David R. Cohen


Attorneys Fees
Bad Faith
Civil Rights
Class Action
Disability Rights
In-Camera Review
Information Technology
Intellectual Property
Mass Tort
Multi District Litigation
Patent Infringement
Personal Injury
Product Liability
Settlement Administration

For full resume visit  http://www.SpecialMaster.Law 

Case List

Appointing Judges

  • Honorable John Adams, United States District Court (Akron)
  • Honorable Ann Aldrich, United States District Court (deceased) (Cleveland)
  • Honorable Christopher Boyko, United States District Court (Cleveland)
  • Honorable Sharon Johnson Coleman, United States District Court (Chicago)
  • Honorable David Dowd, United States District Court (Akron)
  • Honorable Nathaniel Gorton, United States District Court (Boston)
  • Honorable Kathleen McDonald O’Malley, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals (Washington, DC)
  • Honorable Solomon Oliver, Jr., United States District Court (Cleveland)
  • Honorable Sul Ozerden, United States District Court (Gulfport)
  • Honorable Thomas Parker, United States District Court (Cleveland)
  • Honorable Dan Aaron Polster, United States District Court (Cleveland)
  • Honorable Julie Robinson, United States District Court (Kansas City)
  • Honorable Mary Rowland, United States District Court (Chicago)
  • Honorable Arthur Schwab, United States District Court (Pittsburgh)
  • Honorable Kathryn Vratil, United States District Court (Kansas City)
  • Honorable Jack Zouhary, United States District Court (Toledo)


  • In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2196 (Multidistrict Antitrust)
  • In re Oral Sodium Phosphate Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 2066 (Multidistrict Mass Tort)
  • In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 2001 (Multidistrict Consumer Class Action)
  • In re Community Bank of N. Virginia Mortgage Lending Pracs., MDL No. 1674 (W.D. Pa.) (Truth in Lending Class Action)
  • In re Welding Fumes Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 1535 (Multidistrict Mass Tort)
  • In re Sulzer Hip Implant Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 1401 (Multidistrict Mass Tort) (Senior Law Clerk)


  • Sibley v. Sprint Nextel Corp., no. 08-CV-2063 (D. Kan.) (Employment Class Action)
  • Harlow v. Sprint Nextel Corp., no. 08-CV-2222 (D. Kan.) (Employment Class Action)
  • In re Sears Front-Load Washer Prod. Liab. Litig., no. 06-CV-7023 (N.D. Ill.) (Consumer Class Action)
  • Massachusetts v. E*Trade Access, Inc., no. 03-CV-11206 (D. Mass) (ADA Class Action)
  • Howe v. City of Akron, no. 06-cv-02779 (N.D. Ohio) (1983 Discrimination Class Action)
  • Bland v. PNC Bank, N.A., no. 15-CV-1042 (W.D. Pa.) (FLSA Class Action)
  • Reinig v. RBS Citizens, N.A., no. 15-CV-1541 (W.D. Pa.) (FLSA Class Action)
  • Stewart v. Anchor Drilling Fluids, USA, Inc., no. 16-CV-1372 (W.D. Pa.) (FLSA Class Action)
  • Williford v. Rice Energy, Inc., no. 17-CV-945 (W.D. Pa.) (FLSA Class Action)


  • United States v. Black, no. 16-CR-20032 (D. Kan.) (Sixth Amendment and Attorney-Client Privilege)


  • Snap-On Bus. Solns. v. Hyundai Motor America, no. 07-CV-1961 (N.D. Ohio) (Patent and Indemnity)
  • A.R. Arena Products, Inc v. Grayling Industries, Inc., no. 11-CV-1911 (N.D. Ohio) (Patent)


