Michael S. Cohen
Partner

Duane Morris LLP
30 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-4196
USA

Phone: +1 215 979 1882
Fax: +1 215 405 2592
Email: mcohen@duanemorris.com

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Michael S. Cohen concentrates his practice in the areas of employment law training and counseling. Mr. Cohen has trained and counseled employers throughout the country on subjects including harassment prevention; workplace diversity; discipline and discharge; hiring and recruiting practices; performance evaluations; FMLA, ADA and FLSA compliance; leave of absence policies; performance management; workplace privacy; sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace; substance abuse testing; workplace violence; records retention; conducting background checks; teens in the workplace and managing attendance problems. He has conducted trainings for executives, directors, managers, supervisors and employees in many industries, including financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, real estate development, law firms and human services. Mr. Cohen also has conducted trainings for executives, deans and faculty in several institutions of higher education and secondary education. He has conducted more than 150 trainings in the last year.

Mr. Cohen has conducted investigations into claims of harassment and discrimination and has drafted employee handbooks, employment agreements, noncompete agreements and post-termination agreements. He has represented clients throughout the country in EEO and other administrative proceedings.

Mr. Cohen has been cited as a national authority on employment issues by The New York Times, The Associated Press, USA Today, MSNBC.com, The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, Law National, Law.com, HR Magazine, HR Executive Magazine, HR Executive Online, SHRM On-Line, Employment Law 360, Inside Counsel Magazine, What's Working in Human Resources, Workforce Management Magazine, Human Rights Campaign On-Line, Yahoo! Sports, The Sporting News, The Newark Star-Ledger, The Houston Chronicle, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, The Syracuse Post-Standard, The Ann Arbor News, The Harrisburg Patriot News, The Mobile Press Register, The Flint Journal, The Desert Sun, The Courier-Post, The Honolulu Advertiser, The Stamford Advocate, The Huntsville Times, AM New York, The Workplace Substance Abuse Advisor, Legal Issues in Collegiate Athletics, Talent Management, BusinessInsurance.com, AZcentral.com, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, The Columbus Dispatch, The Myrtle Beach Sun News, Richmond Times Dispatch, Detroit News and Business & Legal Reports, Inc. He has been a regular guest lecturer on human resources issues at West Chester University for its Masters of Science in Administration program. He also is a member of the board of editors for the Privacy Law Journal and of the SHRM PA State Council Diversity Committee.

Mr. Cohen is a 1997 magna cum laude graduate of Temple University Beasley School of Law and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

Areas of Practice

  • Employment Law

Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Education

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1997
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., cum laude, 1993

Professional Activities

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Independence Business Alliance
    -Board of Directors

Board Memberships

  • Independence Business Alliance
    - Board of Directors

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Tribe 12
    - Board of Directors

