Cohen, Justin L.

Judicial Extern for the Honorable Ed Moss, 17th Judicial District

Judicial Extern for the Honorable C. Scott Crabtree, 17th Judicial District

Justin Cohen is a commercial litigator who counsels clients in disputes concerning contract-based issues, fraud and other business torts, and breach of fiduciary duty. Justin is an experienced trial lawyer, having served as trial counsel in numerous bench and jury trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings. He has tried cases for private companies and individuals involved in shareholder and partnership disputes, developers and other entities in the real estate and construction industries, municipalities and large public companies.

Justin also regularly counsels hospitality, health care, energy and technology companies as well as individuals and businesses in a wide range of other industries. In addition, Justin is experienced in securities and oil and gas litigation. Justin excels in managing complex commercial matters, forming strong relationships with his clients, working effectively with opposing counsel and supervising teams of attorneys to advocate for his clients’ interests.

Justin applies his leadership skills in his role as the second vice president of the Denver Bar Association and through his involvement with the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado, of which he is a past president. His community involvement also includes extensive pro bono work. He routinely assists domestic violence victims in obtaining civil protection orders and helped improve working conditions for Peruvian sheepherders on the western slopes. 


Previous Experience

Judicial Extern for the Honorable Ed Moss, 17th Judicial District

Judicial Extern for the Honorable C. Scott Crabtree, 17th Judicial District

Representative Matters
  • Trial counsel to manager of an ambulatory surgery center in arbitration against a majority physician owner group. The physician owner group sought to remove the manager, in violation of the parties’ limited liability company agreement. We successfully obtained injunctive relief and retained management control of the center following a two-week arbitration hearing.

  • Lead trial counsel to a municipality being sued for nearly $60 million for alleged civil rights violations. The jury returned a complete defense verdict for the municipality.

  • Trial counsel to a hospitality client in an administrative hearing concerning the tax valuation of our client’s hotel property. The administrative panel significantly reduced our client’s tax liability.

  • Counsel to a major oil and gas company in two class action disputes in which the plaintiffs sought tens of millions of dollars in damages based on alleged underpayments of royalties. On two separate occasions, we obtained a dismissal of the entire case on behalf our client.

  • Counsel to a limited partnership, its general partner, and officer of the general partner in action brought by limited partner in defense of claims for civil theft, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, and civil conspiracy. We obtained dismissal of limited partner’s claim to remove the officer, and also prevailed on two separate occasions when limited partner sought emergency injunctive relief.

  • Counsel to one of the largest health insurance companies in the country in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Sherman Act and Colorado Antitrust Act. We asserted counterclaims under the Sherman Act, Colorado Antitrust Act, Colorado Consumer Protection Act, and ERISA, in addition to various tort claims. The case was ultimately settled on favorable terms for our client.

  • Successfully represented the Colorado Oil and Gas Association in litigation against the cities of Lafayette, Fort Collins, and Longmont regarding bans or moratoria on hydraulic fracturing activities, prevailing on summary judgment in each matter. This litigation involved precedent-setting issues pertaining to state versus local preemption of oil and gas activities, and culminated in two rulings by the Colorado Supreme Court striking down Longmont's ban and Fort Collin's five-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

News & Events

Board of Directors, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Colorado

Associate Board of Directors, Big Green

Board of Directors, Colorado Common Cause

Second Vice President, Denver Bar Association

Former Board Member, America SCORES


Publications & Presentations
  • J.D., 2012, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Order of St. Ives
  • B.A., 2007, magna cum laude, Winthrop University
  • Colorado

Young Lawyer of the Year, Denver Bar Association, 2020

Gen XYZ Top 25 Young Professionals; Top 5 Young Professionals, ColoradoBiz, 2020

Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2021

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2018-2020

Law Week Colorado, Up & Coming Lawyers, 2017

General Editor, University of Denver Law Review

Colorado Bar Association Leadership Program


Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Colorado Bar Association