Julie Cohen has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in a wide variety of domestic and international litigation matters, including claims for breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy and fraudulent transfers. She has extensive experience in trials, arbitrations and bankruptcy litigation.

Bio

Ms. Cohen’s experience includes, among others:

  • NextEra Energy, Inc. in its bankruptcy court trial victory against the Adelphia Communications Recovery Trust, which had sued to recover approximately $300 million for an allegedly fraudulent transfer from Adelphia to two NextEra subsidiaries;
  • A. Schulman, Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries in two lawsuits, including one that went to trial in Delaware Chancery Court, asserting breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims against former owners of Citadel Plastic Holdings, Inc. and Lucent Polymers, Inc.;
  • successfully securing dismissal on all counts of $1.5 billion-plus excessive fee claims under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act against one of the world’s largest asset managers after an eight-day bench trial in the District of New Jersey. The case was one of the largest ever involving claims against mutual funds;
  • Anglo Irish Bank as part of the trial team that obtained a complete victory in its arbitration against Peninsula Real Estate Fund I GP, stemming from a real estate development partnership the bank funded. Following weeks of factual and expert testimony from more than two dozen witnesses, extensive post-hearing briefing and a day of closing arguments, the tribunal awarded the bank the removal of the general partner and denied the general partner’s claims for more than $75 million in damages;
  • Barclays Bank in an interpleader action relating to defaults under an indenture for a collateralized debt obligation backed by commercial real estate assets;
  • Excel Maritime Carriers, Ltd., a Greek shipping business, in litigation arising out of the Chapter 11 restructuring of its bank and bond debt;
  • a partnership dispute spanning multiple jurisdictions with claims of an alleged oral partnership agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy and fraud;
  • an international investment bank in connection with disputes involving proceedings in New York and London relating to several billions of dollars of structured finance products;
  • Fresh Del Monte Fresh Produce, Inc. in securing a victory in a jury trial against Del Monte Foods Co. securing Fresh Del Monte’s exclusive right under the parties’ contract to use the Del Monte trademark on certain refrigerated preserved fruit, returning a verdict in favor of Fresh Del Monte on five out of six Lanham Act false advertising claims;
  • Taly Diamonds N.Y. Ltd. in a dispute between the two members of a Delaware limited liability company concerning the dissolution of the company;
  • Tremont Group Holdings, Inc. in the settlement of more than 20 consolidated class, derivative and individual actions and the complete dismissal of 28 putative class claims alleging fraud, unjust enrichment, and breaches of contractual and fiduciary duties in connection with the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme; and in a related dismissal of an appeal of the settlement brought by investors; and
  • Pleiades Publishing, Inc. in defeating a motion to dismiss a complaint against Springer Science + Business Media, LLC alleging breach of contract for failure to pay tens of millions of dollars of revenue.

Ms. Cohen is a member of the firm’s Summer Associate Committee and is heavily involved in the firm’s recruiting efforts. She also is the newsletter editor for the ABA’s Expert Witness Committee.

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of Iowa College of Law, 2008
  • B.A., Yale University, 2004

Admissions

  • New York

Julie E. Cohen

Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials
julie.cohen@skadden.com