Roy S. Cohen, Esq.
Cohen, Seglias, Pallas, Greenhall & Furman, PC, Philadelphia
Mr. Cohen is founder and president of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. He graduated from Brandeis University, magna cum laude, in June of 1976. After managing 49 state representative races in Massachusetts and working on a gubernatorial campaign there, Mr. Cohen went on to Rutgers University School of Law, where he graduated in 1980. While in law school, he co-authored the article, "Suing Judges: History and Theory" that was published by the University of South Carolina Law Review and later cited by the United States Supreme Court. Upon graduation, Mr. Cohen worked in the litigation department of a large firm in Philadelphia for three years. In the spring of 1983, he joined an eight-person firm in Blue Bell, PA, where he began to focus on construction litigation. In August of 1988, Mr. Cohen formed a three-person firm in Philadelphia that became the precursor to Cohen Seglias. In his practice, he represents clients involved in every facet of the construction industry, including construction managers, general contractors, municipal authorities, private developers, major trade contractors, architects, engineers and sureties. Mr. Cohen also acts as general counsel to more than 100 clients. During the course of his career, he has handled more than 1,000 mediations, arbitrations and litigations on both the state and federal levels in a variety of jurisdictions, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Colorado and California. Mr. Cohen has twice argued before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court; he has also argued several cases on the appellate level in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Mr. Cohen is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania as well as before the United Stated District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Tax Court. He has been admitted pro hac vice in more than 10 states. A frequent lecturer on construction litigation matters, Mr. Cohen has spoken several times at the Super Conference on Construction in San Francisco, to the National Certified Public Accountants Convention in Las Vegas, to the National Electrical Contractors Association in London, to the American Arbitration Association, and to the National Business Institute, as well as at a variety of seminars sponsored by the firm and its clients. He has served as counsel to the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Associations for the past eight years. Mr. Cohen counts more than 90 electrical contractors as clients. He holds memberships with the Philadelphia, New Jersey and American Bar Associations. Mr. Cohen is also a member of the ABA's Forum on the Construction Industry and the Tort and Insurance Practice section (Fidelity and Surety Law Committee). In January 2002, he was featured in the Philadelphia Business Journal's CEO Profile. Mr. Cohen has been named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the field of Construction Law by Law & Politics in 2004, 2005 and 2007. He has also earned the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell.