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Charles C. Cohen

Professor of Practice
(412) 624-2829
ccohen@cohenlaw.com

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From Cohen & Grigsby | A Culture of Performance

The co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Cohen & Grigsby, P.C., Charles C. Cohen engaged in private practice for over 50 years as a corporate and securities lawyer. In addition to his academic commitments to Pitt Law, Professor Cohen serves as corporate director, expert witness and mediator.

Education
Degree: 
JD, University of Michigan
Degree: 
AB, Dartmouth College

Specialization

  • Corporate governance matters
  • Executive compensation matters
  • Corporate reorganizations including mergers and acquisitions
  • Capital formation through public and private offerings of securities

Representative Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Author, "A Primer on the Basic Themes and Structures of Securities Regulation" (July 2016)  
  • Author, “A Primer on Corporate Governance Principles” (July 2014)
  • Presenter, “Raising New Capital - Legal Aspects,” Florida Gulf Coast University 9th Annual Entrepreneur’s Law School (January 2009)
  • Presenter, “Raising New Capital - Legal Aspects,” Florida Gulf Coast University 8th Annual Entrepreneur’s Law School (January 2008)
  • Author, “Personal Liability of Directors for Corporate Legal Compliance Failures: Review of State Law Principles,” 10th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2007)
  • Presenter, “Raising New Capital - Legal Aspects,” Florida Gulf Coast University 7th Annual Entrepreneur's Law School (January 2007) Co-author, “The 2005 Securities Offering Reform,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Summer 2006)
  • 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)
  • Author, “Insider Trading OK’d Without Confidentiality Agreement,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Winter 2003)
  • 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 1933,” CCH Securities Regulatory Update (December 23, 2002)
  • Co-author, “Is "Fair Dealing" Required When Freezing Out Minority Stockholders?,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Winter 2001)
  • Author, “Insider and Outsider Liability for Trading on Material Nonpublic Information,” 4th Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2001)
  • Author, “New Requirements for Audit Committees,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Summer 2000)
  • Author, “Enhancements to the Role of the Audit Committee,” 3rd Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (2000)
  • Author, “Safe Harbors in Cyberspace Measures for Avoidance of Securities Law Liabilities,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Spring 1999)
  • Author, “Safe Harbors in Cyberspace,” 2nd Annual Federal Securities Law Forum, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (1999)
  • Quoted, “Power Lunch-Pittsburgh's Prestigious Duquesne was Recently Named America's Finest City Club; Hardly News in a Town Where the Landmarks and its Founders are Bedrocks of History,” Executive Report (September 1997)
  • Author, “Recent Supreme Court Decisions Make it Harder to Sue for Securities Fraud,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (Spring 1996)
  • Author, “Why Corporations Need to Develop a Legal Compliance Code,” Cohen & Grigsby Review (April 1995)
  • Featured, “Most-Seated Pittsburgh Area Corporate Directors,” Pittsburgh Business Times (November 29, 1993 and November 28, 1994)
  • Co-author, “SEC Changes Bring Equity Markets to Small Business,” Allegheny Business News (December 1992)
  • 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)

Awards and Honors

  • NACD Three Rivers Chapter--Lifetime Achievement in Governance (2018) 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 1991-2006
  • Listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers for corporate/ mergers and acquisitions
  • Listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • 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

Selected Professional Activities

Professonal Organizations

  • Member, American Law Institute, American Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Association

Civic Organizations

  • Honorary Director, Health Care Network of Southwest Florida (2018-) 
  • Honorary Director, Eye and Ear Foundation (2018-)
  • Trustee, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2011-2014)
  • Chairman, Squirrel Hill Health Center (2011-2015)
  • Trustee, Squirrel Hill Health Center (2006-2011; 2015-2016)
  • Director, Institute for Transfusion Medicine and Central Blood Bank (1985-2009)
  • Trustee, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (1994-2006)
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Jewish Healthcare Foundation (2002-2005)
  • Director, LifeSource Blood Services (1995-2005)
  • Director, Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (2002-2004)
  • 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)