Stuart M. Cohen  
Attorney at Law 
Providing appellate litigation support services 

10 Oak Lane
P O Box 598
Rensselaer, NY  12144-0598
Phone (518) 436-0625
Fax (518) 650-3372
 (service by fax not accepted)

About me

I returned to private practice after over twenty-five years with the New York Court of Appeals, the State's highest appellate court. I served as law clerk to two Judges of the Court, and most recently served as Clerk of the Court, its chief non-judicial officer.

I earned my B.A. in History from Connecticut College in 1976 and my J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1979. I was admitted to the New York Bar in 1980.  I also am admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

My legal career began as an appellate law research assistant for the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Department, in Brooklyn, NY (1980-1982). I then was appointed law clerk to the late Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York Court of Appeals, whom I served from 1982 to 1983.

After my clerkship with Judge Fuchsberg, I practiced law in Brooklyn, concentrating on appellate matters and litigated motions in the lower courts, and I was at the same time an adjunct instructor at Touro College School of Law (1983-1984).

In 1985, I returned to the Court of Appeals to serve as a law clerk to former Chief Judge Sol Wachtler from 1985 to 1987. I was appointed Deputy Clerk of the Court in 1987 and Clerk of the Court in 1996. I left my last position with the Court in November 2010 to return to private practice.

During my previous practice, I argued appeals in the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division, and made personal appearances in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and in Supreme Court, New York County.  Since leaving the Court of Appeals in 2010, I have argued there and in the Appellate Division, and I have provided advice on many other appeals in the Court of Appeals and the Appellate Division.

I am an appointed member of the Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction of the New York State Bar Association.  The Court of Appeals has appointed me a Trustee of the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, and the Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department has appointed me to its Committee on Character and Fitness.  I have been a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs, and I have published various articles and contributed to various legal treatises.