Joel Cohen


Joel Cohen, of counsel at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in New York, represents individuals and corporations in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions and in internal investigations, regulatory and enforcement matters. Before practicing at Stroock, he was a New York State and then a U.S. Justice Department prosecutor for ten years concentrating on prosecuting public officials and organized crime figures for public corruption offenses. For 28 years, Mr. Cohen has been a regular contributor and now a columnist on criminal law and ethics for the New York Law Journal. He frequently writes and lectures on those subjects. He wrote Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide, which lifts the veil of secrecy surrounding judicial decision-making (ABA Publ., 2014). In Broken Scales: Reflections on Injustice (ABA Publ., 2017), Mr. Cohen interviewed ten individuals impacted by our justice system. Mr. Cohen also authored a book of fiction, Truth Be Veiled (Coffeetown Press, 2010), that addresses the criminal lawyer's ethical dilemmas in dealing with truth. He is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham Law School, where he has taught Professional Responsibility and currently teaches a class on “How Judges Decide.” In addition to his law practice and legal writings, Mr. Cohen has also published three works of Biblical fiction, Moses: A Memoir (Paulist Press, 2003); Moses and Jesus: A Conversation (Dorrance Publ., 2006); and David and Bathsheba: Through Nathan's Eyes (Paulist Press, 2007). The opinions expressed in this article are Mr. Cohen's and not necessarily those of the Stroock firm or its lawyers. Dale J. Degenshein, a Stroock colleague, assists in preparing the articles on this blog.