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Diversity and Inclusion / Harassment Prevention
  • Speaker, "Diversity Quiz and Harassment Prevention and Correction," South Jersey Human Resources Association, Cumberland County, NJ, January 16, 2014
  • Speaker, "Cutting Edge LGBT Issues," PA Chambers of Commerce State HR Conference, Hershey, PA, December 3, 2013
  • Speaker, "Creating an LGBT-Friendly Workplace," Lodging Diversity Summit, Washington, DC, October 30, 2013
  • Speaker, "Diversity & The Law," South Carolina Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference, Columbia, SC, August 15, 2013
  • Speaker, "Diversity & The Law," Federal Executive Board Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 19, 2012
  • Speaker, "Background Checks—Criminal, Credit and Social Media," "Out of the Closet and Into Your Workplace—Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity," Lehigh Valley SHRM Annual Conference, Bethlehem, PA, October 15-16, 2012
  • Speaker, "Diversity and the Law," St. Louis Association of Legal Administrators Conference, St. Louis, MO, August 7, 2012
  • Speaker, " Diversity and the Law," Association of Legal Administrators Atlanta Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, May 16, 2012
  • Speaker, "Get Ready to Hire Again," "Diversity and the Law," Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference, Boston, MA (#1 Ranked Speaker), May 3-4, 2010
  • Speaker, "Motivating Employees in A Down Economy," "Harassment Prevention and Correction," Wisconsin Association of Legal Administrators, Madison, WI, November 12, 2009
  • Speaker, "Employment Law Update," "Harassment Prevention and Correction," Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA (#1 Ranked Speaker), May 19, 2009
  • Speaker, "Hiring and Interviewing," and "Sports, It's Not Just A Game: Examining Employment Law Subjects Through the World of Sports," SHRM Annual Talent Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 29-30, 2009
  • Speaker, "Complying with Discrimination Law," "Union Awareness," Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, King of Prussia, PA, April 21, 2009
  • Speaker, "Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity," Documenting Performance," SHRM Annual Legislative Conference, Washington, DC, March 9, 2009
  • Speaker, " Harassment Prevention and Correction," Delaware Valley Human Resources Summit, Philadelphia, PA (#1 ranked speaker of conference) October 3, 2008
  • Speaker, "Harassment Prevention and Correction," Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, State College, PA (#1 Ranked Speaker), September 24, 2008
  • Speaker, "Diversity," Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, Williamsport, PA, July 9, 2008
  • Speaker, "EEO Essentials," ALM Diversity Conference, April 8, 2008
  • Speaker, "Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity," SHRM Annual Diversity Conference, Washington, DC, March 10-11, 2008
  • Hiring, Firing and Performance
  • Speaker, "Background Checks – Criminal, Credit and Social Media," SHRM National Legislative and Employment Law Conference, Washington, DC, March 17, 2014
  • Speaker, "The Keys to Documenting Performance," Lehigh Valley Society of Human Resource Management, Webinar, February 11, 2014
  • Speaker, "Documenting Performance," New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators, West Orange, NJ, November 12, 2013
  • Speaker, "Employee LifeCycle: From Hiring to Firing," Premier Oncology and Hematology Management Society, Hershey, PA, November 8, 2013
  • Speaker, "Hiring the Best," "Motivating Employees in the New Economy," Documenting Performance," Association of Legal Administrators Region 6, Reno, NV (#1 Ranked Speaker), November 1-2, 2013
  • Panelist, "Paying Interns," WCPN Cleveland, June 26, 2013
  • Speaker, "Performance Appraisals—Yes, They Do Matter," "Diversity & The Law," Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference, National Harbor, MD (#1 Ranked Speaker), April 15, 2013
  • Speaker, "Performance Appraisals—Yes, They Do Matter," Association of Legal Administrators Independence Chapter, Norristown, PA, March 20, 2013
  • Speaker, "Performance Management," Association of Legal Administrators National Webinar, Webinar, February 6, 2013
  • Speaker, "Background Checks – Criminal, Credit and Social Media," Lehigh Valley SHRM Annual Conference, Bethlehem, PA, October 15-16, 2012
  • Speaker, "Hiring the Best," Chester County SHRM, Downington, PA, June 1, 2012
  • Speaker, "Harassment Prevention & Correction," Kansas City Association of Legal Administrators Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO, March 15, 2012
  • Speaker, "Performance Appraisals: Yes, The Do Matter," Boston Association of Legal Administrators Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, March 8, 2012
  • Speaker, "Performance Appraisals: Yes, They Do Matter," New York City Association of Legal Administrators Annual Meeting, New York, NY, November 10, 2011
  • Speaker, "Hiring the Best," New Jersey Association of Legal Administrators Meeting, West Orange, NJ, November 8, 2011
  • Speaker, "Documenting Performance," Premier Oncology & Hematology Management Society, Hershey, PA, November 4, 2011
  • Speaker, "Documenting Performance," Greater Valley Forge SHRM Meeting, Villanova, PA, March 16, 2011
  • Speaker, "Documenting Performance," Philadelphia Federal Executive Board Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, November 22, 2010
  • Speaker, "Performance Appraisals: Yes, They Do Matter," New York City Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference, New York, NY, September 23, 2010
  • Speaker, "Documenting Performance," Maryland Association of Legal Administrators, Baltimore, MD, March 18, 2010
  • Speaker, "Hiring the Best," SHRM Annual Talent Management Conference, Orlando, FL, February 27, 2010
