Michael M. Cohen

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Michael M. Cohen

Partner

mcohen@cohenschneider.com  |  718-279-4700

Practice Areas: Real Estate, Wills, Trusts & Estates, Matrimonial & Family Court

Office: 214-11 Northern Blvd., Bayside, New York 11361

Michael M. Cohen has been practicing law in New York for over thirty-five years representing clients in their personal and business transactions and advocating on their behalf before courts throughout the state. His practice focuses on the representation of clients in connection with the purchase and sale of residential and commercial real estate, the creation of wills and trusts, the probate and administration of decedents’ estates, matrimonial and family court matters and commercial litigation.

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Mr. Cohen speaks frequently regarding issues of family and matrimonial law and was recently awarded the New York State Bar Association Presidents Pro Bono Service Award in recognition of extraordinary pro bono service work.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court

Education:

  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School 1973
  • B.A., State University of New York at Albany 1969

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Queens County Bar Association
  • Queens County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Attorney
  • Hollis Hills Civic Association Member and Former Member of the Board of Directors

Activities and Special Recognition:

  • Recipient of New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award in Recognition of Extraordinary Pro Bono Service Work.
  • Frequent Lecturer at Family Law, Matrimonial Law and related subjects for members and clients of the organization FOCUS, Inc. (For Our Children And Us) , an agency providing counseling and related services and education to persons regarding Family Court and the Matrimonial division of the Supreme Court
  • Recipient of Certificate of Recognition from the City of New York, Mayor Rudolph W. Guliani, for community services and outreach to people in need
  • Recipient of Certificate of Appreciation from the Police Academy of the Police Department of the City of New York for participation as a distinguished lecturer in Recruit Training Program
  • Recipient of Citation from the Office of the President of the Borough of Manhattan in Recognition of Exemplary Volunteer Services
  • Recipient of New York State Bar Association Recognition as Empire State Counsel Recipient of Floyd Allen Sheeger Pro Bono Service Award in Family Law; Queens County Volunteer Lawyers Project
Cliff S. Schneider

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Cliff S. Schneider

Managing Partner

cschneider@cohenschneider.com  |  212-365-8600

Practice Areas: Startup Law, Business & CorporateReal EstateEducation, Internet, e-Commerce & Social Media Law

Office: 275 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor New York, NY 10016

As a transactional lawyer serving a wide range of clients, Cliff takes a cross-disciplinary approach to his practice by focusing on a variety of areas of law including general corporate law, corporate governance, governmental and regulatory affairs, real estate and the constantly-evolving internet, e-commerce and social media legal landscape.

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Cliff advises entrepreneurs from entity formation through exit, represents small and mid-sized businesses as their outside general counsel, provides legal counsel to businesses and real estate investors on their acquisition and disposition of real estate and represents charter schools, educational service providers and education/community-focused not-for-profit organizations throughout their lifecycle.

Education:

  • J.D., Yeshiva University, Cardozo School of Law 2003
  • B.A., University of Florida 2000

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • New Jersey 

Career Highlights:

  • Senior Counsel for largest educational management organization with focus on management of real estate portfolio, major service contracts, corporate governance, intellectual property and U.K.-based operations;
  • General Counsel to emerging, established and high-growth e-commerce and internet-based businesses;
  • General Counsel to independent charter schools, charter school networks and educational support organizations;
  • Frequent speaker at education law and charter school conferences in New York, New Jersey and throughout the United States

Practice Focus:

  • Representing entrepreneurs from start-up stage (selection and structure of entity, foundational documents, etc) through exit;
  • Providing General Counsel services to small and mid-sized  businesses on day-to-day legal matters and strategic opportunities across a variety of industries including brick and mortar retail, e-commerce, internet-based advertising, social media, professional services, hospitality and event marketing organizations, restaurants and real estate professionals;
  • Counseling individuals, businesses and other organizations on e-commerce, social media and internet law issues;
  • Representing commercial tenants (office space, retail, warehouse, multi-use) and investors in commercial real estate;
  • Representing charter schools, charter school organizations and educational service providers in the areas of entity formation/charter applications, general corporate law and governance, obtaining tax-exempt status, appearance before regulatory authorities and employment law considerations;
  • Representing charter schools and charter school organizations in connection with the leasing, financing, development and acquisition of school facilities.

Professional Associations & Memberships:

  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association

Activities & Special Recognition:

  • Founding Board Member of La Cima Charter School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Member of the Supreme Council (Board of Director), Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity
Lisa J. Holtzmuller

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Counsel

lholtzmuller@cohenschneider.com | 212-365-8600

Practice Areas: Startup Law, Business & Corporate, Real Estate & Education

Office: 275 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor New York, NY 10016

Lisa J. Holtzmuller regularly represents charter schools, educational management and charter management organizations, education advocacy organizations and other education support organizations on a wide variety of corporate, real estate and education matters.  She also advises clients on issues in connection with formation, general contract matters, corporate governance, employment matters, applications for tax-exempt status and ongoing tax-exempt status reporting requirements. In addition to Lisa’s work in the education field, she also represents small and medium size businesses in corporate, financing and real estate transactions.

