Robert Stephan Cohen

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Robert Stephan Cohen
BornJanuary 14, 1939
Alma materAlfred University
Fordham University School of Law
Spouse(s)Stephanie J. Stiefel

Robert Stephan Cohen (born January 14, 1939) is an American attorney specializing in divorce cases.[1] He is a Senior Partner at Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe LLP,[2] a 17-person family law firm in New York City.[3]

Early life[edit]

Cohen was born on January 14, 1939 in Brooklyn, New York where his father drove a taxi.[1] He was the first member of his family to graduate from college.[1] Cohen received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Alfred University in 1959 when he was 20 years old and worked three jobs to put himself through Fordham University's School of Law,[4] where he received his J.D. in 1962 and served as a Member of the Law Review.[5][6][7]


Cohen is a nationally recognized divorce attorney, holding an adjunct professorship at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.[1]

Following his graduation from Fordham School of Law, Cohen worked from 1963 to 1968 with Roy Cohn, an American lawyer who was a member of the U.S. Department of Justice's prosecution team at the espionage trial of Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, in commercial litigation and matrimonial law.[8] In 1969 he left to become the co-founder of another firm,[4] and in 1984 became a founding partner of Morrison Cohen Singer & Weinstein, where for 19 years he was the firm's Chairman and headed its matrimonial practice.[9] In 2003, Cohen started Cohen Lans LLP, which in 2011 merged with Clair, Greifer LLP to form Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe LLP.[10] Both predecessor firms had been named among Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report in its 2010 inaugural edition, and Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe has been named "Best" in each subsequent year.[11] He lectures throughout the United States and in Europe.[12][13]

Since 2003, Cohen has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania School of Law where he teaches a course entitled "Anatomy of a Divorce."[1] He is a member of the American College of Family Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.[13][14] He is a former JAG officer and member of JAG Corps, representing members of the military and their families.[15]

Cohen has been principal attorney in a number of high-profile, high-net-worth dissolutions, for clients in a variety of industries, including finance, entertainment, real estate and politics, in New York and other states across the country.[8] These include Michael Bloomberg,[16] Christie Brinkley,[17] Swedish countess Marie Douglas-David,[18] James Gandolfini,[10] Henry Kravis,[19] Dina Lohan,[20] Marla Maples,[21] Tommy Mottola,[22] Chris Rock,[23] Charlotte Sarkozy,[24] Uma Thurman,[25] and Ivana Trump.[26] Cohen's book, Reconcilable Differences: Seven Essential Tips to Remaining Together from a Top Matrimonial Lawyer, was published in 2002.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Cohen was an avid marathoner, and completed the New York City Marathon in 1983 and 1984, as well as other marathons around the world.[27][28][29] Cohen himself is twice-divorced, his first marriage lasted one year; his second, to Margery Rubin, lasted 22 years and gave him three sons. Their four-year divorce battle was finalized in 1994. Cohen is currently married to Stephanie J. Stiefel, a managing director at Neuberger Berman, and widow of Eric A. Steifel. Through her Cohen has an accomplished adult step-son.[4][30] He resides in New York City.[31]

Lectures and Publications[edit]

Author, Reconcilable Differences, Pocket Books, 2002[4]


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  2. ^ "First Department Committee Members". Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  3. ^ "Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe LLP". Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe LLP website. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e David Goldman (March 17, 2002). "COUNTERINTELLIGENCE; The Patch-Up, From the Master of the Split-Up". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Robert Stephan Cohen, Partner Attorney". LawyerDB. Retrieved March 2, 2014.
  6. ^ "Volume 29 Masthead" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Volume 30 Masthead" (PDF).
  8. ^ a b Salvatore Arena (February 16, 1998). "Own Split Inspired Divorce Consultant Combat Experience Gained Against Best". Daily News (New York).
  9. ^ Tommy Fernandez (July 2, 2003). "Celebrity divorce attorney to start own firm". Crain's New York Business.
  10. ^ a b Daniel Wise (February 3, 2011). "It's Wedding Bells for Divorce Lawyers to the Stars". New York Law Journal.
  11. ^ "Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe LLP". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved March 1, 2015.
  12. ^ "2010 Heckerling Report" (PDF). American Bar Association. January 25, 2010.
  13. ^ a b "Robert Stephan Cohen". AAML National. Retrieved February 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "Robert Stephan Cohen, Esq". American College of Family Trial Lawyers. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  15. ^ Brian Mann (February 14, 2008). "Soldier Loses Custody of Child After Iraq Tour". NPR.
  16. ^ Christopher Robbins (May 28, 2012). "Does New York Need A Divorce Hotel?". Gothamist. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  17. ^ Gregory White (January 12, 2010). "10 Lawyers You Don't Want Representing Your Spouse In A Divorce". Business Insider.
  18. ^ Laura Italiano (March 25, 2009). "Sex Too Rough for Me: Tycoon". New York Post.
  19. ^ "Divorce King Divorces 920 Fifth". Gawker. July 24, 2008.
  20. ^ Christina Boyle and Dave Goldiner (June 30, 2008). "Christie Brinkley, hubby prepare for war". Daily News (New York).
  21. ^ Francesca Chapman (August 13, 1997). "Marla's Lawyer Not The Kind To Settle For Prenups". The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  22. ^ Mitchell Fink and Lauren Rubin (December 5, 1999). "No Joy in Splitsville: Exes & Lawyers Sound Off". Daily News (New York).
  23. ^ Emily Smith (December 28, 2014). "Chris Rock files for divorce". New York Post.
  24. ^ Philip Sherwell (December 5, 2010). "Nicolas Sarkozy's brother Olivier is threatened with divorce lawyer known as The Pitbull". The Daily Telegraph.
  25. ^ Maryellen Fillo (March 21, 2009). "Lawyers Grill David Over Repeated Divorce Filings". Hartford Courant.
  26. ^ Janet Morrissey (May 26, 2012). "Quick Getaways, at the Divorce Hotel". The New York Times.
  27. ^ "NYC Marathon 1983". Athlinks. October 10, 1983.
  28. ^ "NYC Marathon 1984". Athlinks. October 28, 1984.
  29. ^ "Robert Stephan Cohen, Esq". Cohen Clair Lans Greifer & Thorpe LLP. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
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  31. ^ Max Abelson (July 30, 2009). "Divorce Titan Robert Cohen Buys a Beekman Co-op (With His Wife)". The New York Observer.

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