Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Cohen
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Jeffrey S. Cohen has an extensive background in the practice of law, especially within the Probate arena. Probate Law consists of many different sub-categories, including Probate Administration (Decedent's Estates), Conservatorship, Guardianship, Will & Trust Contests, Probate Litigation, Estate Planning (Wills & Trusts, Powers of Attorney, etc.), and various Elder Law and Mental Health issues.

Mr. Cohen is a Los Angeles native who attended California State University at Northridge, having received a Bachelors of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology, with honors. In the early 1990's, Mr. Cohen began his legal career as a probate law clerk with the Law Offices of Berman & Berman, a small Los Angeles law firm. Mr. Cohen then attended Southwestern University School of Law, received many academic honors including Southwestern's "Exceptional Achievement Award," tied the highest marks for receipt of a CALI academic honors award, and was an Oralist Finalist in the Intramural Moot Court Competition.

While in law school, Mr. Cohen also worked at the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, and was solely responsible for drafting and implementing official City Procedure and Policy regarding probate-related issues. Mr. Cohen graduated from Southwestern Law School in 1999 obtaining a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree, immediately passed the Bar Exam, and was admitted to the California State Bar as a full-fledged lawyer that same year. Once a licensed attorney, Mr. Cohen remained working in that same firm as a probate attorney until early 2001, when he decided to open up his own private practice of law.  Mr. Cohen maintained The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Cohen until early 2017, when he closed his private practice and joined the boutique firm of Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Kein (FMBK).  More recently, in September of 2020, Mr. Cohen joined the large, international firm of SEYFARTH SHAW in their Trusts and Estates Practice Group, wherein he handles Probate Administration, Probate & Trust Litigation, Conservatorship, Estate Planning, and related matters. 

In addition, Mr. Cohen served as a court-appointed attorney as part of the Los Angeles Superior Court's Probate Volunteer Panel (PVP) program. "PVP Attorneys," as they are known (and now Court-Appointed Counsel (CAC)), are often appointed to represent persons who typically are subject to conservatorship, such as the elderly and infirm, as the court will protect their rights by appointing a private attorney to advocate on their behalf.

Further, Mr. Cohen also volunteered his legal services to the Los Angeles Superior Court and the community at large, including but not limited to sitting as a Temporary Judge in the Traffic Division over six (6) years, and formerly serving as part of the court's Settlement Officer program, acting as a volunteer mediator in the courthouse at the time of a contentious hearing in an attempt to informally resolve probate disputes. Additionally, Mr. Cohen previously volunteered and provided low-cost legal services to seniors on behalf of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association at multiple locations of the One-Generation Senior Center.

Mr. Cohen has active and prior memberships with the San Fernando Valley Bar Association (SFVBA); the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Trusts and Estates Section; the San Fernando Valley Estate Planning Council (SFVEPC); the State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section; the American Bar Association (ABA); the Beverly Hills Bar Association (BHBA), Trusts and Estates Section; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA); and the Consumers Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA).

The City of Los Angeles, through Councilman Dennis Zine, previously honored the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Cohen for providing valuable services to the people of the City of Los Angeles.

We are proud to announce that Jeffrey S. Cohen has been selected ten (10) years running for inclusion in the 2012 through 2021 editions of Los Angeles Magazine and Southern California Super Lawyers, a publication of Thomson Reuters.  Just five percent (5%) of Southern California attorneys receive this honor each year.  Super Lawyers identifies the top five percent (5%) of attorneys in each state, as chosen through a rigorous, multi-phase independent research process.  Their research includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent evaluation of candidates by the attorney-led research staff, and a peer review.  For more information, visit Mr. Cohen's Super Lawyer's page here, and to review the official selection process, please click on the Super Lawyers link at the bottom of this page. 

Mr. Cohen is also available for media requests.  Mr. Cohen has previously been interviewed and quoted by investigative reporter Ken Lee from People Magazine (see 
Links page), well-known columnist Bonnie Fuller, and contacted by Doug Kriegel for KNBC News all concerning probate-related issues regarding internationally known celebrities whose probate-related issues have landed them in the media spotlight, in particular, Britney Spears, Courtney Love, and Amanda Bynes. 

Jeff Cohen was born and raised in Los Angeles (within the San Fernando Valley), is an avid Los Angeles Kings (LA Kings) ice hockey fan, and presently resides in Woodland Hills with his beautiful wife Francoise, a multiple Art Director's Guild (ADG) award winner, and seven-time EMMY™-nominated Art Director (also Set Designer) who has worked on a large variety of very successful prime-time network television sitcoms, including
"The Big Bang Theory" "Two and a Half Men" "The George Lopez Show," and most recently, "Bob Hearts Abishola."  Further, Jeff & Francoise are the extremely proud parents of their two beautiful children, their son Mitchell (aka "Mitchy"), and their daughter Gabrielle (aka "Gabby").

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