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Robert R. Cohen

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He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.


Practice areas

  •     Labor and Employment
  •     Civil Rights
  •     Criminal Defense
  •     Class Actions
  •     Discrimination
  •     Gay and Lesbian Rights
  •     Handicapped Rights
  •     Disabled Rights
  •     Disabled Access
  •     Civil Rights Section 1983
  •     Civil Liberties
  •     Human Rights
  •     Race Discrimination
  •     Reproductive Rights
  •     Sex Discrimination
  •     Women’s Rights
  •     Age Discrimination in Employment
  •     Americans with Disabilities Act
  •     Collective Bargaining
  •     Confidentiality Agreements
  •     Covenants Not to Compete
  •     Disability Discrimination
  •     Employee Discipline
  •     Employee Drug Testing
  •     Employee Leasing
  •     Employee Privacy
  •     Employee Rights
  •     Employer Intentional Torts
  •     Employer Liability
  •     Employer Rights
  •     Employment Arbitration
  •     Employment at Will
  •     Employment Breach of Contract
  •     Employment Civil Rights
  •     Employment Claims
  •     Employment Class Actions
  •     Employment Contracts
  •     Employment Defense
  •     Employment Disability Discrimination
  •     Employment Discrimination
  •     Employment Law
  •     Employment Litigation
  •     Employment Mediation
  •     Employment Practices Liability Insurance
  •     Harassment
  •     Family and Medical Leave Act
  •     Fair Labor Standards
  •     Federal Employment Law
  •     Human Resources Law
  •     Wrongful Termination Defense
  •     Employment Rights
  •     Employment Termination
  •     Equal Employment Opportunity Law
  •     Executive Employment Law
  •     Executive Severance Contracts
  •     Executive Transfers
  •     Fair Employment Practices
  •     International Employment Contracts
  •     International Labor Law
  •     Labor Antitrust
  •     Labor Arbitration
  •     Labor Law
  •     Labor Legislation
  •     Labor Relations
  •     Labor Strikes
  •     Management Employment Law
  •     Management Labor Law
  •     Minimum Wage Law
  •     National Labor Relations Act
  •     National Origin Discrimination
  •     Negligent Hiring
  •     Noncompete Litigation
  •     Noncompetition and Non-Solicitation
  •     Agreements
  •     Outsourcing
  •     Personnel Policies
  •     Prevailing Wage Litigation
  •     Personnel Training
  •     Public Sector Collective Bargaining
  •     Public Sector Employment Law
  •     Public Sector Labor Relations
  •     Reductions in Force
  •     Restrictive Covenants
  •     Retaliatory Discharge
  •     Security Clearances
  •     Sexual Harassment
  •     Title VII Discrimination
  •     Unfair Labor Practices
  •     Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  •     Union Contract Negotiations
  •     Union Elections
  •     Union Labor Law
  •     Union Organization
  •     Wage and Hour Class Actions
  •     Wage and Hour Law
  •     WARN Act
  •     Whistleblower Litigation
  •     Workplace Violence
  •     Wrongful Termination


  • Illinois, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar


  • University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1986
  • University of Maryland at College Park, B.S., Accounting, summa cum laude, 1983
  • Provost Scholar, 1979-1983

Biographical details
Mr. Cohen represents individuals and members of class actions in numerous employment cases, including claims for discrimination based on race, gender, age, national origin and disability, sexual harassment, retaliation, and breach of contract. Mr. Cohen also currently serves as part-time Hearing Officer at the Cook County Commission on Human Rights and has worked as a part-time Hearing Officer at the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations.

Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Cohen worked at Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago, where he represented clients in employment discrimination. At the University of Chicago, he was also appointed Clinical Lecturer in Law, teaching several courses related to litigation methods and employment discrimination.

Mr. Cohen is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. Such recognition derives from reviews by peers and clients who evaluate a lawyer’s ethical standards and professional ability. The rating is a strong indicator of the quality of a lawyer or a law firm.

Past employment positions

  •     Part-Time Hearing Officer, City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations
  •     Clinical Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School/Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. Appointed Clinical Lecturer in Law, 1988. Represented clients in employment discrimination cases with Clinic’s Employment Discrimination Project; taught Litigation Methods, a trial practice course; developed case and statutory materials on employment discrimination (1987-1992)
  •     Associate, Mayer, Brown & Platt, Chicago, Illinois. General trial and appellate litigation practice (1986-1987)
  •     Auditor, Peat Marwick & Mitchell, Baltimore, Maryland. Staff Auditor (1983)

Professional organizations

  •     Chicago Bar Association (Chairperson of Civil Rights Committee, 1993-1995)
  •     National Employment Lawyer’s Association, Illinois Chapter

Selected publications and other experience

  •     Faculty Member, University of Chicago/Mandel Legal Aid Clinic’s Trial Practice Workshop Training Team (various years between 1996 and the present)
  •     Federal Bar Training Course (1993)
  •     National Lawyer’s Guild Seminar on Employment
  •     Discrimination Litigation in the Human Rights Commission (October, 1990)
  •     Author of article in the July/August 1992 issue of the CBA Record: “Proposed Legislative Solutions to Procedural Problems in the Illinois Human Rights Act”
  •     Testified in favor of and in opposition to several proposed amendments to the Illinois Human Rights Act before the Illinois House Judiciary Committee and the Illinois Senate Executive Committee

Frankel & Cohen represents clients in Chicago and throughout Illinois, as well in Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan.