Steven Cohen

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Steven H. Cohen is an attorney and l activist based in Chicago, Illinois.  Steve has been practicing law since 1979 and representing whistleblowers since 1995.  Steve is a graduate of Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin and received his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1979.

In 2001, Steve founded the Cohen Law Group, which brings lawsuits on behalf of citizen whistleblowers against private sector companies that defraud taxpayer funded programs. 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. Steve is now of counsel to the law firm Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. (“HSPRD”) and a member of the Whistleblower Advocates (, a collaboration between HSPRD and the Cohen Law Group focused on investigating and prosecuting qui tam lawsuits on behalf of whistleblowers.

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, the national Advisory Board of The Truman National Security Project, and the President’s Counsel of Taxpayers Against Fraud.

Steve is also a partner in Impact Partners Film (, a film partnership that finances and produces independent documentaries addressing pressing social issues.  In 2014, Steve co-founded The Chicago Media Project, a member-based nonprofit organization that connects Chicago funders and advocates and provides funding, partnership resources, and visibility to impact media projects.

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, The Overnighters, The Newburgh Sting, and The Hunting Ground.