  • Speaker, "Documenting Discipline," "Hiring The Best," Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, State College, PA, September 22, 2009
  • Speaker, "HR and the Law," Oncology Supply, San Diego, CA, August 23, 2008
  • Speaker, "Background Checks," Greater Philadelphia Hospitality Association, Philadelphia, PA, May 6, 2008
  • Speaker, "Managing Within the Law," Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, Harrisburg, PA, March 31, 2008
  • Speaker, "Documenting Discipline," Pennsylvania Oncology and Hematology Management Society, Conshohocken, PA, March 14, 2008
  • Outrages in the Workplace
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga – You’re Never Going To Believe What My Employee Did This Time," CUPA-HR Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter, Harrisburg, PA, March 11, 2014
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga, You’re Never Going To Believe What My Employee Did This Time," Greater Los Angeles Association of Legal Administrators, Los Angeles, CA, January 25, 2014
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga: You're Never Going to Believe What My Employee Did," Garden State SHRM Annual Conference, Atlantic City, NJ (#1 Ranked Speaker), October 28-29, 2013
  • Speaker, "Managing Trouble in Your Organization," Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association Annual Conference, Seven Springs, PA (#1 Ranked Speaker), October 10, 2013
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga: You're Never Going to Believe What My Employee Did," "Creating an LGBT—Friendly Workplace," Lehigh Valley SHRM, Bethlehem, PA, October 7, 2013
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga: You're Never Going to Believe What My Employee Did," Association of Legal Administrators Connecticut, Hartford, CT, September 26, 2013
  • Speaker, "Time to Go Back to School—Updating Your Employee Handbook," "Dear Helga: You're Never Going to Believe What My Employee Did," SHRM Annual Conference (#3 Ranked Speaker), Chicago, IL, May 16-19, 2013
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga—You're Never Going to Believe What My Employee Did," St. Louis SHRM, St. Louis, MO, May 15, 2013
  • Speaker, "Dear Helga: You're Never Going to Believe What My Employee Did," Association of Legal Administrators Region 1, Mashantucket, CT, October 19, 2012
  • Speaker, "Substance Abuse Testing," Pennsylvania Employer Assistance Program Association, Villanova, PA, June 29, 2010
  • Social Media
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Employment," Greater Valley Forge SHRM, Villanova, PA, May 21, 2013
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Hiring," Documenting Performance," SHRM Annual Talent Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 16-17, 2013
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media Hiring," NYC Association of Legal Administrators Conference, New York, NY, January 31, 2013
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Hiring," PA Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh, PA, October 3, 2012
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Hiring," Association of Legal Administrators Region 2 Conference, Atlanta, GA, September 28, 2012
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Hiring," Association of Legal Administrators Region 3 Conference, Minneapolis, MN, September 14, 2012
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Employment," Association of Legal Administrators Maryland Annual Meeting, Columbia, MD, May 17, 2012
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Hiring," SHRM Chattanooga, Tennessee Conference, Chattanooga, TN, March 8, 2011
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site—The Use of Social Media in Hiring," Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Harrisburg, PA, February 11, 2011
  • Speaker, "What's Your Site," Delaware Valley Human Resources Summit, Philadelphia, PA (#1 Ranked Speaker), October 9, 2009
  • Speaker, "Social Media in Hiring," Greater Philadelphia Hospitality Association, Philadelphia, PA, February 17, 2009
  • Employee Handbooks & EEO Investigations
  • Speaker, "Developments in Workplace Law and Practice," Duane Morris' Developments in Workplace Law and Practice 2014, Philadelphia, May 8, 2014
  • Speaker, "Drafting Employee Handbooks and Avoiding the Most Common Handbook Mistakes," Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry's HR Roundtable, King of Prussia, PA, April 26, 2012
  • Speaker, "Conducting EEO Investigations," "The ABCs of the ADA & FMLA," Pennsylvania Rehabilitation Facilities Annual State Conference, State College, PA (#1 Ranked Speaker), September 21, 2011
  • Speaker, "Hiring the Best," Boston Association of Legal Administrators, Boston, MA, September 11, 2013
  • Speaker, "Drafting Employee Handbooks," "The ABCs of the ADA and FMLA," Association of Legal Administrators Annual Conference, Orlando, FL (#1 Ranked Speaker), May 25, 2011
  • Speaker, "Drafting Employee Handbooks," "Documenting Discipline," Michigan Oncology & Hematology Management Society, Traverse City, MI, May 21, 2010
  • Speaker, "Records Retention," Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce, Lehigh Valley, PA, May 13, 2010
  • Speaker, "Drafting Employee Handbooks," "Performance Appraisals—Yes, They Do Matter," Community Hematology Oncology Consortium, Conshohocken, PA, April 24, 2009
  • Speaker, "Records Retention," Pennsylvania Chamber, Pittsburg, PA, September 30, 2009
  • Concerns of Specialized Professions
  • Speaker, "Takin’ Care of Business: New Legal Trends for the Business Leader," Philadelphia SHRM Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, March 21, 2014
  • Speaker, "Sports, It’s Not Just A Game: Examining Employment Law Subjects Through the World of Sports," SHRM Annual Talent Management Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April 29-30, 2009
  • Speaker, "HR Metrics for Oncology Practices," ION, San Diego, CA, February 23, 2008