Jeffrey M. Cohen has been an attorney and a mediator in private practice since 1984. His practice has concentrated in the mediation of disputes involving divorce, separation, business, commercial, organizational and workplace related issues since 1992.
Mr. Cohen served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) (www.acrnet.org), the largest mediation organization in the United States, from 2009 – 2015. Among his various duties, he acted as Chairman of the ACR Ethics Committee, which is charged with the creation and promotion of best ethical practices for mediators and other alternative dispute resolution professionals. He continues as the current Co-Chair of the ACR Ethics Committee.
Mr. Cohen has earned the designation of “Advanced Practitioner” from this organization, and as a result has been admitted to the ACR Academy of Family Mediators. This designation requires that he engage in bi-annual continuing mediation training in order to maintain his status. Since the inception of his mediation practice, Mr. Cohen has accumulated over 700 hours of specific mediation, facilitation and other alternative dispute resolution training from many of the finest mediation training programs and individual trainers in both the United States and Canada, including multiple trainings with The Harvard Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School and The Cornell ILR School.
In addition to his present duties with The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), he has served on the ACR Certification Task Force, a committee charged with creating specific standards for the certification of mediators who are members of this organization. Mr. Cohen has also served on as the Co-Chair of the ACR Legal Committee, as a member of the ACR Insurance Committee and as a member of the ACR Grievance Committee, where he co-authored grievance and review standards for complaints made against members of the organization.
At present, in addition to his private practice, he currently mediates workplace and organizational disputes for the United States Department of Interior and labor disputes for the New York State Public Employee Relations Board (PERB). Mr. Cohen has worked as a contract mediator for the United States Equal Opportunity Employment Commission regarding issues of employment discrimination. He has also mediated both commercial conflicts and workplace disputes for various organizations, including the Social Security Administration. Mr. Cohen was also a panel mediator for the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Cohen is the President of the Collaborative Global Initiative, Inc., (CGI), an international network of mediators, facilitators and systems design professionals that provide assessment, training, facilitation, mediation and process design services to help multiple stakeholders work together to achieve common goals.
Mr. Cohen is also the cofounder and, since 1990, a co-presenter of the acclaimed “Kids First After Divorce” Program, a New York State certified parent education program for adults with children who are experiencing divorce or separation and who seek to learn the effects of divorce and separation. Participants in this program learn not only the effects of separation and divorce on both children and their parents, but also about the court system and alternatives to litigation.
Mr. Cohen is a “Law Guardian” (trained children’s advocate) certified by the Appellate Division of the Third Department of the New York State Judiciary and has taught continuing legal education courses to legal advocates for children throughout the New York State Third Judicial Department.
Mr. Cohen has taught numerous continuing legal education courses to his peers on subjects related to divorce, family law, mediation, and the ethics of mediation. These courses have been sponsored by such organizations as the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, and the Albany County Bar Association. In addition, he has guest-lectured on the topic of mediation as a method of dispute resolution to numerous organizations and schools, including Albany Law School and the Association For Conflict Resolution National Conference, where he lectured on the topics related to commercial and business mediation. He is a regular guest lecturer at the Syracuse University School of Human Ecology regarding the Ethics and Standards of Practice for Mediators.
Mr. Cohen is also a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders, a humanitarian organization that promotes the peaceful resolution of conflict worldwide.