Al Cohen is a trial lawyer, representing businesses involved in the construction and real estate industries. Typical clients include prime contractors and subcontractors, material suppliers, homebuilders, land developers and commercial real estate developers. Al's practice includes both private sector projects and government contracts. His construction cases span the full range of construction disputes, and he has litigated, for example, complex delay and disruption claims and their attendant critical path scheduling analysis, acceleration claims, disputed changes, construction defects and mechanic's liens. These cases involved industrial, commercial and residential projects. His real estate practice is also broad and has included a range of disputes, such as lender disputes, buyer-seller disputes, partition claims, disputes among owners of the developer entity, etc. Al began his career as a trial lawyer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, where he handled numerous construction disputes, many of which went to trial in federal court or before the Board of Contract Appeals. He has been in private practice in Denver since 1985.

With growing frequence, Al has been putting his 39 years of experience to use as a mediator of construction disputes. In addition, Al has been on the American Arbitation Association panel of arbitrators for 25 years, and has served as both sole arbitrator and as a member of three person arbitration panels.

In addition to his trial practice, Al serves as advisory counsel to his construction clients. This includes pre-dispute counseling, and drafting and negotiating contracts.

Education and Bar Admissions

  • Boston University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 1979
  • Duke University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 1976
  • Tennessee and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, 1979
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Circuits, 1980-85
  • Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado, 1986
  • U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1977

Since 2009, Al has been ranked by the prestigious and highly selective Chambers USA as one of the top few Colorado lawyers in Real Estate: Construction. In fact, the law firm is only one of four Colorado firms recognized by Chambers in that category, and is the only small, boutique firm so recognized. Super Lawyers® has recognized Al with his inclusion in the Colorado Super Lawyers® list each year since 2010. From 2013 to the present, he is recognized by Colorado SuperLawyers® as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado.