Josh A. Cohen

Josh Cohen is a veteran trial lawyer with 20 years of experience representing companies and individuals in criminal prosecutions, investigations, and collateral civil proceedings.  A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he is described in Chambers USA as “a real scholar and a great writer” who is “very personable and very well respected by judges.” 


Josh’s clientele includes companies and executives in finance, technology, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, and real estate.  His cases raise issues under the securities laws, antitrust regulations, the False Claims Act, anti-corruption laws, environmental regulations, export-import restrictions, and the tax code.  Josh also represents clients charged with a broad range of general crimes. 


Josh regularly takes cases to trial in federal and state courts.  A former federal public defender, Josh also trained in the white-collar groups at Williams & Connolly and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan.  Before studying law, he was an analyst at McKinsey & Company in Chicago.


Josh recently co-chaired the White Collar Crime Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he is currently active on the ACTL Federal Criminal Procedure Committee.  He has accepted dozens of court appointments to represent indigent defendants charged with federal crimes under the Criminal Justice Act.  He lectures on topics in criminal law including wiretaps, federal sentencing, corporate investigations, legal writing, and trial advocacy.


Representative Cases

  • Won acquittal at trial of foreign-exchange trader charged with federal wire fraud based on alleged manipulation of FX option prices
  • Resolved federal criminal action, agency enforcement proceedings, and shareholder derivative and class actions on behalf of senior officer of failed regional bank
  • Brought successful legal challenge on behalf of technology company to government’s interpretation of Stored Communications Act
  • Secured dismissal of federal criminal charges against technology executive accused of possessing stolen trade secrets
  • Achieved favorable settlement for transportation network carrier of tort claims asserted by celebrity lawyer
  • Achieved non-prosecution and successful resolution of enforcement action and civil lawsuits on behalf of principal of failed $700 million investment fund
  • Represented multiple executives of major biotechnology company in federal investigation into marketing of a cancer drug that resolved without criminal charges
  • Represented executive of international auto-parts supplier in federal antitrust investigation involving allegations of market division and price fixing
  • Represented financial executive of computer hardware manufacturer in investigation of alleged accounting irregularities that resolved without enforcement action
  • Won full acquittal at trial of commercial pilot indicted for federal crimes during an international flight
  • Won directed verdict at trial on behalf of utility employee charged with vehicular manslaughter arising from on-the-job collision
  • Achieved non-prosecution for analyst at major securities broker in federal insider-trading investigation
  • Won reversal on appeal of public university’s finding of sexual misconduct by a student



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J.D., Yale Law School (2001)


B.A., Williams College (1996)




Assistant Federal Public Defender, N.D. Cal. (2003-07)


Clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Breyer, N.D. Cal. (2002-03)




"Is Title III Dead? The Future of Wiretap Challenges in the Wake of Rajaratnam," The Champion Magazine (Sept./Oct. 2013)