Alan W. CohnPresident and Managing partner
Alan W. Cohn is the president and managing partner at the Law Offices of Cohn & Smith. As an experienced injury attorney with over 30 years of experience, he has helped countless clients from Pembroke Pines and other South Florida cities in cases involving a variety of accidents, including car crashes, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and more.
Mr. Cohn seeks remedies for individuals who have been hurt due to the negligence of another party. Under Florida law, an accident victim can take legal action against a person or entity at fault to seek compensation for his or her injuries. Negligence is generally defined as the failure to exercise the same level of caution that an ordinary, prudent person would use in similar circumstances. The duty of care may vary in certain specialized situations, such as those involving doctors or other professionals.
In order to establish a negligence claim, an accident victim must show four key elements by a preponderance of the evidence, which means that they are more likely than not to be true. The defendant must have owed a duty of care to the victim and breached that obligation with some careless act or omission. Moreover, the defendant’s breach must have been the direct cause of the injured person’s harm, and he or she must have sustained actual damages as a consequence. These can range from economic costs, such as lost wages or hospital bills, to non-economic harm like pain and suffering. Negligence claims tend to be highly fact-intensive, and Mr. Cohn is committed to meticulously gathering all the information surrounding a case to be able to present the information in the most compelling way possible.
In the state of Florida, an individual has four years from the date of an accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is known as the statute of limitations. When someone has tragically lost their life due to another person’s negligence, the statute of limitations lasts only two years. If an accident victim, or his or her family, fails to file a lawsuit within the applicable period, the claim may be permanently barred.
Mr. Cohn received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After working for several years at Proctor & Gamble as a chemical engineer, Mr. Cohn pursued his J.D. at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, from which he graduated in 1977. The following year, Mr. Cohn began his legal career in the area of personal injury, medical malpractice, and products liability.
In 1982, Mr. Cohn founded his own law firm, which has evolved into the Law Offices of Cohn & Smith. The firm has helped hundreds of clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Mr. Cohn’s extensive knowledge and experience in chemical engineering and working closely with manufacturers puts him in a useful position to help those who have been hurt by defective products.
Mr. Cohn is admitted to the Florida Bar and is an AV-rated attorney. He is also a member of the Broward County Bar Association, the Broward County Justice Association, the Florida Justice Association, and the American Association for Justice.
J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1977
Law Review, editor, Florida Law Review
M.B.A., Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1971
B.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
The Florida Bar
Broward County Bar Association
Broward County Justice Association
Florida Justice Association
American Association for Justice
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®