Harvey J. Cohen’s Takeaways from IBA’s Annual Meeting

December 8, 2014Quotes & Mentions
Harvey Cohen, a Partner at Dinsmore & Shohl, recently spoke on two important panels at the International Bar Association’s (IBA) Annual Meeting in Tokyo, Japan. A business attorney for over 27 years, Cohen serves as Chair of the International Business Practice Group.

The IBA, the Global Voice of the Legal Profession, has 50,000 members and holds an annual conference attended by global lawyers. The first panel session that Cohen took part in drew a large audience and dealt with ethical duties and rules when representing multiple clients on one matter over time. The recently-retired Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and attorneys from 11 countries, including Argentina, Brazil, Spain and Japan, led the highly interactive session. The session highlighted the importance that all parties involved must clearly know who represents them as counsel. Any lawyer representing more than one of the parties must follow several best practices to act ethically and in the interests of the multiple clients.

Cohen also served on a panel that focused on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) and the recently approved IBA Guidelines for CLE. While Cohen compared CLE requirements in Ohio, California and New York, others discussed CLE in Australia, various European Union countries, East Central Europe, Asia and Latin America. This session was attended primarily by National Bar Association Executives and Presidents from around the world. The panelists and attendees agreed that formal enforced CLE requirements soon will come to many countries for the first time. The governing CLE bodies will have to be equipped to administer CLE rules for the benefit of the member lawyers and their clients.

“Exchanging practical experiences and best practices with top practitioners from around the world keeps all of us on the leading edge,” noted Cohen. “It is a great benefit to our cross-border practice.”

Cohen serves as Vice Chair of the IBA’s Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee and is also a member of the IBA’s Bar Issues Commission and the IBA Council, which serves as the member governing body of the IBA. The IBA is the world’s leading organization of international legal practitioners, counting more than 50,000 attorneys and 200 bar associations among its members.

At Dinsmore, Cohen practices corporate law encompassing nearly every facet of domestic and international business. He routinely represents outbound U.S. businesses and inbound non-U.S.-owned entities. He chairs the firm’s International Business Practice Group and is the Co-Chair Emeritus of ALFA® International’s International Law Practice Group

Cohen has been selected by regional lawyers as the International Trade and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year” for The Best Lawyers in America: 2014 edition. These peers also elected him to Best Lawyers for Corporate Law, Information Technology Law and International Trade and Finance Law. Cohen has received the highest possible peer rating for legal ability and ethics, AV preeminent, in Martindale-Hubbell for the last 16 consecutive years since he has been eligible and is recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts by The Legal 500 United States. He also has been selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List multiple times.