Donald N. Cohen

Donald N. Cohen

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Donald N. Cohen is a litigator representing broker-dealers and their employees in virtually all aspects of their business. He is experienced in arbitrations and mediations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA), and in regulatory and enforcement proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), FINRA and other regulatory and self-regulatory organizations. Donald also provides regulatory and compliance advice to broker-dealers and investment advisors and conducts internal investigations for them. He has wide-ranging experience in a broad range of commercial litigation matters.

Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Donald served as executive vice president and general counsel of Gruntal & Co., L.L.C., a national broker-dealer, where he managed all of its legal and compliance affairs including regulatory matters, litigations and arbitrations, employment matters, internal investigations, investment advisory matters, contracts and corporate transactions.

Concentrations

  • Securities/Broker-Dealer arbitration and mediation
  • Securities/Broker-Dealer regulatory practice
  • Securities/Broker-Dealer compliance counseling
  • Broker-Dealer employment matters
  • Internal investigations
  • Investment advisory matters
  • Commercial litigation
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Capabilities

Experience

  • Defended SEC investigation of broker-dealer investment advisory units and supervised and coordinated settlement with the SEC, including management of client refunds and coordination with an independent consultant appointed by the SEC pursuant to the settlement order.
  • Represented broker-dealers and employees in customer and employment arbitrations before FINRA, the NASD, the NYSE and the AAA.
  • Represented broker-dealers and registered representatives regarding regulatory inquiries, investigations, proceedings and enforcement actions conducted by the SEC, FINRA, NYSE, NASD and other regulatory and self-regulatory organizations.
  • Represented broker-dealers in "raiding" cases.
  • Drafted policies and procedures for broker-dealers concerning sales practice and compliance issues and led in-house training sessions on these issues.
  • Drafted and implemented broker-dealer's first investment advisory compliance manual and led in-house training on the policies and procedures.
  • Advised broker-dealer regarding legal and compliance issues arising from implementation of fee-based non-investment advisory account program.
  • Managed process of obtaining an interpretive release from the SEC allowing principal and agency cross trades in an investment advisory program utilizing outside money managers.

Recognition & Leadership

  • Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Compliance & Legal Division
    • Former Member, SIFMA Arbitration Committee
  • Member, Federal Bar Council
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
  • Mediator, Trained by the Safe Horizon Mediation Program

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1983
    • Harvard Defenders Program
  • B.A., summa cum laude, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Benjamin Franklin Scholar
Admissions
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey