cohen

Practice Areas

Commercial Transportation Litigation, Transportation and Logistics Contracts, and Unfair Trade Practices Issues

Education:

  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Eagleton Institute of Politics, M.A., 1994
  • Rutgers University, B.A,. 1991

Contact Information

Direct Line: 215.609.1104

E-Mail: jcohen@freightlaw.net

Jeffrey D. Cohen

Background

Jeffrey Cohen is the President of Keenan Cohen & Merrick P.C. Mr. Cohen has almost two decades of experience both asserting and defending high value claims for clients resulting in favorable outcomes. He is an aggressive litigator and a forceful advocate for his clients’ interests.  He regularly serves as lead trial counsel in federal and state courts across the country and was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia. Mr. Cohen also regularly prepares and reviews contracts and documentation utilized in all aspects of transportation practice including: shipper-carrier contracts, broker-carrier contracts, broker-shipper contracts, commissioned agent agreements, non-competition agreements, load confirmation documentation, tariffs and broker or carrier rules provisions.

Mr. Cohen participates in multiple national organizations, including The Conference of Freight Counsel, Transportation Lawyers Association, and International Factoring Association. Mr. Cohen is a speaker addressing interstate transportation issues both through presentations at association conferences and conducting legal education seminars for other attorneys.

Practice Areas

Jeffery D. Cohen represents select clients across the country in connection with issues related to the commercial transportation of freight and interstate commerce including:

  • freight claims
  • transportation contracts
  • third-party logistics practice
  • collections
  • independent contractor disputes
  • employment
  • sales agent relationships
  • unfair trade practices
  • intermodal issues
  • demurrage, detention
  • risk management
  • expenditure recovery
  • trucking and rail accidents
  • property damage

Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • State of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • Multiple other jurisdictions across the country on a case by case basis

Presentations and Publications

  • Speaker, Trucking Litigation, Legal Education Seminar, Philadelphia, PA Spring 2008
  • Speaker, Conference of Freight Counsel, Annual Meeting, Sonoma, CA Winter 2007
  • Speaker, How Evolving Technologies in the Transportation Industry Impact the Presentation of Evidence in Transportation Litigation, Transportation Lawyer’s Association Annual Conference, Orlando FL, May 2006
  • Speaker, Preparing for a Deposition, Various Client Groups, 2010
  • Author, Application of Technology in Freight Loss and Damage Litigation & Rail Technologies Impacted by A Standard for Data Retention
  • Author, Understanding Freight Loss and Damage Claims and Litigation

Representative Engagements

  • Lead trial counsel representing an interstate motor carrier obtaining a jury verdict of no liability defeating a claim for 3.5 million in damage to over 800 shipments of light bulbs. United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Obtained summary judgment defeating a claim for $5.9 million in damages defending former officers of a closely held corporation against breach of contract, fraud and racketeering allegations. United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Lead trial counsel in adversary proceeding the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia, obtaining a ruling that a debt of approximately 1 million dollars was not dischargeable in bankruptcy due to intentional malicious conduct of debtor.
  • Lead trial counsel in adversary proceeding the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota, obtaining a ruling that a debt of approximately $800,000 was not dischargeable in bankruptcy due fraudulent transfers by debtor.
  • Lead trial counsel representing a major class 1 rail carrier defending against a freight claim for over $1.7 million in damages to a transformer, resulting in a ruling of liability of only $100,000. United Stated District Court, District of South Carolina
  • Lead trial counsel representing a major class 1 rail carrier defending against a freight claim for $800,000 in damages to a transformer, resulting in a ruling of no liability based on challenges to scientific evidence. United Stated District Court, District of Florida
  • Obtained summary judgment defeating a $350,000 freight claim for damage to rolled steel based on claim deficiencies. United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of carrier for demurrage charges against a warehouse consignee. United States District Court, District of South Carolina
  • Lead trial counsel in multiple cases resulting in successful jury trial verdicts for clients in cases focusing upon freight handling issues.
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