Michael J. Cohen

Michael J. Cohen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Milwaukee, WI

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C.
 | 111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 4142089412
Fax: 414-273-5840
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1986
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • Insurance Coverage (40%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Michael J. Cohen is a shareholder with the law firm of Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C., and is a member of the firm's executive committee. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation including non-compete and other restrictive covenants, breach of contract, business torts, employment, environmental/toxic tort litigation, and complex insurance coverage litigation, including environmental liability and bad faith claims. Mr. Cohen is a frequent lecturer and author on business torts and insurance coverage issues. He is former President of the Milwaukee Bar Association and currently serves on the State Bar of Wisconsin Board of Governors. Named in the Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers list (2008-2016) and the Top 25 Milwaukee Area Super Lawyers List (2011-2016).  Mr. Cohen has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in American since 2010, including Milwaukee Insurance Law Lawyer of the year (2014, 2017).  Along with colleague, Joe Sarmiento, Mr. Cohen was awarded the Best Brief Award by the State Bar of Wisconsin Apellate Practice Section (2016) for their brief to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Acuity v. Chartis Specialty Insurance Co.

About Michael Cohen

Admitted: 1986, Wisconsin

Professional Webpage: http://www.mtfn.com/attorneys/attorney.php?ID=11

Honors/Awards:

  • Zilber Scholar
  • Thomas More Scholar

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association; State Bar of Wisconsin; Milwaukee Bar Association; Defense Research Institute; Wisconsin Defense Counsel; Board of Governors - State Bar of Wisconsin (2013 - Present) (Business Plan Committee, Ethics Committee and Judicial Election Steering Committee); Former Coordinator, State Bar of Wisconsin High School Mock Bar Tournament; Former President, Milwaukee Bar Association; Former Co-Chair, Milwaukee Bar Association Bench-Bar Committee-Civil; Former Chair, Milwaukee Bar Association, Civil Litigation Committee; Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers Trial By Jury Committee; Committee Member, Legal Aid Society Development Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders; Former Board Member, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill;

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Agents Who Prepare to Compete: Soliciting Customers and Co-Workers, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2013
  • Speaker, Trending Topics in Business Litigation - Preparing to Compete and the Breach of the Duty of Loyalty, Wisconsin State Bar, 2012
  • Speaker, Litigation Holds - What Should be Done, Wisconsin Defense Counsel 2010 Summer Conference; Washington County Bar Association, 2010
  • Speaker, Advanced Allocation Issues, Complex Insurance Claims Litigation Association, 2010
  • Speaker, 2008 Insurance Law Institute—Views From Across the River—Trigger, Allocation and the Plastics Engineering Co. v. Liberty Mutual Co. Case in Wisconsin, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, 2008
  • Speaker, Litigation Holds and the Duty to Preserve Evidence, Marquette University Law School, 2009
  • Author, Recent Revisions to the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act Raise the Stakes for Employers, 2009) (co-authored With Thomas M. Hruz), No. 3 At 43 (Oct. 16, The Business Journal (Milwaukee), Vol. 27, 2009
  • Speaker, Practical Evidence Issues Before and at Trial—Scope of Expert Testimony at Trial—Attempts to Go Beyond Expert Report and Disclosures; Use of Information Obtained Over the Internet; Litigation Holds—What Should be Done; Contacting Employees and Former Empl, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2008
  • Speaker, 31st Annual Corporate Practice Institute—Trade Secrets: A Thief or Not a Thief?, State Bar Of Wisconsin - CLE Seminars, 2007
  • Speaker, Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner—Scope of Expert Testimony at Trial—Attempts to Go Beyond Expert Report and Disclosures; Use of Information Obtained Over the Internet; Litigation Holds—What Should be done; Contacting Employees and Former Employees, Inc., Lorman Business Center, 2007
  • Speaker, Current Issues Surrounding CGL Coverage—Insurance Coverage for Business Torts, Inc., Lorman Business Center, 2007
  • Speaker, Insurance Bad Faith Claims, Inc., Lorman Business Center, 2007
  • Speaker, 2006 Civil Law Seminar - Case Management Orders, Wisconsin Supreme Court, 2006
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Contamination, Civil Trial Counsel Of Wisconsin, 2006
  • Speaker, Annual Convention Litigation Section—Insurance Coverage for Business Torts, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2006
  • Speaker, Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Wisconsin, Inc., Lorman Business Center, 2005
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Contamination: Welcom Back to Environmental Law After Johnson Controls, Inc., v. Employers Insurance of Wausua, et al., Civil Trial Counsel Of Wisconsin, 2005
  • (co-authored With William T. Stuart), Author, Can Employers Force Employees to Sign Noncompete Agreements as a Condition of their Employment?, Vol. 72, No. 5, 1999
  • Speaker, Enhanced Damages and Remedies in Business Litigation, Trending Topics in Business Litigation, State Bar Of Wisconsin, 2016
  • Speaker, Social Media and Other Electronic Evidence, Marquette University Law School, 2016
  • Speaker, Arbitration: Soup to Nuts, Milwaukee Bar Association, 2016
  • Speaker, The Disappearance of Trials and the Emergence of ADR in Business Litigation, Trending Topics in Business Litigation, State Bar of Wisconsin, 2018

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • America's Top 100 Attorneys - Lifetime Achievement Member (2017)  

Educational Background:

  • J.D. Marquette University Law School, 1986
  • B.A. University of Wisconsin, 1983
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Office Location for Michael J. Cohen

111 East Kilbourn Avenue
19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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Last Updated: 6/20/2019

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