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David Cohen

David R. Cohen Special Master

Cohen has been working for almost 20 years as a Federal Special Master. He has extensive experience in MDL, mass tort, and class action cases. Before becoming a Special Master, he worked as an Associate Attorney for Porter, Wright, Morris, & Arthur for two years and then Senior Judicial Clerk for Hon. Ann Aldrich (’91–’92), Hon. Solomon Oliver, Jr. (’96-’97), and Hon. Kathleen McDonald O’Mally (’94-96 and ’97-’04).


  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law
    • Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude, 1991
    • Law Review Notes Editor
    • Honors, Order of the Coif
    • Class Rank – top 3%
    • American Jurisprudence Award (three times)
  • University of Michigan Honors College
    • Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, 1981
    • Double Major in Economics and Psychology
    • Class Honors – three years

Notable Cases

  • In re National Prescription Opiate Litig., MDL no. 2804 (National Health Crisis)
  • In re Aqueous Film-Forming Foams Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL No. 2873 (Mass Tort)
  • In re Polyurethane Foam Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2196 (Antitrust)
  • In re Oral Sodium Phosphate Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 2066 (Mass Tort)
  • In re Whirlpool Corp. Front-Loading Washer Prod. Liab. Litig., MDL no. 2001 (Consumer Class Action)
  • Murphy v. Gospel for Asia, Inc., no. 17-CV-1535 (W.D. Ark.) (Forensic Accounting Class Action)
  • Sibley v. Sprint Nextel Corp., no. 08-CV-2063 (D. Kan.) (National Employment Class Action)
  • Harlow v. Sprint Nextel Corp., no. 08-CV-2222 (D. Kan.) (National Employment Class Action)
  • In re Sears Front-Load Washer Prod. Liab. Litig., no. 06-CV-7023 (N.D. Ill.) (National Consumer Class Action)
  • Massachusetts v. E*Trade Access, Inc., no. 03-CV-11206 (D. Mass) (ADA Class Action)
  • Howe v. City of Akron, no. 06-cv-02779 (N.D. Ohio) (1983 Discrimination Class Action)
  • Bland v. PNC Bank, N.A., no. 15-CV-1042 (W.D. Pa.) (FLSA Class Action)
  • Reinig v. RBS Citizens, N.A., no. 15-CV-1541 (W.D. Pa.) (FLSA Class Action)
  • Stewart v. Anchor Drilling Fluids, USA, Inc., no. 16-CV-1372 (W.D. Pa.) (FLSA Class Action)