SOURCE: Cooley Godward Kronish LLP

January 12, 2007 08:00 ET

Cooley Litigation Partner Steven M. Cohen Named New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's Chief of Staff

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 12, 2007 -- Cooley Godward Kronish LLP announced today that New York litigation partner Steven M. Cohen has been named Counselor and Chief of Staff for Andrew Cuomo, the newly elected Attorney General of the State of New York.

At Cooley, Mr. Cohen's practice focused on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations and the trial of criminal and civil matters. Mr. Cohen represented numerous individuals and corporations in connection with investigations and prosecutions conducted by the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the New York State Attorney General, the National Association of Securities Dealers, the New York Stock Exchange and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office.

"Steve is an outstanding lawyer, and he is highly qualified to assume this important new position," said Alan Levine, partner in charge of the New York office. "We will miss him, and we wish him well in his new role."

"I have had an opportunity to work on some of the most interesting cases in the country with some of the smartest lawyers in the world," said Mr. Cohen, who joined the firm in 1998.

Over the past six years, Mr. Cohen has spearheaded efforts to reverse the wrongful murder convictions of two men serving 25 years to life for the murder of a bouncer at the Palladium nightclub in New York City. As a result of these efforts, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office consented to the release of one of the men, while the litigation over the other man's fate continues.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Cohen served as Chief of the Violent Gangs Unit and received the 1997 Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service and the 1995 Award for Superior Performance.

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