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Sheldon I. Cohen graduated from Rutgers University in 1959: with a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering, and a B.A. in Humanities (with honors); and from Georgetown University School of Law in 1964 with an L.L.B.

He was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1964, District of Columbia -1964; Supreme Court of the United States - 1967; the D.C. Circuit, 4th Circuit, and the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and the U.S. Claims Court.

Mr. Cohen worked as an Associate from 1964-1970, with the firm of Chapman, DiSalle & Friedman, Washington, D.C. with emphasis on employment law in courts and before the U.S. Civil Service Commission.

Mr. Cohen started his own practice in 1970. Sheldon I. Cohen & Assoc., has handled government and private employment discrimination and national security cases since then. His primary practice in the last 18 years has been employment law with major emphasis on national security law and government employment law, representing various individuals, unions and employers, and appearing before the MSPB, FLRA, EEOC, DoD Office of Hearings and Appeals, state courts, Federal District Courts, Federal Courts of Appeal and intelligence community agencies. He won the first handicap discrimination case against the Federal government (Sheposka v. United States, 563 F.2d 1113 (Ct.Cl. 1977)). He also won the first government contractor security case under APA and Due Process Clause (Kartseva v. Dept. of State, 37 F.3d 1524 (D.C. Cir. 1994)). He obtained a reversal of the Office of Personnel Managements denial of retirement annuities for senate employees. (Conner v. OPM, 104 F.3d 1344 (Fed. Cir. 1997)). Mr. Cohen has won numerous cases before the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals. They can be found on DOHA’S web site by searching under his name.

Mr. Cohen has remained active in the bar in the following positions: Chair, American Bar Association Committee on National Security Interests, 1990-1994; Chair, ABA Government Personnel Committee, 1985-1989; Chair, Civil Service Law Committee, Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1983-1985; Vice Chair, ABA Committee on Contracting with National Security Requirements, Member Vice Chair, Legal Ethics and Grievance Committee, Bar Association of District of Columbia, 1965-1969; and Member and Master, American Inns of Court, 1989-1993.
Mr. Cohen has authored numerous publications, some of which can be viewed on this web site. link here