Over her more than 30-year career, Robin Cohen has recovered more than $5 billion for her insurance policyholder clients, which include prominent names like American Airlines, the Carlyle Group, CBS, Madison Square Garden, Pfizer, TIAA, and Verizon. Robin counsels an exclusive policyholder client base spanning industries and countries, astutely advocating for them in cases involving asbestos, directors and officers issues, employee coverage, employee dishonesty, environmental, first-party, product liability, toxic tort, and other claims. Recognized as one of the most prominent and influential lawyers in the insurance bar, Robin and her three longtime colleagues launched Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna in January 2021.
As lead counsel in groundbreaking cases in many of the highest U.S. courts, Robin routinely negotiates settlements in the multi-hundred-million-dollar range. Her wins have led to changes in standard form language typically used in insurance contracts and often have sweeping industrywide implications. Outside of the courtroom, Robin focuses on tackling bet-the-company insurance issues that materially impact companies’ bottom lines, and on developing strategies that maximize settlements against insurance carriers.
Among her many successes, her past trial wins include a $1.85 billion trial award (upheld on appeal) for IMO Industries, which had sued more than 50 insurers for coverage of asbestos liabilities. She recently secured a ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court that gave the New Jersey Transit Corporation access to up to $400 million in insurance coverage for damage sustained in Superstorm Sandy.
More recently, Robin has positioned herself at the forefront of business interruption cases for companies that suffered losses due to Covid-19, with her team advising more than 100 clients on pandemic-related insurance matters. Her work in this space has resulted in precedent-setting rulings allowing policyholders in various industries – including real estate, hospitality, and entertainment – to seek coverage for business losses despite the insurance industry’s attempt to defeat coverage claims through unsuccessful early dispositive motions. For Thor Equities, the owner of retail sites in Manhattan, Robin and her team won the first ruling in New York (and perhaps the country) that held the contamination exclusion in the insurance policy at issue did not bar coverage as a matter of law. The case has already been cited in jurisdictions outside New York.
Robin’s courtroom skills and trial success bring her recognition as one of The National Journal’s “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers” in America, a recipient of the 2021 Legal 500 “Advice to Policyholders” Hall of Fame honor, and Benchmark Litigation’s “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in America, among many other honors.
Updated Sep 2021