Ira Cohen is a partner of Henkel & Cohen. He is a member of the Florida and New York Bars and has been practicing law for almost 30 years. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell. Ira has extensive experience representing corporations, business entities, and individuals in a wide variety of complex commercial disputes (through litigation and alternative dispute resolution) and in business transactions. His clients have included, among others, apparel manufacturers, architects, artists, athletes, authors, banks, beverage-makers, brewers and vintners, cargo/freight/trucking companies, comic book creators and illustrators, concert promoters, contractors, cruise-line companies, customs brokers, diving excursion companies, dentists, film production companies, flower distributors, fruit growers, furniture manufacturers, graphic designers, health spas, hoteliers, linen and textile manufacturers, musicians, music promoters, pet supply companies, physicians, publishers, race car drivers, promoters and sponsors, real estate developers, record labels, restaurants, seafood companies, flower merchants, HVAC companies, pet supply manufacturers, publishing enterprises, telecommunications companies, vessel and aircraft owners, and watch manufacturers. He practices in employment law, including dispute resolution through litigation and ADR, and also drafting and negotiation of agreements for employment, non-competition, non-disclosure, management, consulting, independent contractor, agency, marketing, promotion, and sponsorship agreements. Ira also provides general corporate representation and assistance in transactional legal matters such as: the sale and purchase of businesses, airplanes, helicopters, and vessels, as well as franchising; licensing, marketing, promotional, and sponsorship agreements.
Ira has decades of experience in the field of Intellectual Property ("IP") law encompassing such areas as copyright, trademark, and unfair competition law, as well as patent law and trade secret claims. His practice extends to the textual and visual arts, the musical arts, and entertainment in general, as well as the branding and marking of goods and/or services, franchising, and internet law. He counsels clients in the development of their intellectual property assets and rights, and to protect their businesses, books, computer programs, designs, musical compositions, graphical art works, paintings, plays, poems, screenplays, sculptures and other three-dimensional works, and sound recordings from predatory or piratical conduct, such as infringement, counterfeiting, and other species of commercial theft and tortious conduct. He handles agreements related to the assignment, development, licensing, transfer, and other disposition of IP rights, as well as royalty agreements.
Ira prepares and prosecutes intellectual property applications seeking Registrations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He also handles foreign filings and disputes outside the U.S. He has worked on IP matters involving trademark and related issues in various Central and South American countries, including Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Costa Rica, as well as the Caribbean (Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saint Maarten\St. Martin, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, and the Dominican Republic).
Ira has litigated cases in the state and federal trial and appellate courts in Florida and New York. He has also handled various federal proceedings, depositions and/or litigation-related matters in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington State.
Ira served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold J. Raby, United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (1982-85).
Ira obtained his Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) from New York University School of Law (1985); earlier, he earned his Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School (1981). Prior thereto, he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Queens College, C.U.N.Y. (1977).
Among many other interests and hobbies, Ira devotes his leisure time to: antiquarian books, antiques, coin and stamp collectibles, art and art history, classical music, family car trips in the U.S., Latin music (all genres), reading, foreign travel, medieval and renaissance European art and architecture, English comedy, Iberian gastronomy, and the culture and history of Spain. Ira speaks Spanish fluently.
Since 2008, Ira has been a member of the Faculty of the University of Phoenix, College of Business and Management, South Florida Campus. Ira, who holds both the J.D. and LL.M. degrees, teaches business law and related coursework, at both the undergraduate and graduate course levels, as well as United States constitutional law.
- Business Litigation
- Intellectual Property
- Contracts and Business Transactions
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Employment Contracts and Disputes
- Creditor Rights and Judgment Collection
- The Florida Bar, 1983
- The New York Bar, 1983
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Seventh, Eleventh and Federal Circuits
- U.S. District Courts – Northern, Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Federal Judicial Clerkship
- Honorable Harold J. Raby, United States Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1982-85
- New York University, School of Law, LL.M., 1985
- Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1981
- Queens College, C.U.N.Y., B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
- Administrative Law Judge, City of New York (New York, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Richmond Counties), 1997-99.
- Arbitrator, Civil Court of the City of New York (New York and Queens Counties), 1989-99.
- English and Spanish (fluent)
- Florida Bar, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section
- Federal Bar Association, including the Federal Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
- New York State Bar Association, including the Arts and Sports Law Section and the Intellectual Property Law Section
- International Trademark Association (INTA)
- Rapid Check Cashing, Inc. v. Prodira S.A. de C.V. Casa de Cambio, Case No. 1:13-cv-24660-JAL, 2014 WL 3703854 (S.D. Fla. 2014) (obtained a federal court decision for the client that dismissed the plaintiff’s case with prejudice).
- Nature’s Earth Products, Inc. v. Planetwise Products, Inc., Case No. 09-80770-CIV MARRA/JOHNSON., U.S.D.C., S.D. Fla. (Oct. 22, 2010 Opinion and Order) (represented defendant in federal patent infringement action wherein plaintiff moved to dismiss its own complaint, with prejudice).
- Big Vision Miami Rentals, LLC, et al. v. Big Vision Rentals, LLC, et al., Case No. 2:08-CV.-07526-ODW-FMO, U.S.D.C., C.D. Cal. (September 14,2009 Orders Denying Motions to Set Aside Entries of Default and to Dismiss Complaint) (represented plaintiff in federal fraud action wherein defaults against certain defendants were upheld by the court.)
- Gasser Chair Co., Inc. v. Infanti Chair Manufacturing Corp., 943 F. Supp. 201, 40 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1554 (E.D.N.Y., 1996) (represented client that prevailed at trial where adverse party held liable for infringement of trade dress rights under the Lanham Act and common law
- Regatta Sport, Ltd. v. Telux-Pioneer, Inc., 20 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1154 (U.S.P.T.O., T.T.A.B., 1991) (obtained order for client that set aside judgment and order cancelling trademark registration)
- Shen Manufacturing Co., Inc., v. Suncrest Mills, Inc. and K-Mart Corp., 673 F. Supp. 1199 (S.D.N.Y. 1987) (represented client that prevailed at trial where adverse parties held liable for selling and distributing infringing products in violation of the Lanham Act and unfair competition laws))
- AV rating, Martindale Hubbell
- Member of the Faculty, University of Phoenix, South Florida Campus (2008-present): Business Law, Constitutional Law
- Florida Trend Legal Elite – 2009
- Guest Lecturer at Brooklyn Law School on Federal practice and procedure, including training of student judicial law clerk interns
- Author and\or editor of various articles and publications such as "The Linguistic Challenge for the Small Claims Division of the Civil Court of the City of New York: Spanish for Arbitrators (a Primer)" (1995)
- Editor of the Portuguese version of the "Small Claims Guide for Litigants" (New York City, Civil Court, 1996)