McCarter & English Names Stephanie J. Cohen Diversity Partner

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Position Created to Strategically Enhance Firm’s Diversity Goals

Stephanie J. Cohen

“Stephanie has been an effective leader at the Firm in her role as a partner as well as through her position on the Women’s Initiative Steering Committee,” said incoming Firm-wide Managing Partner Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr.

Law firm McCarter & English LLP announced today that partner and former co-chair of the Firm’s Women’s Initiative Steering Committee, Stephanie J. Cohen, has been appointed to the newly created position of Firm-wide Diversity Partner, effective November 1, 2010.

Ms. Cohen is based in the Newark office, where she is a partner in the Business & Financial Services Litigation Group. She will maintain her legal practice. In her new role as Diversity Partner, she will coordinate the implementation of various initiatives designed to enhance the recruitment, development, and retention of women and attorneys from diverse backgrounds and liaison between McCarter’s Diversity Committee, Women’s Initiative, and Executive Committee to ensure the Firm is meeting its strategic goals.    

“Stephanie has been an effective leader at the Firm in her role as a partner as well as through her position on the Women’s Initiative Steering Committee,” said incoming Firm-wide Managing Partner Stephen M. Vajtay, Jr. “The insight she brings from these two positions, along with her naturally energetic personality and dedication to teamwork, will help our Firm strengthen its commitment to diversity in both the talent we attract and the clients we serve.”

“Diversity has always been a huge part of our culture,” said McCarter Chairman Michael P. Kelly. “The diversity of our attorneys, staff and clients enables us to better understand, value, and respect the multicultural differences that comprise today's business environment and reinforces the quality level of our services. This new role is a continued reflection of our dedication to an inclusive work environment and community.”

Ms. Cohen has been associated with McCarter for approximately fourteen years. She is an experienced trial attorney, representing Fortune 100 Companies as well as large financial institutions in state and federal courts and arbitration proceedings in New Jersey, New York, and other jurisdictions throughout the United States. Ms. Cohen concentrates her practice on complex commercial litigation involving sales practices, suitability, securities fraud, ERISA, and broker-dealer matters. In addition, she has extensive class action experience.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” Ms. Cohen said. “Diversity is a top priority of the Firm’s Strategic Plan, and I look forward to working with Moy Ogilvie (Chair of the Diversity Committee), Alitia Faccone (Chair of the Women’s Initiative Steering Committee) as well as all other members of these Committees and Firm management to ensure its success.”

Ms. Cohen has served on the Steering Committee for McCarter’s Women's Initiative since October 2008. She is co-editor of the Initiative's quarterly newsletter "Women in the kNOW," and oversees the Initiative's Leadership Academy, which provides business development and leadership training to women attorneys in the Firm. She is Chair of the New York Chapter Leadership Team of 85 Broads as well as Chair for the 2010 Annual Night of Giving in New Jersey for the National Association of Women Lawyers.

Admitted to the bars of New Jersey and New York, Ms. Cohen earned her J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Colorado College.

About McCarter & English
McCarter & English, LLP, established more than 160 years ago, represents Fortune 500 and middle-market companies in their national, regional and local litigation and on important transactions. Its 400 attorneys are based in offices in Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, Stamford and Wilmington. http://www.mccarter.com

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