Larry J. Cohen

Larry J. Cohen

Bethel, Vermont

Larry J. Cohen is a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation who has focused in his more than thirty years of law practice on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including especially brain injury claims.  He received his J.D. from Northwestern University in 1985, and has been admitted to practice in Arizona since 1985.  Mr. Cohen also has a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and has participated in a post-doctoral program in clinical neuropsychology. 

He was for many years a member of the adjunct faculty at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he regularly taught courses in professional responsibility, pretrial practice and professional liability.  He taught and did research at the University Michigan School of Law and at the University of Illinois-Chicago, taught on the adjunct faculties of the Arizona Summit School of Law, the Arizona School of Professional Psychology, now Argosy University, and Midwestern University, and currently teaches as a member of the adjunct faculty at Norwich University. 

Mr. Cohen speaks nationally to groups of lawyers, other professionals, insurance companies, governmental entities, risk managers and other interest groups about litigation and trial practice matters, legal ethics, alternative dispute resolution, and issues in brain damage, law and medicine and law and psychology.  He has received awards from the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona and the State Bar of New Mexico for excellence in continuing legal education. He also received a President’s Award from the State Bar of Arizona for contributions in continuing legal education.  He has for many years been listed by Southwest Super Lawyers and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers as among the best lawyers in Arizona and recently was recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as among the top one percent of lawyers in the United States.


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Consulting

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Specialist, Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, State Bar of Arizona

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona, 1985
  • Arizona, 1985


  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence magna cum laude - 1985
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude - 1971
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • Ph.D. - 1977
    • Major: Political Science
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
    • M.A. - 1973
    • Major: Political Science
  • Post-Doctoral Certification Program in Clinical Neuropsychology: Course work completed, Examination and Practicum pending , Santa Barbara, California


  • Taught, University Michigan School of Law
  • Taught, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Adjunct Faculty, Arizona Summit School of Law
  • Adjunct Faculty, Argosy University
  • Adjunct Faculty, Midwestern University
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Norwich University

Honors and Awards

  • Top 1% of Lawyers in the United States, 2015 - 2016
  • Southwest Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2016
  • Arizona’s Finest Lawyers, 2011 - 2016
  • Top 100 Arizona Trial Lawyers, 2013 - 2016
  • President’s Award, State Bar of Arizona
  • Excellence in CLE Teaching, State Bar of New Mexico, State Bar of Arizona, Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyer of the Month, Maricopa County Bar Association, December 2010, November 2012
  • Top Pro Bono Attorney in Arizona, 2013 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maricopa County Bar
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, 1988 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Brain Injury Litigation Group, Executive Committee, 1995 - 1997
  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • Center for Law, Science and Innovation, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, Advisory Board, 2010 - Present
  • American Board of Professional Neuropsychology, Public member of the Board of Directors; Consultant, 2002 - 2006
  • State Bar of Arizona, Professional Responsibility Committee (2014-present), CLE Committee (2004-2014), Board of Legal Specialization (2006-2014), Vice Chair (2009-2014)
  • Psychological Injury and Law, Board of Editors, 2012 - Present
  • Journal of Forensic Neuropsychology, Board of Editors, 1998 - 2007
  • Arizona Psychological Association Foundation, Board of Directors, 2006 - 2015
  • Phoenix Human Relations Commission, 1990 - 1992
  • State Bar of Arizona Disciplinary Commission, Counsel, 1989 - 1991
  • Phoenix Association Defense Counsel, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1990
  • Maricopa County Bar Association Maricopa Lawyer, Board of Editors, 1988 - 1990
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Committee Chairperson, 1988 - 1989
  • Law and Policy Quarterly, Editor, 1977 - 1981
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago – Social Service Delivery Program, Contract Research, 1976 - 1982
  • National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice – Disincentives to Criminal Behavior, Contract Research, 1976 - 1982
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development – Program Evaluation Models, Contract Research, 1976 - 1982

Past Employment Positions

  • Meyer Hendricks, PLLC, Of Counsel, 2007 - 2009
  • University of Michigan School of Law, Special Advisor to the Dean on Technology and Legal Education, 1997 - 1998
  • University of Michigan School of Law, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, 1996 - 1997
  • Junker, Shiaras & Harrington, P.C., Of Counsel, 1996 - 2000
  • Cohen McGovern Shorall & Stevens, President and Shareholder, 1993 - 1997
  • Rake, Downey, McGovern, Shorall and Cohen, Shareholder, 1991 - 1993
  • Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, Partner 1988-1991; Associate 1985-1988; Law Clerk 1983-1985
  • American Institute for Research, Washington, D.C., Associate Research Scientist: Research and program development concerning delivery of legal services to indigent defendants, juvenile justice services, urban services for the poor, 1981 - 1982
  • University of Illinois - Chicago, Assistant Professor, Political Science: Additional faculty appointments in criminal justice and survey research, 1976 - 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Alzheimer’s Association, Desert Southwest Chapter , Medical Scientific Advisory Committee Member, 2004 - 2012
  • Cohen’s Counsel, VoiceAmerica (national radio legal talk/information program), 2010 - 2011
  • Meridian Point Rehabilitation Hospital Community Relations Board, Chairperson, 1989 - 1991
  • Good Samaritan Hospital Community Treatment Program, Board of Directors, 1987 - 1990
  • Friend of Psychologists, Arizona Psychological Association, 2008, 2014, 2015