by red tape.”  This article was part 3 of a 5 part commentary exploring the Greenlining Institute and  whether its tactics constitute political extortion.