Steve Cohen, Partner at Pollock Cohen LLP
For 35 years before going to law school, Steve was a successful publishing executive – including at Time and Scholastic – and the CEO of three internet start-ups.
It is rightly said, one can achieve anything if he/she is a student for a lifetime. Curiosity and the ever-learning nature of human beings can open a world of myriad things for them. It shapes one’s overall personality. You do not necessarily have to continue with just one vocation after all. Our today’s guest, at The Brand Called You, proves how one can achieve anything at any age with the right attitude.
Steve Cohen added the feather of a lawyer at the age of 58, after achieving numerous other things in his life. Let’s listen to more about his eventful journey and work.
About Steve Cohen
Steve Cohen is the founding partner of a law firm, Pollock Cohen LLP, and specialise in whistle-blowers and class action lawsuits. Before becoming a lawyer at the age of 58, Steve has worked in advertising, winning two Clio awards and publishing. He has also produced Time magazine’s “Man of the Year” documentaries. Besides that, he has served in the navy, wrote seven books, and has launched several start-ups.
We dive deep into his ever-evolving personality and enriching life.
Steve discusses his inspiration to be a student of life. He recalls how his mother worked till the age of 92. He talks about the influence of different people who inspired him to follow the ever-evolving route in life.
He says: “For me, it’s always about what is the next adventure, what is the next opportunity, what is the next thing I have to learn about?”
Work as a Lawyer
Further, he speaks at length about the class action lawsuit his company is fighting against New York City that has refused to give its city employers pensions and health benefits.
A class-action lawsuit refers to a lawsuit by a large group of people with a similar legal problem.
Sharing a sense of justice and optimism, he has taken the lawsuit to ensure 2,50,000 city employees (police officers, firefighters, teachers, sanitation workers) are rightfully given their dues. He talks extensively about healthcare and other fundamental rights of the people.
He also shares about other interesting lawsuits and has succeeded in getting a ban on menthol cigarettes, their fight against the class pass for justice to small businesses.
More About Steve
Besides his work as a lawyer, Steve shares his thoughts on a sense of service to society. Having served in the navy, he believes in mandatory national service.
Currently working as a junior lawyer, he next plans on growing his role by bringing people to work together. He speaks a great deal about the jury system and how he believes in it.
Founding Partner, Pollock/Cohen LLP
For 35 years before going to law school, Steve was a successful publishing executive – including at Time and Scholastic – and the CEO of three internet start-ups. Today, he is a founding partner at Pollock Cohen LLP, a “hot” litigation boutique that focuses on whistleblower, class action, and public impact cases. He is also the author of seven books – including three best-sellers – and hundreds of op-ed articles.