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Michael Cohen

Partner, Elite Defense Group

Principal, Cohen Law Offices, S.C.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Attorney Cohen has been successfully defending criminal cases throughout the State of Wisconsin for over three decades. He has litigated in all levels of courts in the State, from Circuit Court all the way to the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. He started his career with a passion to defend persons against the oppressive and heavy hand of the government and remains steadfast in that determination today.

When preparing for and presenting cases to juries, Attorney Cohen has the ability to zone in on key aspects of cases, set aside “noise”, and craft airtight cross examinations and laser-focused themes in a way that makes his trial presentations the envy of litigators across the country. Combined with the other personalities and trial areas of expertise and focus of the other members of Elite Defense Group, EDG brings to the courtroom a team of litigators that cannot be duplicated by any other attorney or firm in the country.

As a former long-distance runner, Attorney Cohen completed multiple full and half marathons and is a long-distance triathlete; he has achieved the rare honor of having completed both half and full Ironman races. Along with running, biking and swimming, Attorney Cohen spent a handful of years as a competitive ski-jumper, evidence of his uncanny ability to remain calm under the most intense pressures. The passion and competitiveness in athletics he maintained throughout his entire life is strikingly apparent in the courtroom, where he does not and cannot ever settle for anything less than the best preparation, best performance, and best result for his clients. 

Staying connected to his community is an important part of Attorney Cohen’s life – he has served on various local Boards – including AYSO (local youth soccer association), Boy Scouts (troop scoutmaster), Rotary (Past-President), Board of Sculpture Eau Claire (Member) and Chippewa River Industries (current Chairman of the Board). Professionally, he is actively involved with the Wisconsin criminal defense bar and is the current President of the Wisconsin Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, the preeminent association for criminal defense attorneys in the state. He is also a member of the National College of Drunk Driving Defense (and is on the Forensic Science Defense Committee) and is a founding member of the Driving Under the Influence Defense Lawyers Association (DUIDLA). He is regularly invited to teach at legal seminars and conferences for other attorneys – where he is known as an expert in serious crimes and felonies. 

Attorney Cohen has represented executives, professionals, law enforcement officers, other attorneys and even judges in criminal matters that they faced. His tenacity, experience and success rate makes him the attorney that other attorneys and members of the legal community think of first when they find themselves accused of a crime.

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