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practice accolades

Labor & Employment

The American Lawyer Magazine's Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment Law Finalist 2004, Winner 2006, Finalist 2008, Finalist 2010, and Finalist 2012

Listed in the highest tier for National Labor and Employment Practice in Chambers USA 2014

Ranked in the top tier by The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment Litigation, ERISA Litigation, Labor-Management Relations, and Workplace and Employment Counseling (2014)

Named Employment Practice Group of the Year by Law360 (2014)

Named a top 5 firm for employment in BTI's Litigation Outlook 2014 report

Ranked, National Tier 1: Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management, and Litigation – Labor & Employment by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2011-2012) 

Ranked #1 for "Most Prestigious" Labor and Employment Practice, Vault 2012 Associate Survey

Labor-Management Relations & Labor Disputes

Ranked, National Tier 1: Labor Law - Management, U.S. News and Best Lawyers (2010)

honors + affiliations

Winner, The National Law Journal’s Litigation Department of the Year – Labor and Employment (2014)

Member, American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section

Member, American Bar Association, Committee on the Development of the Law Under the National Labor Relations Act

Member, American Bar Association, Practice and Procedure Before the National Labor Relations Board Committee

Member, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Labor Relations Committee

Chair, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, NLRB Subcommittee

Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Former Assistant Editor, The Developing Labor Law, Third Edition

Listed, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2005–2012, 2014)

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (1993–2011)

Recipient, award for "Best Lawyer," Corporate Counsel Magazine

Listed, Guide to the World's Leading Labour & Employment Lawyers 2007 (Expert Guides)

Listed, Who's Who Legal (2005, 2012–2013) – Labour and Employment

Listed as Highly Recommended, Labor and Employee Benefits, PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook 2008

Noted in The Legal 500 for Labor and Employment—Management Relations (2007 & 2008)

bar admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
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Charles I. Cohen
Senior Counsel

Washington, D.C.
1111 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004-2541
United States
Phone: +1.202.739.5710
Fax: +1.202.739.3001

Charles I. Cohen is senior counsel in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice. Mr. Cohen’s practice focuses on representing senior management in complex labor and employment law matters in the private sector.

From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Cohen served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Prior to that presidential appointment, he held executive and staff labor law positions with the NLRB, as well as in private practice. His experience includes representing clients in collective bargaining issues in all facets of labor and employee relations, including litigation.

From 2005 through 2012, Mr. Cohen was named one of the leading U.S. lawyers for employment law by Chambers USA, based on the views of clients, peers, and other industry professionals. Chambers has noted that Mr. Cohen is an "outstanding lawyer with a very sophisticated practice.” Chambers also has noted that he “brings to the table a tremendous insight into NLRB cases” and that he focuses on high-level government negotiations and cutting-edge labor matters.

Mr. Cohen speaks and lectures frequently before trade associations, business groups and bar meetings.

Mr. Cohen is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and Pennsylvania and before the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1970, J.D.
  • Tulane University, 1967, B.A.