Harold G. Cohen
Partner; Co-Chair, Banking & Financial Services Group
Harold Cohen is an active banking/business litigator in state, federal and bankruptcy courts while also advising banks and businesses in the formation and structure of transactions, loans and new ventures, business break-ups, and operations issues along with the special challenges involved with financially distressed businesses. A significant component of his current practice involves all aspects of troubled loan negotiations and resolution, including preliminary business and legal evaluations, strategy formulation and implementation, forbearance negotiations, collection litigation tactics as well as representation of secured and unsecured lenders in all courts. He routinely works with receivers in all aspects of distressed real estate, including hotels, motels, shopping centers, office buildings, factories, warehouses, retail sites, automobile dealerships, development projects, etc.
- Represented large regional commercial bank as secured lender/mortgagee in hotel Chapter 11 case concluding with sale of hotel pursuant to confirmed Chapter 11 plan filed on behalf of the lender.
- Represented community bank as secured lender/mortgagee – golf course Chapter 11 in which bank’s position was sold to a golf course operator and developer.
- Represented large regional bank as secured lender/mortgagee in Chapter 11 hotel in which we obtained appointment of Chapter 11 trustee and orchestrated accelerated sale of the hotel.
- Spearheading team of attorneys representing corporate owner of fast growth self-renewing low carbon tree with respect to power plant projects and creation of charitable foundation.
- Corporate counsel to international manufacturer and distributor of architectural fabric track system with distributorships throughout the world.
- Represented gentlemen’s club in successful recovery of embezzled funds from former general manager.
- Ongoing representation of regional general insurance agency including writing and enforcement of restrictive covenants and general business issues.
- Represented 50% owner of flavorings manufacturer in sale of his interest in the business, including real estate partnership.
- Represented corporate supplier of first responder products in the sale and re-purchase of the business and successful disposition of ensuing litigation with the purchaser/seller regarding breaches of representations and warranties, etc.
- Representation of international telecommunications company with respect to negotiation of leases for offices throughout the United States.
Professional & Community Activities
- Board member, South Jersey Bankers Association 2016
- Member, Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey
- Director and Secretary, Waste Free Oceans Americas
- Chair, Burlington County Bar Association - General Equity Section, Bench & Bar Committee
- Delegate to the New Jersey State Bar Association's General Council
- NJ State Bar Association – Equity Jurisprudence Committee Bankruptcy Section (Vice Chair and Chair), Corporate and Business Law Section (Vice Chair and Chair), Banking Law Section (Vice Chair and Chair), Federal Practice and Procedural Committee (Vice Chair and Chair)
- Member and Board of Trustees, Burlington County Bar Association Commercial Creditor & Debtor Relations Committee, General Equity Committee (Vice Chair & Chair), Continuing Legal Education Committee (Chair), Commercial Law Sub-Committee of Civil Bench Bar Committee
- Member, Burlington County Bar Association - CLE Committee
- Member, Camden County Bar Association – Commercial Creditor & Debtor Relations Committee
- Member, South Jersey Bankers Association – Advisory Committee of Affiliate Members
- Member, Commercial Law League of America
- Member, American Bar Association – Corporate, Business & Banking Section & Litigation Section
- Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees for District of New Jersey (1972 – 1985)
- Certified Mediator appointed by US Bankruptcy Court – District of New Jersey since 1966
- Board of Trustees & Chair Philadelphia Task Force – Safe America Foundation
- Member of Board of Trustees, past Club Solicitor and past Vice Chair & Chair of Annual Invitational Pro Am Golf Tournament – Woodcrest Country Club
- Former President and Board of Trustees – Chabad Lubavitch of Camden & Burlington Counties
- Member, Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey – Needs Assessment Task Force
- Member, New Jersey Bar Association - Business and Commercial Litigation Committee
- Member, New Jersey Bar Association - Equity Jurisprudence Committee
Speeches & Presentations
- Moderator, Burlington County Bar Association for the General Equity Committee presentation "Demystifying Chancery Practice" January 2012, 2013, & 2014
- Panelist & Moderator for Burlington County Bar Association for the General Equity Committee Annual Program “Being A Better Chancery Lawyer” in 2008, 2009, & 2010
- Presented a Safe America Webinar, “Employer Responsibilities to Plan for Avian Flu & H1N1 Pandemic”
- Selected as one of the Awesome Attorneys by South Jersey Magazine, 2015
- Selected to The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2016
News / Events
Events / Speaking Engagements
- J.D., Cornell Law School, 1971
- B.A., Philosophy, Lafayette College, 1968
- New Jersey, 1971
- United States District Court District of New Jersey, 1971
- United States District Court Eastern District of New York, 1977
- United States Court of Appeals Third Circuit, 1983