Member Profile: Hon. Steven Cohen (ret.).

Hon. Steven Cohen (ret.).
Cohen & Associates, Inc
2530 Wilshire Boulevard, 3rd Floor
3rd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Tel: (310) 701-1950
Fax: (310) 315-5408

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; ADR Training/CME


Hon. Steven Cohen (ret.). has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Contract Disputes
Divorce (High Asset)
Land Use/Planning
Non-profit Organizations
Property Damage
Real Estate
Sexual Harassment
Trusts / Estates
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Workers' Compensation



JUDGE COHEN is an expert in Probate matters, Trustee and Beneficiary issues, Dissolution of Marriage, Real Estate matters and Construction related disputes.  He has an MBA with a major in Finance and Economics and has a Real Estate Broker's license with a "Realtors" designation and two Contractor's licenses.

JUDGE COHEN has 30 years of experience as a neutral in mediation and arbitration. Over the past three decades he has served as a neutral for the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Department of Insurance (DOI), Contractor's State License Board (CSLB), US Postal Service (REDRESS), Security and Exchange Commission (NASD) and the L.A. Superior Court both as a Mediator and Case Settlement Officer. JUDGE COHEN was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge an spent five years with the Ingwood Office of Appeals hearing employer tax matters and unemployment and disability appeals.

In the private sector JUDGE COHEN has focused his practice in the areas of Probate, Real Estate, Marriage Dissolution and Construction arenas.  He is a Past President of the Southern California Mediation Association (SCMA-2002). JUDGE COHEN has taught Arbitration, Mediation and Negotiation on the graduate, undergraduate and Corporate level.

In the PROBATE arena JUDGE COHEN not only mediates and arbitrates probate matters, but also successfully had the 2nd District Court of Appeal overtturn the lower court's confirmation of an arbitration decision -- something that is rarely accomplished. With JUDGE COHEN's background as a Realtor and his experience as a "730 Expert" for the Courts in real property valuation and property damages he is well versed to address Trustee and Beneficiary disputes without the need for outside experts. His cases primarily focus on fiduciary duties of Trustees and beneficiary disputes. 

In the Real Property arena, JUDGE COHEN is a qualified expert in real estate standards of care and duty for brokers, agents and sellers with a special focus on disclosure and fiduciary duties.

In the Divorce arena, JUDGE COHEN received his certification from the Academy of Family Mediators through his training at the Strauss Institute as part of Pepperdine's School of Law over 20 years ago.  His knowledge in the real property arena greatly assists in property distribution.  JUDGE COHEN only hears cases where children are involved because of his strong conviction to assure that children of a divorce receive a fair agreement as well as that of their parents.

JUDGE COHEN holds two contractor's licenses and served as a senior arbitrator for the CSLB for 20 years.  He is well versed in all aspects of construction disputes and is a qualified expert in the construction defects arena.

JUDGE COHEN also volunteers as a panel Arbitrator for FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), previously known as the National Association of Security Dealers.  Many cases involve inheritance and claims of improper investment by broker-dealers and/or attorneys. Under the FINRA rules, arbitrators are compensated with an honorarium.


  • J.D., British American University School of Law
  • MBA, Pepperdine University School of Business
  • BSL, Northwestern California University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Named as one of Southern California's Top Rates Lawyers in Mediation & Arbitration for 2013 by Martinale-Hubbel
    • Approved Neutral: L.A. Superior Court; Contractor's State License Board; California State Department of Insurance
    • Department of Fair Housing and Employment; Center for Employment Dispute Resolution
    • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution; American Bar Association; L.A. County Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • Santa Monica Bar Association. Member and past president, Southern California Mediation Association.
    • Received special recognition in 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2003 in "Who's Who in Business Professionals and Executives."


    $600 per hour with a four hour minium.


    Hon. Steven Cohen (ret.). is a member of our CA chapter, California Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, California's premier roster of preeminent mediators and arbitrators. The CADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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