Brian Cohen

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Brian Cohen is a founding partner of the firm. An accomplished litigator practicing in federal and state courts throughout the country, he has extensive experience in all phases of litigation. Brian has successfully represented a diverse clientele in a broad range of complex business and real estate litigation and class action litigation. Brian is a 1997 graduate of the St. John's University School of Law, where he was a member of the St. John's Law Review.

Brian is admitted to practice law in New York, Connecticut, the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Connecticut. He is a member of the Westchester County Bar Association and its Corporate and Commercial Law Committee.

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In real estate agency relationships, an agent owes its client, a buyer or seller of property, fiduciary duties, including duties of undivided loyalty, reasonable care, and confidentiality. Due to the increasing number of large brokerage firms, “dual agency” deals have become commonplace. A dual agency occurs when an agent represents the buyer and the seller in the same deal, or, the buyer’s and seller’s agents are employed by the same firm. In New York, dual agency is legal…
New York’s Commercial Division is an attractive forum for parties to litigate disputes over financial transactions. And, because so many transactions flow through New York institutions, aggrieved plaintiffs often believe that the flow of money through the state gives them a hook to sue defendants in New York courts. Often, that is true. But there are limits. Justice Jamieson discussed those limits in de Arata v. Mathison, Index No. 55723/16. In that case, the plaintiff…
On June 14, 2019, the New York State Bar Association hosted a breakfast at the Westchester County Courthouse with Justices Linda Jamieson and Gretchen Walsh. This was a great opportunity to hear from Westchester’s Commercial Division judges on various topics, including their expectations of attorneys who appear before them. Here are a handful of important takeaways: Discovery Disputes: The justices expect counsel to abide by Commercial Division Rule 14, which requires good faith negotiations to…
An easement, or right-of-way, grants someone the right to cross or use another’s property for a specific purpose. But if the holder of the right-of-way exceeds the scope of the easement, he or she may be liable for damages for trespass. That was the case in Julia Properties, LLC v. Levy. In July 2009, plaintiff Julia Properties, LLC, owned by Thomas Decea, entered into a lease with William Morgan, the landlord, to rent property owned…
For many, purchasing real estate is a stressful endeavor. It’s further complicated when one attempts to buy distressed property through a short sale, when an owner sells property for less than the mortgage balance. Lenders typically allow short sales to recoup a portion of the loan balance quickly and avoid a lengthy and expensive foreclosure proceeding. Westchester Commercial Division Justice Linda Jamieson granted a short sale buyer a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) and a preliminary…
CPLR 3213 enables litigants to efficiently and quickly enforce instruments for the payment of money only or a previously rendered judgment. The rule is a powerful tool for resolving business disputes. But as one Westchester County litigant recently learned (the hard way), it is limited in scope. In Newman v. Poekler, Index No. 70790/2017, the plaintiff loaned money in connection with a real estate deal. The loan documents included an “Agreement” (which, oddly, the lender…
A recent decision from Westchester Commercial Division Justice Linda Jamieson addressed two issues that arise in commercial landlord-tenant relationships: (i) whether a landlord can pierce the corporate veil to hold a tenant’s corporate representative liable under leases; and (ii) the timeliness of claims for past due rent. Piercing the Corporate Veil In Hoffman Investors Corp., et al. v. Precision Techniques, Inc., et al., Index No. 70712/17, a New Rochelle-based landlord entered into leases with related…