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Mark Cohen


Bachelor of Arts (Economics), 1980, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington
Juris Doctor, 1983, University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado

  • Partner, Cohen Horner, LLP, 2005 – 2007;
  • Private Practice of Law, Denver/Boulder/Nederland, 1995-2005
  • Interim Municipal Judge, City of Boulder, 2001-2002;
  • Municipal Judge, Town of Lochbuie, 2004 – Present;
  • Member, Executive Board, Colorado Municipal League, 2000-2001;
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Town of Nederland, 1998-2002;
  • Municipal Prosecutor, City of Westminster, 1996-2003;
  • Partner, Cohen, Vacanti, Higgins & Shattuck, Omaha, 1990-1995;
  • Attorney, Dwyer, Pohren, Wood, Heavy & Grimm, Omaha, 1987-1990;
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, Nebraska, 1985-1987;
  • Captain, USAF/JAG Corps, 1983-1987; USAFR, 1987-1990;
  • Board of Directors, DART, Inc., 2001-Present.
  • Recipient, American Bar Association Outstanding Young Military Service Lawyer Award, 1986.
  • Community Service Champion Award (with other Board members), Town of Nederland, 2002.
  • Book Sense® Top Ten Mystery Selection Author.
  • 2nd Prize, 2004 National Legal Fiction Writing Competition for Lawyers.
  • Finalist, Colorado Book Award.
  • Two-Time Finalist, Nebraska Toastmasters State Speech Contest.
  • Air Force Squadron Officers School Award for Excellence in Writing; Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal.
  • Elected to membership, Mystery Writers of America.
  • Appointed to the Board of Editors of The Colorado Lawyer, 2009 --

Cause of Action to Establish Liability of Corporate Officer or Director for Corporation’s Wrongful Conduct, 36 COA2d 441; Entrapment by Estoppel, 53 POF3d 249; Grounds for Disregarding the Corporate Entity and Piercing the Corporate Veil, 45 PO3d1; Negligent Operation of Boxing Gym, Martial Arts School, or Similar Establishment, 43 POF 3d 195; Negligent Operation of Health Club or Similar Facility, 40 POF3d 111; Proof of Negligent Sale, Entrustment, or Storage of Firearm, 37 POF3d 1; Entitlement to a Stay or Default Judgment Under the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act, 35 POF3d 323; Entrapment by Estoppel, The Colorado Lawyer, Feb. 2002; Elements of an Effective Workplace Violence Program, The Colorado Lawyer, July 2004; Legal Self Defense For School Owners, Inside Kung-Fu, July 1997; Trial Preparation & Organization, 27 Air Force Law Review 29, 1987; The Fractal Murders, Mysterious Press, 2004 (a Book Sense ® Top Ten Mystery); Bluetick Revenge, Mysterious Press, 2005.

Lectures and Appearances
  • Workplace Violence: Law and Practical Prevention Strategies, September 2008, sponsored by the Boulder County Bar Association
  • An: Ounce of Prevention: How Home Inspectors can Minimize the Risk of Claims, Toronto, Canada, 2007 convention of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI)
  • An: Ounce of Prevention: How Home Inspectors can Minimize the Risk of Claims, Orlando, Florida, 2006 convention of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors
  • Legal Self Defense for Martial Arts Instructors, Estes Park, Colorado, 2006, Quadrennial Retreat of the Member Organizations Affiliated with Martial Arts Services, Inc.
  • Multiple appearances on MSNBC in 2004 and 2005 as a military law expert
  • Prosecuting in a High Volume Court, Colorado Municipal League, Fall 2002
  • The Soldiers' & Sailors' Civil Relief Act, 1991 Family Law Seminar of the Nebraska State Bar Association
  • Panelist, Forum On Gays In The Military, Creighton University, March, 1993
  • Faculty member, Collection Law, Lorman Business Seminars, November 1993 & 1994
  • Garnishment of Federal Employees And Military Members, International Credit Association of the Midlands, Dec. 1993
  • A Civilian Attorney's View Of The Military Justice System, University of Nebraska at Omaha, January 1994
Professional Licenses and Affiliations

Mr. Cohen is admitted to practice law in Colorado and Nebraska (inactive). He is admitted to the Federal District Courts in Nebraska and Colorado, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, the U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Cohen is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Agricultural Law Section, the Boulder County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Community Involvement

Mr. Cohen is a member of the Board of Directors of DART, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization that teaches violence prevention.  www.dartdefense.org.  He holds a black belt in Shudokan karate and is an instructor at the Flatirons Karate Club.

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