Steven H. Cohen is an attorney and political activist based in Chicago, Illinois. Steve has been practicing law since 1979 and representing whistleblowers since 1995. A native New Yorker, Steve is a graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. Steve went on to receive his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1979. After law school, Steve served as legislative counsel and director to Representative Benjamin Rosenthal (D-NY) in Washington, D.C. from 1980 to 1982.
From 1982-2000, Steve was in private practice in Chicago as a commercial litigator. In 2001, Steve founded the Cohen Law Group, which brings lawsuits on behalf of citizen whistleblowers against private sector companies that engage in fraud against taxpayer funded programs. Steve also co-founded the Whistleblower Action Network (www.whistlebloweraction.com), an alliance of lawyers who investigate and prosecute qui tam lawsuits on behalf of whistleblowers. Steve and his co-counsel were awarded the 2008 Lawyers of the Year Award by the public interest organization Taxpayers Against Fraud for their representation of the whistleblower in United States ex rel. Steinke v. Merck in which the federal government and all 50 states recovered over $400 million.
In addition to his legal work, Steve sits on a number of academic and nonprofit Boards that focus on youth engagement and education reform. Steve is a Trustee for Beloit College and the TCS Education System. He is on the Board of Directors for the Mikva Challenge Foundation, a Chicago-based organization that engages Chicago area high school students in local and national political elections and on the national Board of NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation.
Steve sits on the President’s Counsel of Taxpayers Against Fraud, the Executive Committee for the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University and the Chicago Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves. Steve also runs a family foundation which has as its mission to fund social justice internships through nonprofit organizations in the education field.
Steve is also a partner in Impact Partners Film (www.impactpartnersfilm.com), a film partnership that finances and produces independent documentaries addressing pressing social issues. Steve is a co-producer/co-executive producer of numerous award winning documentaries, including Hell and Back Again, The Island President, How to Survive A Plague, Fambul Tok and Words of Witness.