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Hon. Steven G. Cohen (retired)

Santa Monica, California
Retired Administrative Law Judge, Attorney, Arbitrator, Mediator
Phone (310) 701-1950
Fax (310) 315-5408
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HON. STEVEN G. COHEN, (ret.) specializes in mediation and arbitration with over 30 years of Alternative Dispute Resolution experience. He holds a Graduate Level Certificate in Dispute Resolution and an MBA from Pepperdine and additionally holds two contractors licenses and a Real Estate Broker's license. He has presided over litigated matters for the Courts, the Federal & State government and the private sector. His practice areas include Probate matters, Real Estate and Construction matters, Family Law (divorce, custody and property division), Labor & Employment, Title VII, Discrimination and other Workplace disputes.

JUDGE COHEN has also worked in the probate arena and an Arbitrator and Mediator. Cohen co-authored an appellate brief to the 2nd District Court of Appeal and successfully overturned a lower court probate decision during a 7 year long probate litigation. Cohen is an excellent choice as a neutral in probate matters involving property distribution, property management, the duty to make corpus productive, trustee's duties, fiduciary duty and distribution to beneficiaries.  As a "730 Expert" to the Courts in property valuation, JUDGE COHEN has an advantage in evaluating real property net worth and can do so without the parties added expense of an independent expert, though such information is always welcome.  JUDGE COHEN has an in-depth understanding of the frustrations of Probate litigation and the delays inherent in the Probate Courts.

JUDGE COHEN is a qualified expert in Real Property and Construction matters and serves as a neutral on the Construction, and Commercial Mediation panel for the American Arbitration Association (AAA.) He is a certified Property Mold Specialist in mold inspection and mold remediation. He holds a Real Estate Broker's license and a General Building (class "B") and General Electrical (class "C10") Contractor's license. He is also a qualified expert in real estate standards of care and duty, broker's and agent's disclosure and property management duties and has served as an expert in this field since 1985. He is also a member of the International Code Council (ICC), formally (ICBO) International Conference of Building Officials.

JUDGE COHEN studied Divorce Mediation and Domestic Relations Dispute Resolution under the Academy of Family Mediators in 1995 at Pepperdine University. Over the past 20 years he has successfully mediated dissolution / divorce issues that include child custody/co-parenting, spousal support and child support, and distribution of assets. He continues to help parties in divorce reach closure in a dignified manner.

In the area of Labor & Employment JUDGE COHEN is an approved Neutral on numerous State and Federal panels and has mediated disputes for the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the U.S. Postal Service, L.A. Superior Court, California State Department of Insurance and the USDA & US Forest Service through the Center for Dispute Resolution (CEDR), the Contractor's State License Board (CSLB) and the National Association of Security Dealers NASD through the FINRA program.

JUDGE COHEN has been an adjunct professor and has taught Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation on the graduate, undergraduate and Corporate level. He earned his MBA from Pepperdine University School of Business and the Graduate Level Certificate in Dispute Resolution (ABA approved) from Pepperdine University School of Law. He earned his Doctorate of Law-Jurisprudence (JD) degree from British American University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of California and the United States District Court, Central District.

JUDGE COHEN has received special recognition in 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2003 "Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives" and is now a lifetime achievement member. He is currently a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA). He is also a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the LA County Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and the Santa Monica Bar Association.

DISCLOSURE: In compliance with C.C.P. §1281.9 and Ethical Standards for Neutral Arbitrators in Contractual Arbitration §10 adopted by the Judicial Council of California, written disclosure is made that Steven G. Cohen served as an Administrative Law Judge with the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) in which he heard matters involving unemployment insurance, disability eligibility and employer tax cases. Under Government Code § 199.90, sub-section 10(C), Cohen "may act as an arbitrator or mediator (or practice law) which will not directly or indirectly be related to the functions and responsibilities of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board". Under C.C.P. §1281.91, additional disclosures shall be made in writing upon the initial appointment.

Areas of Practice:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Transactional Disputes
  • Probate Matters
  • Construction Defects and Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination and Other Workplace Disputes
  • Divorce Mediation and Arbitration
  • Insurance and Bad Faith Claims
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate Broker & Agent Transactional Disputes
  • Real Property Contract Disputes
  • Title VII

Certification / Specialties:

  • Domestic Relations Dispute Resolution (Dissolution of Marriage), Family of Academy Mediators, 1994
  • Certified Mold Specialist, Mold Inspectors & Contractor's Institute, 2002

Bar Admissions:

  • California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California

Education:

  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    Graduate Level Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • British American School of Law, Santa Ana, California
    J.D., Doctorate of Law-Jurisprudence
  • Pepperdine University School of Business
    M.B.A.

Published Works:

  • "Tag-Team" Mediation, 76 Los Angeles Lawyer, July-August, 2004

Classes / Seminars Taught:

  • Adjunct Professor, Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation, Pepperdine School of Law
  • Teacher, Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Teacher, Tort Law and Criminal Law for the Paralegal Program, ATS Training Services in Irvine
  • Guest Speaker, Mediation to the Residential Real Estate Professional, Southern California Mediation Association

Honors and Awards:

  • Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives, 1997
  • Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives, 2002 - 2003
  • Who's Who in Business Professionals & Executives - Lifetime Achievement Award

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Arbitration Association (AAA)
    Member
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR)
    Member
  • American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section (ABA)
    Member
  • Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA)
    Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Section
    Member
  • LA County Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    Member
  • Santa Monica Bar, Dispute Resolution Section
    Member
  • International Code Council (ICC), formerly (ICBO) International Conference of Building Officials
    Member
  • Los Angeles Superior Court (LASC)
  • Contractor's State License Board (CSLB)
  • California State Department of Insurance
  • Department of Fair Housing and Employment (DFEH)
  • Center for Employment Dispute Resolution (CEDR)
  • Los Angeles and Albuquerque District Offices of the EEOC
  • U.S. Postal Service

Pro Bono and Volunteer Activities:

  • General Counsel for 501(c)(4) non-profit organization, 2000 - Present
  • FINRA panel arbitrator for securities and exchange disputes as an "honorarium"