Ronald Jay Cohen

Founding Partner

RONALD JAY COHEN is the founding partner of Cohen Dowd Quigley.  From 1972 until June 1991, Ron was a trial lawyer at the Phoenix, Arizona law firm of Streich Lang where he became a senior litigation partner.  Ron has practiced in all areas of complex commercial litigation and is one of the most respected litigators in the United States.  Ron has served as a Faculty Member and Advocacy Demonstrator throughout the country, including at Emory University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Louisiana State University School of Law, Cardozo Law School and Arizona State University School of Law.  He has taught and lectured in more than one hundred programs throughout the United States and Europe.

Ron was the co-recipient of the Maricopa County Bar Association Robert R. Mills Member of the Year Award in 1986.  The Honorable Robert E. Keeton Award annually presented by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy recognized Ron in 1991 as the finest teacher of advocacy in the United States.  Ron has been a National Team Leader at the National NITA program in Boulder, Colorado three times and served many years as a Trustee on the Board of NITA and as a member of its Executive Committee.  Ron was thereafter honored by being named as a NITA Trustee Emeritus.   Ron was selected as an original Master of the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court and during his membership served on its Executive Committee.  In 2000 – 2001, Ron was elected Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation, leading its 65,000 members.  Ron has been named as a Super Lawyer, Best of the Bar, Business Journal’s Who’s Who in the Law, Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigators and received numerous other professional awards and recognitions.  Ron also was honored to present the Irving Younger Lecture at the University of Minnesota and the Edward Ross Lecture in Litigation at Temple Law School. Ron has also taught, nationally and internationally, programs on Conducting Winning Depositions and Expert Witness Preparation.

Locally, Ron has been a Maricopa County Judge Pro Tem, led and taught dozens of Evidence and Trial Advocacy Programs and been a team member of the Judicial Performance Review.  He was lead trial lawyer or co-lead trial lawyer in obtaining several of the largest plaintiff’s verdicts in the history of Arizona.  In 2003, the Arizona State University of Law Student Center was named the Ronald Jay Cohen Student Center in his honor.  Ron reduced his full-time practice of law in 2008 when he turned 60 years old. 

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EDUCATION

University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., 1972
University of Minnesota Law Review, 1970-1972

University of Wisconsin
B.A., with honors, 1970.

BAR ADMISSIONS

Arizona
United States District Court, District of Arizona
United States Courts of Appeal:

Ninth Circuit
Tenth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITY

State Bar of Arizona
American Bar Association
Maricopa County Bar Association
Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court, original Master, and Executive Committee Member
Judge Pro Tempore, Maricopa County Superior Court
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

Chair, 2000-01
Chair Elect, 1999 – 2000
Vice-Chair, 1998-99
Member, Council, Fund for Justice and Education, 1996
Director of Divisions, 1995
Fall Meeting Program Chair, 1992

2001 Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation, faculty member
2002 Sedona Conference on Complex Litigation, Co-Chair
National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Member, Board of Trustees
Member, Executive Committee (declined chair position)
Strategic Plan Committee Chair
Trustee Emeritus

PUBLICATIONS

Expert Witness Opinion Testimony Under the New Arizona Rules of Evidence, 1980-1981, Arizona Bar Journal, December, 1982
The New Practice in Cross Examination of a Character Witness Under Arizona Rules of Evidence, 405(a), 1978 Arizona State Law Review 31 (co-author)
Arizona Legal Forms, Debtor-Creditor, Civil Procedure, Domestic Relations, Commercial Transactions, Criminal Procedure and Business Organizations (West, 1988-1992) (co-editor)
Arizona Rule of Evidence 704:  Combating Ultimate Issue Evidence, Arizona Attorney, 1991 (co-author)
Book Review on Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Arizona Attorney, Spring, 1999
For The Love Of Lawyering, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Journal: Opening Statement, 2000
Powerful Witness Preparation, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Journal: Opening Statement, 2000
Looking Forward to the Past, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Journal: Opening Statement, 2001
Conducting a Winning Deposition, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Journal: Opening Statement, 2001

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

Honorable Robert E. Keeton Award from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Maricopa County Bar Association Co-Recipient of the Robert R. Mills Member of the Year Award (First Recipient)
Chambers USA® 
Selected to the Super Lawyers® list of the Top Fifty attorneys in Arizona
Arizona Business Journal:

Best of the Bar – Litigation
Who’s Who in Law – 25 Leading Lawyers

Arizona Business Magazine, “Top Lawyer – Commercial Litigation”
Lawdragon – 500 Leading Litigators in the United States (first year of selections)
Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, Sustaining Member
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

TEACHING

National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Taught more than 60 National Programs
Faculty at National Program in Denver, CO for 12 years
National Team Leader for 3 years (perfect 7.0 ratings)

State Bar of Arizona Trial Evidence Workshop, Faculty and Chair
Maricopa County Bar Association Convention, Faculty
Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Evidence,
Indiana School of Law, Visiting Professor of Evidence
University of Minnesota, Irving Young Lecture
Temple Law School, Edward Ross Lecture In Litigation
Faculty Member and Demonstrator at Emory University School of Law, Harvard Law School, Louisiana State University School of Law and several other law schools throughout America
Dozens of lectures and demonstrations at both national and international programs
CLE Presenter for Professional Education Group, the National Practice Institute and the Lorman Education Series.