Biography

Michelle Cohen is an experienced litigator, now serving as Patterson Belknap’s Chief People, Diversity and Professional Development Officer. In this role, Ms. Cohen is responsible for leading the development and execution of the Firm’s Human Resources, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Recruiting and Professional Development strategies. She collaborates with Firm leadership to help make Patterson Belknap the best professional home in New York City, maintaining an atmosphere and culture of civility, dignity, inclusion, and respect in which all Firm personnel can engage and flourish. Ms. Cohen is also Of Counsel in the Firm’s litigation department.

Ms. Cohen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her JD from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. Before joining the Firm, Ms. Cohen served as Law Clerk to the Hon. Louis L. Stanton, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Admissions
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals, Second Circuit; Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York
Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: New York State Bar Association; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar (member 2019-present); SHRM; NALP; PDC; NYCRA.