David R. Cohen


Attorneys Fees
Bad Faith
Civil Rights
Class Action
Disability Rights
In-Camera Review
Information Technology
Intellectual Property
Mass Tort
Multi District Litigation
Patent Infringement
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Settlement Administration

Case List

  • In re Welding Fumes Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 1535 (Multidistrict Mass Tort)
  • In re Oral Sodium Phosphate Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 2066 (Multidistrict Mass Tort)
  • In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 2001 (Multidistrict Consumer Class Action)
  • In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2196 (Multidistrict Antitrust)
  • Sibley v. Sprint Nextel Corp., no. 08-CV-2063 (D. Kan.) (Employment Class Action)
  • Harlow v. Sprint Nextel Corp., no. 08-CV-2222 (D. Kan.) (Employment Class Action)
  • Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co., no. 06-CV-7023 (N.D. Ill.) (Consumer Class Action)
  • Massachusetts v. E*Trade Access, Inc., no. 03-CV-11206 (D. Mass) (ADA Class Action)
  • Howe v. City of Akron, no. 06-cv-02779 (N.D. Ohio) (1983 Discrimination Class Action)
  • In re Community Bank of N. Virginia Mortgage Lending Pracs., MDL No. 1674 (W.D. Pa.) (Truth in Lending Class Action)
  • EEOC v. Spitzer Management, Inc., no. 06-CV-02337 (N.D. Ohio) (Employment Discrimination)
  • Snap-On Bus. Solns. v. Hyundai Motor America, no. 07-CV-1961 (N.D. Ohio) (Patent and Indemnity)
  • A.R. Arena Products, Inc v. Grayling Industries, Inc., no. 11-CV-1911 (N.D. Ohio) (Patent)
  • Universal Surveillance Corp. v. Checkpoint Systems, Inc., no. 11-CV-1755 (N.D. Ohio) (Antitrust)
  • Sterling Jewelers, Inc. v. Zales Corp., no. 12-CV-2823 (N.D. Ohio) (Lanham Act)
  • C.B. Fleet Co. v. Colony Specialty Ins. Co., no. 11-CV-375 (N.D. Ohio) (Insurance Contract & Bad Faith)
  • Baxter v. Lincoln Electric Co., no. 08-WF-17037 (N.D. Ohio) (Product Liability)
  • Banford v. Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc., no. 2003-CV-8704 (Ohio Ct. Common Pleas) (Mass Tort Explosion)
  • Senior Law Clerk, In re Sulzer Hip Implant Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 1401 (Multidistrict Mass Tort)
  • Duties
    • Overseeing and resolving all discovery and e-discovery issues.
    • Ruling on privilege issues.
    • Negotiating Settlement Agreements between plaintiffs, defendants, and insurers.
    • Designing claims administration processes to pay settlement class.
    • Serving as appellate reviewer of claimant settlement awards.
    • Creating protocols and entering common benefit attorney fee awards
    • Monitoring and addressing ethical concerns.
    • Monitoring compliance with Court-ordered injunctive relief.
    • Drafting opinions for Judicial signature, ranging from pre-trial global Daubert issues,
      to summary judgment motions, to post-trial, case-specific JNOV motions.
    • Coordinating federal and state-court litigation.
    • Ruling on motions in limine.
    • Presiding over Markman hearings and construing disputed patent terms 
    • Assisting Judges in courtroom during bellwether trials.

For full resume visit  http://www.SpecialMaster.Law 

Honors Membership Awards


Academy of Court-Appointed Masters

  • Board of Directors 2009 - present
  • Charter Member, 2004 - present
  • Publications Committee Co-Chair, 2005 - present
  • Membership Committee, 2010 - present
  • President-Elect 2012

American College of E-Neutrals

  • Charter Member
  • Member, Board of Directors, 2011 - present

Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists

  • Invited Member, Certification Committee
  • Charter Class, Certified E-Discovery Specialist

The Sedona Conference 

  • Core Work Group Member, Mass Torts & Punitive Damages, 2008 - present
  • E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program For Special Masters & Mediators

Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation

  • Assisting the Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr. with design and content of private Intra-Net resource website for MDL Transferee Judges

American Inns of Court

  • Member, 1992 - present
  • Program Committee Member, 2000 - 2001 and 1996 - 1997
  • Membership Committee Co-chair, 1995 - 1997
  • Co-authored a six-part program, entitled “When a Lawyer and Her Client are Both Indicted,” which is now listed in the National American Inns of Court Program Library Catalog.

Federal Bar Association, Judiciary Division

  • Member, 1998 - present
  • Board of Directors, N.D. Ohio Chapter, 2004 - 2008
  • National Convention 2000 Steering Committee, 1998 - 2000
  • Continuing Legal Education Sub-Committee, 1998 - 2000

Associate Adjunct Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University Law School

  • Teaching Pretrial Practice to third-year students.  Consistent student evaluations of "excellent."

Licensed Instructor, Ohio Peace Officers Training Council

  • Teaching trial testimony to City of Cleveland Police Cadets.

Professional Admissions

  • Ohio Supreme Court, Atty. No. 0055347
  • Colorado Supreme Court, Atty. No. 022420
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
  • United States Supreme Court

Other Honors

  • Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Life Member, Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio
  • 2008 Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel



Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude, 1991

  • Law Review Notes Editor
  • Honors, Order of the Coif
  • Class Rank – top 3%
  • American Jurisprudence Award (three times)

University of Michigan Honors College
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1981

  • Double Major in Economics and Psychology
  • Class Honors – three years