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Daniel A. Cohen

Partner

Atlantic Station
201 17th Street NW
Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30363
dan.cohen@nelsonmullins.com

Dan Cohen leads the Firm’s Higher Education practice group, drawing from decades of experience working with educational institutions and their athletics departments.

Mr. Cohen has counseled universities, colleges, medical institutions, and other educational institutions regarding Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters, athletics strategic planning, NCAA compliance, litigation, labor and employment, school and university...

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Dan Cohen leads the Firm’s Higher Education practice group, drawing from decades of experience working with educational institutions and their athletics departments.

Mr. Cohen has counseled universities, colleges, medical institutions, and other educational institutions regarding Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters, athletics strategic planning, NCAA compliance, litigation, labor and employment, school and university law, and sports law.

With more than 20 years’ experience in higher education athletics matters, Mr. Cohen's Title IX practice is extensive. He performs athletics audits and compliance reviews, develops strategic planning initiatives, and represents schools in NCAA investigations and appeals. In Title IX sexual misconduct matters, Mr. Cohen drafts policies and procedures, leads extensive sexual misconduct investigation and adjudication training, and conducts investigations. Mr. Cohen also litigates Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters on behalf of schools, including defending colleges under investigation by the federal Office for Civil Rights.

Interviewed as a "gender equity expert" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mr. Cohen has been appointed by two states to represent their public universities in Title IX matters. He represents universities in every Power Five conference as well as top public research institutions in ten states in Title IX matters.

Mr. Cohen is a frequent industry speaker, giving presentations to NACDA, NACUA, NACWAA, Win AD, and various collegiate athletic conferences. He has also conducted Title IX sexual misconduct training to two state college systems and multiple schools.

law, and sports law.

With more than 20 years’ experience in higher education athletics matters, Mr. Cohen's Title IX practice is extensive. He performs athletics audits and compliance reviews, develops strategic planning initiatives, and represents schools in NCAA investigations and appeals. In Title IX sexual misconduct matters, Mr. Cohen drafts policies and procedures, leads extensive sexual misconduct investigation and adjudication training, and conducts investigations. Mr. Cohen also litigates Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters on behalf of schools, including defending colleges under investigation by the federal Office for Civil Rights.

Interviewed as a "gender equity expert" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mr. Cohen has been appointed by two states to represent their public universities in Title IX matters. He represents universities in every Power Five conference as well as top public research institutions in ten states in Title IX matters.

Mr. Cohen is a frequent industry speaker, giving presentations to NACDA, NACUA, NACWAA, Win AD, and various collegiate athletic conferences. He has also conducted Title IX sexual misconduct training to two state college systems and multiple schools.

Dan Cohen leads the Firm’s Higher Education practice group, drawing from decades of experience working with educational institutions and their athletics departments.

Mr. Cohen has counseled universities, colleges, medical institutions, and other educational institutions regarding Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters, athletics strategic planning, NCAA compliance, litigation, labor and employment, school and university... law, and sports law.

With more than 20 years’ experience in higher education athletics matters, Mr. Cohen's Title IX practice is extensive. He performs athletics audits and compliance reviews, develops strategic planning initiatives, and represents schools in NCAA investigations and appeals. In Title IX sexual misconduct matters, Mr. Cohen drafts policies and procedures, leads extensive sexual misconduct investigation and adjudication training, and conducts investigations. Mr. Cohen also litigates Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters on behalf of schools, including defending colleges under investigation by the federal Office for Civil Rights.

Interviewed as a "gender equity expert" by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Mr. Cohen has been appointed by two states to represent their public universities in Title IX matters. He represents universities in every Power Five conference as well as top public research institutions in ten states in Title IX matters.

Mr. Cohen is a frequent industry speaker, giving presentations to NACDA, NACUA, NACWAA, Win AD, and various collegiate athletic conferences. He has also conducted Title IX sexual misconduct training to two state college systems and multiple schools.

Experience

Following is a selected sampling of matters and is provided for informational purposes only. Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future matter.

  • Represented dozens of schools regarding Title IX compliance issues, including universities being investigated by the federal Office for Civil Rights for alleged gender discrimination related to athletics and sexual misconduct matters
  • Conducted and supervised Title IX audits and compliance reviews
  • Developed risk management and litigation avoidance strategies to deepen the legal aspects of schools’ strategic planning initiatives
  • Conducted extensive Title IX sexual misconduct training, counseled schools on individual cases and investigations, and assisted with drafting Title IX policies and procedures
  • Led due diligence reviews and constructed Title IX compliance strategies regarding NCAA governance issues and changing conference affiliations and offered 
  • Successfully defended and advised schools on NCAA compliance matters

Business Litigation

  • First and second chair in contractual disputes, intellectual property, professional malpractice, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, debtor/creditor law, and products liability lawsuits
  • Defense and prosecution in various employment and discrimination lawsuits, including prosecution of a gender discrimination case in federal court that resulted in a damages award following a bench trial
  • Defense and prosecution of accounting and auditing malpractice lawsuits, including a prosecution that resulted in a jury verdict for the client following a three-week trial

Education

  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, JD (2000)
  • Duke University, BA, magna cum laude (1997)

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

Practice Areas

Industries

  • Special Assistant Attorney General in two states
  • Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
    • Civil Rights and Diversity Committee (2018–2019)
    • Co-chair, Professional Development Committee (2017)
    • Committee on Legal Education (2016–2017)
  • Member, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
  • Member, National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC)
  • Member, Women Leaders in College Sports
  • Board of Advisors, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
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