Anne Cohen

Lecturer in Law

Anne Cohen

Lecturer in Law

Anne E. Cohen is a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School, where she teaches a seminar on internal investigations that addresses theoretical, strategic and logistical issues in this important area of practice.

She has published and spoken on complex and mass tort litigation and on the intersection of product liability and compliance issues, most recently on the implications for defense counsel of the GM ignition switch investigation.

Cohen retired in July 2013 from her position as a senior litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton.

For almost 28 years, her wide-ranging practice focused on complex tort litigation and internal investigations. She started at Debevoise in 1986 and became a partner in 1993.

Cohen was active in the mass tort area for her entire career, representing defendants in firearms, Agent Orange, smoking and health, toxic shock syndrome, pharmaceutical, and asbestos matters. A former member of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Board of Directors and longtime member of its case selection committee, she has in-depth experience in the litigation of class actions and other aggregated claims.

She is a member of the American Law Institute, the Economic Club of New York, and the Dean's Council at the Law School. A longtime member of the Board of Citymeals-on-Wheels, Cohen served as the organization's co-president from 2009 to 2015. She is a director of the American Council on Germany and a member of its Financial Oversight and Audit Committee.  

Prior to practicing law, she was a reporter for the Cincinnati Post. Cohen was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard S. Arnold, 8th U.S. Court of Appeals.

Cohen received M.S.L. from Yale Law School in 1982, where she studied for a year as a Ford Foundation fellow while on leave from the Post, and her A.B. from Smith in 1976.

S. Internal Investigations