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Bar Admissions:

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New York

Education:

  • J.D., Boston College Law School, 2007
  • Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, Editorial Staff
  • Susan Grant Desmarais Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Programs
  • B.A., Fairfield University, magna cum laude, 2004

Practice Focus:

  • Advising charter schools, charter management organization and other education-related institutions on issues in connection with formation and organization, general contract matters, authorizer compliance matters, application for tax-exempt status and ongoing tax-exempt requirements.
  • Representing charter schools, charter school management organizations and other education institutions in connection with the leasing, financing, development and acquisition of school facilities.
  • Assisting charter schools in connection with securing construction loans, term loans, credit lines and grants from financial institutions, other non-profit organizations and government agencies.
  • Conducting governance trainings for charter school boards and charter management organization boards.
  • Drafting and negotiating co-location, shared-use and property management agreements for educational institutions.
  • Drafting and reviewing employee handbooks, offer letters, confidentiality agreements and other employment-related agreements and policies.
  • Developing student handbooks and student discipline policies and advising on student discipline matters.
  • Drafting proposed legislation for educational advocacy organizations and charter schools.
  • Assisting charter management organizations and charter schools in responding to Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Counseling small and medium size businesses in connection with formation, leasing, general contract matters, employment matters and other financing and corporate transactions.
  • Drafting and negotiating employment agreements, consulting agreements, non-competition agreements and equity compensation plans.
  • Drafting shareholder agreements, limited liability company agreements, board committee charters, written consents and resolutions for companies in connection with formation, financing transactions and other corporate matters.

Professional Organizations:

American Bar Association (Former Staff Editor For The Young Lawyer Publication and Former Vice Chair of the Young Lawyers Business Section)

Connecticut Bar Association

Susan R. Briggs

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Of Counsel

sbriggs@cohenschneider.com | 212-365-8600

Practice Areas: Education & Litigation

Office: 275 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10016

Susan is an education attorney with a practice focus on public charter schools. Susan represents and advises clients on all aspects of their operations, including applications, renewals, compliance, governance, employment, facilities appeals, commercial leases, discipline and special education. Prior to joining Cohen Schneider & O’Neill, Susan served as Legal Counsel at the New York City Charter School Center, where she provided legal support to the Charter Center and guidance to New York City charter schools. Susan has a background in corporate law and practiced as a civil litigator for many years, gaining wide ranging litigation experience in Connecticut State and Federal Courts, including appellate and complex litigation matters. Susan is a certified mediator and has completed the State of Connecticut’s Guardian ad Litem / Attorney for the Minor Child comprehensive training.

Susan volunteers her time to community, non-profit organizations with a recent emphasis on service to at-risk children and youth. Previously she served for many years as a Member of the Board of Directors of Weston Public Library in Weston, Connecticut.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court; Connecticut
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Education/Certification:

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law, Paul J. Liacos Scholar
  • B.A., Yale University, cum laude
  • 40-Hour Mediation Certificate: Quinnipiac University School of Law, Center on Dispute Resolution, Hamden, CT – Fall 2010.
  • Guardian Ad Litem/Attorney for the Minor Child Comprehensive Training, co-sponsored by the Connecticut Judicial Branch, Connecticut Office of the Chief Public Defender, Children’s Law Center, and Quinnipiac University School of Law: 30-Hour Certificate of Completion, December 2012.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • New York City Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

 Activities and Special Recognition:

  • Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP), Bridgeport, Connecticut
    • Member, Board of Directors (2014 – Present)
    • Member, Juvenile Review Board (2013 – Present)
  • Great Oaks Charter School – Bridgeport
    • Member, Board of Directors (2015 – Present)
Nisha N. Ragha

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Nisha N. Ragha

Associate

nragha@cohenschneider.com | 212-896-1224

Practice Areas: Education & Litigation

Office: 275 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10016

Nisha N. Ragha is a transactional attorney who represents clients in connection with a wide range of corporate transactions, as well as issues relating to entity formation, general contract matters, corporate governance, employment matters, applications for tax-exempt status, tax-exempt status reporting requirements.

Bar Admissions:

  • New Jersey
  • New York (Pending)

Education/Certification:

  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2015
  • Notes Editor, Cardozo Public Law Policy & Ethics Journal
  • Deans Merit Scholarship
  • Intensive Transactional Lawyering Program (ITRANS)
  • B.A., Rutgers University, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • South Asian Bar Association of New York

Publications:

  • Note: The Fall of Net Neutrality: The End Of An Era And A Call For Reform, 13 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol’y & Ethics J. 559 (2015)