Michael J. Cohen


Shareholder

mjc@mtfn.com

111 East Kilbourn Avenue, 19th Floor
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Michael J. Cohen SuperLawyers 15 Years
Michael J. Cohen Top 50 Wisconsin SuperLawyers
Michael J. Cohen Top 25 Milwaukee SuperLawyers
Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2020 Milwaukee Michael J. Cohen
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rated

Shareholder Michael J. Cohen has more than 30 years of experience in complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts. His proven record of numerous favorable verdicts at the trial and appellate levels has earned him a reputation as one of Wisconsin’s preeminent business litigators. For many years, Mike has been recognized by members of the Wisconsin bar and judiciary as one of the top lawyers in the state.

Mike concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation including non-compete and other restrictive covenants, breach of contract, business torts, shareholder disputes and employment; environmental and toxic tort litigation; and on complex insurance coverage litigation, including environmental and asbestos liabilities and bad faith claims. He has been involved in some of the most significant complex insurance coverage matters in Wisconsin and other surrounding states over the two decades.

Honors


  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2010 – 2020)
  • Milwaukee Lawyer of the Year® (Insurance Law, 2014, 2017 & 2019; Litigation-Insurance – 2020)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers® (2006 – 2019)
  • Top 25 Lawyers in Milwaukee (2011 – 2019)
  • Top 50 Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2008 – 2019)
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys – Lifetime Achievement Member (2017)
  • Leaders in the Law (2011)

Professional Organizations


  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Judicial Election Steering Committee
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Past Member of the Board of Governors (2013 – 2017)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Past President; Bench-Bar Civil Division Committee, Former Co-Chair; Civil Litigation Section, Former Chair
  • Milwaukee Bar Foundation, Board Member
  • Thomas E. Fairchild Inn of Court, Master
  • American Bar Association, Tort Law and Insurance, Business Litigation
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Wisconsin Fellows
  • High School Mock Trial Tournament, Former Co-Chair
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Wisconsin Defense Counsel

Speeches & Publications


  • Chair and Speaker, Trending Topics in Business Litigation 2019, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE, December 5, 2019
  • Chair and Speaker, Trending Topics in Business Litigation 2018, State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE, November 29, 2018
  • Speaker, Expert Witnesses: Using Wisconsin Court Rules to Your Advantage, National Business Institute, September 27, 2017
  • Speaker, Arbitration: Soup to Nuts, Alternative Dispute Resolution Seminar, Milwaukee Bar Association, May 11, 2016.
  • Speaker, Social Media and Other Electronic Evidence, 2016 Marquette University Law School Civil Litigation and Evidence Conference, March 4, 2016.
  • Speaker, E-Discovery in Insurance Coverage Cases, PCI Claims Committee Conference, October 8, 2014.
  • Speaker, Agents who Prepare to Compete: Soliciting Customers and Co-Workers, State Bar of Wisconsin, December 5, 2013
  • Speaker, Trending Topics in Business LitigationPreparing to Compete and the Breach of the Duty of Loyalty, Wisconsin State Bar, November 30, 2012
  • Speaker, Litigation Holds—What Should Be Done.  Wisconsin Defense Counsel 2010 Summer Conference; Washington County Bar Association, February 17, 2010
  • Speaker, Advanced Allocation Issues, Complex Insurance Claims Litigation Association, March 10, 2010
  • Speaker, Litigation Holds and the Duty to Preserve Evidence, Marquette University Law School, November 6, 2009
  • Author, Recent Revisions to the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act Raise the Stakes for Employers, The Business Journal (Milwaukee), Vol. 27, No. 3 at 43 (Oct. 16, 2009) (co-authored with Thomas M. Hruz)
  • Author, Can Employers Force Employees to Sign Noncompete Agreements as a Condition of their Employment?, Wisconsin Lawyer, Vol. 72, No. 5, (May 1999) (co-authored with William T. Stuart)
  • Speaker, Practical Evidence Issues Before and at Trial—Scope of Expert Testimony at Trial—Attempts to Go Beyond Expert Report and Disclosures; Use of Information Obtained Over the Internet; Litigation Holds—What Should be Done; Contacting Employees and Former Employees of Opposing Party; Milwaukee Bar Association, December 12, 2008
  • Speaker, 2008 Insurance Law Institute—Views From Across the River—Trigger, Allocation and the Plastics Engineering Co. v. Liberty Mutual Co. Case in Wisconsin, Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, November 13, 2008
  • Speaker, 31st Annual Corporate Practice Institute—Trade Secrets: A Thief or Not a Thief?, State Bar of Wisconsin—CLE Seminars, December 4, 2007
  • Speaker, Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner—Scope of Expert Testimony at Trial—Attempts to Go Beyond Expert Report and Disclosures; Use of Information Obtained Over the Internet; Litigation Holds—What Should be done; Contacting Employees and Former Employees of Opposing Party, Lorman Business Center, Inc., August 28, 2007
  • Speaker, Current Issues Surrounding CGL Coverage—Insurance Coverage for Business Torts, Lorman Business Center, Inc., May 4, 2007
  • Speaker, Insurance Bad Faith Claims, Lorman Business Center, Inc., March 30, 2007
  • Speaker, 2006 Civil Law Seminar—Case Management Orders, Wisconsin Supreme Court, December 6, 2006
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Contamination, Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, August 12, 2006
  • Speaker, Annual Convention Litigation Section—Insurance Coverage for Business Torts, State Bar of Wisconsin, May 3, 2006
  • Speaker, Insurance Bad Faith Claims in Wisconsin, Lorman Business Center, Inc., March 31, 2006; April 29, 2005 and March 22, 2005.
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Environmental Contamination: Welcome Back to Environmental Law After Johnson Controls, Inc., v. Employers Insurance of Wausua, et al., Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin, August 11, 2005

Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1986
University of Wisconsin, B.A., 1983


  • International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Board Member
  • National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Former Board Member
  • Business Law, Center for Legal Technology, a division of MBTI/Business Training Institute, Instructor (1989-1991)
  • City of Milwaukee Administrative Appellate Review Board, Board Member (1987-1989)
  • City of Milwaukee Housing Authority, Alternate Hearing Examiner (1986-1989)

Articles & Videos


Shareholder Michael J. Cohen Recognized as Leading Litigation Practitioner

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. is pleased to announce that Shareholder Michael J. Cohen has been recognized as 2021...
Read More

Nine Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols Attorneys Selected as 2021 Best Lawyers

Meissner Tierney Fisher & Nichols S.C. is proud to announce that nine of its Shareholders were recently selected by their...
Read More

Attorney Michael Cohen Presents at Trending Topics in Business Litigation

Attorney Michael J. Cohen recently chaired and spoke at the Trending Topics in Business Litigation seminar held by the State...
Read More

Nine Meissner Tierney Attorneys Selected as 2019 Wisconsin Super Lawyers

Meissner Tierney is proud to announce that seven of its active shareholders, including Joseph Tierney III, Thomas Nichols, Randal Brotherhood,...
Read More

Shareholder Michael Cohen’s Article “A Perilous Decision: Steadfast Explains an Insurer’s Duty to Defend in the Multi-Insurer Context (and the Damages Available Against a Breaching Insurer)” Featured in the Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal

Shareholder Michael Cohen recently co-authored an article for the Wisconsin Defense Counsel’s Wisconsin Civil Trial Journal, Summer 2019 Edition titled, “A...
Read More

Nine Shareholders Voted to The 2020 Best Lawyers in America© List

Meissner Tierney is extremely honored to announce that all nine of our active shareholders were once again selected by their...
Read More

Shareholder Michael Cohen Named Best Lawyers® 2020 Litigation – Insurance “Lawyer of the Year” in Milwaukee

Meissner Tierney is proud to announce that shareholder Michael Cohen was selected as the 2020 Litigation - Insurance “Lawyer of...
Read More

Nine Meissner Tierney Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2018

Meissner Tierney is proud to announce that seven shareholders, including Joseph Tierney III, Thomas Nichols*, Randal Brotherhood, Michael Cohen**, William...
Read More

Attorney Michael Cohen named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Milwaukee

Meissner Tierney is proud to announce that shareholder Michael Cohen was once again selected as 2019 Insurance Law “Lawyer of...
Read More

Eight Meissner Tierney Shareholders Voted to the 2019 Best Lawyers in America© List

Meissner Tierney is extremely honored to announce that eight of our senior shareholders were once again selected by their peers...
Read More

Preparing to Compete: The Boundaries of Permissible Conduct

Michael J. Cohen Under our free enterprise system, employees frequently leave their employment to work for a competitor or start...
Read More

Attorney Michael Cohen to Present at the National Business Institute’s Seminar “Expert Witnesses: Using Wisconsin Court Rules to Your Advantage”

Join attorney Michael Cohen on September 27, 2017 at the Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront for a live National Business Institute...
Read More

Eight Meissner Tierney Shareholders Voted to the 2018 Best Lawyers in America© List

Meissner Tierney is extremely honored to announce that eight of our senior shareholders were once again selected by their peers...
Read More

Attorney Michael Cohen’s U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit Oral Argument

On May 23, 2017, Shareholder Michael Cohen presented oral argument in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit...
Read More

Video: Preparing to Compete: The Boundaries of Permissible Conduct – Attorney Michael Cohen

Attorney Michael Cohen shares insights on the boundaries of permissible conduct of employees as they prepare to leave their current...
Read More

Eleven Meissner Tierney Attorneys Recognized by Wisconsin Super Lawyers for 2016

Once again, nearly all of Meissner Tierney’s shareholders, including Joseph Tierney III, Thomas Nichols, Randal Brotherhood, Michael Cohen, William Stuart,...
Read More

Eight Meissner Tierney Attorneys Named to the 2017 Best Lawyers in America© List

We are excited to announce that eight of our 10 shareholders, and all of our senior shareholders, have been selected...
Read More

5 Key Factors in Determining Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Wisconsin

Michael J. Cohen One area of business litigation that we often address is the issue of enforceability of non-compete agreements...
Read More

Video: “Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Wisconsin” – Attorney Mike Cohen

Attorney Mike Cohen discusses the "Enforceability of Non-Compete Agreements in Wisconsin." Mike reviews Wisconsin's current non-compete statute and the 5...
Read More

Attorney Michael Cohen Re-elected to the Board of Governors for the State Bar of Wisconsin

Congratulations to attorney Michael Cohen on his re-election to the State Bar Board of Governors on Friday, April 24th.  Mike...
Read More