Dennis L. Cohen heads the firm's tax practice and has an extensive tax law background, which includes the full range of Federal, state and local income tax matters, with particular emphasis on the tax-wise structuring of commercial transactions, planning to minimize the tax burdens of businesses and individuals, and handling tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service and other taxing authorities.
Dennis has experience in such diverse areas as real estate acquisition, development, ownership and disposition, including tax-free, like-kind exchanges; employee benefits matters, including the negotiation and preparation of employment and severance agreements and equity-based incentive arrangements such as stock option, restricted stock and stock appreciation rights plans; corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions and liquidations; planning for start-up, small and medium-sized businesses; tax issues facing public charities and other tax-exempt organizations, and municipal finance matters. He is a member of the tax sections of the American and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. In 2003 and 2005, Dennis was elected to the council of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s tax section for two year-long terms.
In addition to the foregoing, Dennis frequently lectures and writes on various topics of federal income tax law and developments, has authored articles and has been quoted in numerous publications, including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, SBN Magazine, Entrepreneur Magazine, thestreet.com, MPower Magazine and The Legal Intelligencer, and has appeared as a commentator regarding tax issues on local television and radio news shows, including National Public Radio and Comcast Newsmakers. During 2003 and 2005, Dennis was the course planner and a speaker at the PBI Seminar "Tax Consequences in Divorce: Avoiding the Pitfalls." He served as an adjunct professor of taxation in the Graduate School of Philadelphia University from 1993-2000.
Dennis attended the University of Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor of Arts in 1969, and received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1972.