  • Hutchens v. Abbot Labs., Inc., no. 11-CV-176 (N.D. Ohio) (Pharmaceutical Product Liability)
  • Columbia Gas Transmission LLC v. Booth,no. 16-CV-1418 (N.D. Ohio) (Federal Eminent Domain Class Compensation)
  • Universal Surveillance Corp. v. Checkpoint Systems, Inc., no. 11-CV-1755 (N.D. Ohio) (Antitrust)
  • Overcash Pipeline, LLC v. Shaw, no. 16-CV-785 (Computer Forensic Discovery in Business Dispute)
  • EEOC v. Spitzer Management, Inc., no. 06-CV-02337 (N.D. Ohio) (Employment Discrimination)
  • Sterling Jewelers, Inc. v. Zales Corp., no. 12-CV-2823 (N.D. Ohio) (Lanham Act)
  • C.B. Fleet Co. v. Colony Specialty Ins. Co., no. 11-CV-375 (N.D. Ohio) (Insurance Contract & Bad Faith)
  • Baxter v. Lincoln Electric Co., no. 08-WF-17037 (N.D. Ohio) (Product Liability)
  • Banford v. Aldrich Chemical Co., Inc., no. 2003-CV-8704 (Ohio Ct. Common Pleas) (Mass Tort Explosion)
  • Duties
    • Overseeing and resolving all discovery and e-discovery issues.
    • Ruling on privilege issues.
    • Negotiating Settlement Agreements between plaintiffs, defendants, and insurers.
    • Designing claims administration processes to pay settlement class.
    • Serving as appellate reviewer of claimant settlement awards.
    • Creating protocols and entering common benefit attorney fee awards (see examples).
    • Monitoring and addressing ethical concerns.
    • Monitoring compliance with Court-ordered injunctive relief.
    • Drafting opinions for Judicial signature, ranging from pre-trial global Daubert issues, to summary judgment motions, to post-trial, case-specific JNOV motions.
    • Coordinating federal and state-court litigation.
    • Ruling on motions in limine.
    • Presiding over Markman hearings and construing disputed patent terms (see examples).
    • Assisting Judges in courtroom during bellwether trials.

Honors Membership Awards


  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • Court-Approved ADR Mediator
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
    • Court-Approved ADR Neutral – Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master
  • Academy of Court-Appointed Masters
    • President Emeritus
    • Member, Board of Directors
    • Charter Member
  • Babson College / Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Entrepreneurial Curriculum
    • Invited Scholar, Graduate
  • American College of E-Neutrals
    • Member, Board of Directors
    • Charter Member
  • Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists
    • Invited Member, Certification Committee
    • Charter Class, Certified E-Discovery Specialist
  • The Sedona Conference
    • Core Work Group Member, Mass Torts & Punitive Damages, 2008 – present
    • E-Discovery Dispute Resolution Program For Special Masters & Mediators
  • Duke Law School Center for Judicial Studies
    • Treatise Contributor, Class Action Settlement Guidelines and Best Practices
  • Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
    • Assisting the Honorable William S. Duffey, Jr. with design and content of private Intra-Net resource website for MDL Transferee Judges
  • American Inns of Court
    • Member, 1992 – present
    • Program Committee Member
    • Membership Committee Co-chair
    • Co-authored a six-part program, entitled “When a Lawyer and Her Client are Both Indicted,” which is now listed in the National American Inns of Court Program Library Catalog.
  • Federal Bar Association, Judiciary Division
    • Bench Bar Committee
    • Board of Directors, N.D. Ohio Chapter
    • National Convention 2000 Steering Committee
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
    • Public Arbitrator (no. A58913)
  • American Arbitration Association
    • Weeklong Intensive Mediation Training
  • Associate Adjunct Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University Law School
    • Teaching Pretrial Practice to third-year students.  Consistent student evaluations of “excellent.”
  • Licensed Instructor, Ohio Peace Officers Training Council
    • Teaching trial testimony to City of Cleveland Police Cadets.

Professional Admissions

  • Ohio Supreme Court, Atty. No. 0055347
  • Colorado Supreme Court, Atty. No. 022420
  • New York Supreme Court, Atty. No. 5082193
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Francis McGovern Award for Outstanding Writing and Research on Special Masters
  • Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Life Member, Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District of Ohio
  • 2008 Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel


  • Appointing Special Masters and Other Judicial Adjuncts: A Benchbook for Judges (5th ed. 2013).
    • Editor and Contributor. To download a copy of this Benchbook, click HERE.
  • Cohen’s Special Master Case Reporter
    • Editor and Publisher. To view this month’s Reporter, click HERE.
  • Special Masters versus Magistrate Judges: No Contest, The Federal Lawyer 73 (Sept. 2014).
    • To read this article, click HERE.
  • The Judge, the Special Master, and You, Litigation Magazine (ABA Vol. 40 no. 4).
    • To read this article, click HERE.
  • The Most Powerful Federal Venue Statute of All, Inter Alia Magazine (FBA Aug. 2010).
    • To read this article, click HERE.
  • David R. Cohen, Note, Judicial Malpractice Insurance? The Judiciary Responds to the Loss of Absolute Judicial Immunity, 41 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 267 (1990). This Note received national attention: Are Judges Overcharged for Insurance? Law Review Article Says Premiums Are Too High, The National Law Journal at 10 (March 19, 1991).



Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude, 1991

  • Law Review Notes Editor
  • Honors, Order of the Coif
  • Class Rank – top 3%
  • American Jurisprudence Award (three times)

University of Michigan Honors College
Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1981

  • Double Major in Economics and Psychology
  • Class Honors – three years