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Mark Cohen
Mr. Cohen has 36 years of experience as a lawyer.  Mr. Cohen grew up in Colorado and earned at B.A. in Economics at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.  He earned his law degree at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder in 1983.  He earned a Masters in  Law (LL.M.) degree in Agricultural and Food Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he also taught an advanced legl writing course.  His diverse legal career includes service as an Air Force Judge Advocate, service as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, private practice in Nebraska, seven years as a prosecutor, service on the Executive Board of the Colorado Municipal League, several years as a Municipal Judge for Boulder, nine years as Municipal Judge for Lochbuie, private practice in Colorado, and service on the Board of Editors of The Colorado Lawyer (Chairperson for 2012-2013).  He also serves as a Legal Advisor to TermScout, a Denver-based legal-tech company that helps people and businesses understand the contracts and privacy policies they agree to so they can make better decisions about what terms to accept. You can learn more about TermScout at

An accomplished writer, Mr. Cohen authored six articles for the Am.Jur. Proof of Facts series, including one on piercing the corporate veil.  Mr. Cohen's first mystery, The Fractal Murders, was published by Time/Warner and became a Book Sense® Top Ten Mystery selection.  His second mystery, Bluetick Revengewon praise from authors that included Kinky Friedman. He won second place in the 2004 SEAK National Legal Fiction Writing Competition.  One of his interests is the use of Plain English rather than legal jargon.  He studied logic and philosophy at the graduate level and is a member of the Institute for General Semantics. He writes a regular column for the Nederland Mountain-Ear.  The column is sometimes humor, sometimes politics, sometimes something else.  The publisher's only limitation is, "Just don't get us sued."  You can read some of his articles here: Mark's Blog.

Mr. Cohen's skill in translating documents from "Legalese" into plain English is well known, and other Colorado lawyers have hired him to review and edit briefs and other legal documents.  

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

Master of  Laws (LL.M.) (Agricultural and Food Law), 2014, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR

Graduate Work in Philosophy and Logic, 1992-1993, University of Nebraska
U.S. Air Force Squadron Officer School, 1985, Maxwell AFB, Alabama (Commandant's Award for Excellence in Writing)


  • Mark Cohen, J.D., LL.M. (2014-Present);
  • Instructor in Legal Writing, University of Arkansas School of Law (2013-2014);
  • Shareholder, The Cohen Law Group, PC, 2008 - 2013;
  • Partner, Cohen Horner, LLP, 2005 – 2007;
  • Private Practice of Law, Denver/Boulder/Nederland, 1995-2015;
  • Interim Municipal Judge, City of Boulder, 2001-2002;
  • Municipal Judge, Town of Lochbuie, 2004 – 2013;
  • 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.
  • Chosen to serve as Coordinating Editor of The Colorado Lawyer's Contract Law Column (2019)
  • Colorado Press Assocation, 2nd Place, Humorous Essay (2019)
  • 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 -- (Chair, 2012-2013).
  • Indemnification Provisions in Commercial Contracts, The Colorado Lawyer, January 2020.
  • When to Use Passive Voice, The Colorado Lawyer, June 2019.
  • The Common Law of the Gym, The Colorado Lawyer, April 2019.
  • Book Review - Seeing Through Legalese, The Docket (Magazine of the Denver Bar Association), December 2017
  • The Proper Use of Animal References in Law, The Colorado Lawyer, August-September 2017
  • To Be or Not To Be: The Benefits of Writing in E-Prime, The Colorado Lawyer, January 2017
  • Litigating Like the Viet Cong, The Docket (Magazine of the Denver Bar Association), November 2016
  • Book Review - Avoiding Bad Depositions by Janet S. Cole, The Colorado Lawyer, October 2016
  • Book Review - Writing for Dollars, Writing to Please: The Case for Plain Language in Business, Government and Law by Joseph Kimble, The Colorado Lawyer, November 2012.
  • How to Draft a Bad Contract, The Colorado Lawyer, August 2015.  Reprinted in Scribes Journal of Legal Writing 2016-2017.
  • Book Review - Federal Trade Commission Practice and Procedure Manual, The Colorado Lawyer, December 2015.
  • Plain English: The Basics, Newsletter of the Boulder County Bar Association, November 2012.
  • Book Review - Preparing Witnesses: A Practical Guide for Lawyers and Their Clients, (3rd Ed. ) by Daniel I. Small, The Colorado Lawyer, December 2009.
  • Chapter 20 (Workplace Violence chapter) of The Practitioner's Guide to Colorado Employment Law published by CLE in Colorado, Inc.
  • 17 Things to Consider Before Signing an Equipment Lease, Rocky Mountain Construction, January 2010.
  • 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 PO3d 1.
  • 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.
  • The Language of Criminal Justice: Clarifying the Clarification, ETC: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 53, No. 1, 47-51, Spring 1996.
  • Oasis In Nebraska: The Forest That Man Made, Camping & RV (cover story) March 1996
  • 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

  • Limitation of Liability in Commercial Contracts, Strafford Publications (Webinar), December 3, 2019
  • Contractual Pitfalls of Ancillary Documents, Attachments, and Exhibits,  Strafford Publications (Webinar), November 13, 2019
  • Issues in Mountain Real Estate Transactions, Presentation to the Colorado Bar Association, March 21, 2019
  • Risk Allocation in Commercial Contracts, Strafford Publications (Webinar), February 28, 2019
  • Plain English over Legalese in Business, Presentation to Denver Tech Center Kiwanis Club, February 26, 2019
  • Managing Change in Long-Term Commercial Agreements, Strafford Publications (Webinar), August 7, 2018
  • Contract Drafting Essentials: Structuring, Analyzing and Interpreting Business Agreements, Strafford Publications (Webinar), January 4, 2018 
  • To Be or Not To Be: Using E-Prime to Clarify Thinking, Strengthen Persuasiveness, Improve Your Writing, and Reduce Misunderstandings, Mesa CLE Webinar, June 2017
  • How to Draft a Bad Contract, Mesa CLE, Webinar, June 2017
  • How to Draft a Bad Contract, Mesa CLE, Webinar, December 2016.
  • How to Draft a Bad Contract, Presentation to the Colorado Bar Association, December 9, 2015.
  • Alter Ego Liability & Piercing the Corporate Veil, Faculty Member, Rossdale CLE, December 12, 2018.
  • Alter Ego Liability & Piercing the Corporate Veil, Faculty Member, Rossdale CLE, February 8, 2017
  • Alter Ego Liability & Piercing the Corporate Veil, Faculty Member, Rossdale CLE, September 28, 2016
  • A Brief History of Piercing the Corporate Veil, presentation to the Boulder County Bar Association (2012 and 2008)
  • Radio Interview, The Dave Logan Show, KOA Radio, Denver, January 2010, on Trying Terrorists in Civilian Courts and the Differences between the Civilian Justice System and the Military Justice System
  • 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 (Colorado Bar No. 13178). 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 (now the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims), and the United States Supreme Court.  He has been admitted to practice law pro hac vice in other federal and state courts.

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.  He completed DART's Lead Instructor course and teaches courses on violence prevention and personal safety. He holds a black belt in Shudokan karate.


Mr. Cohen served as a Judge Advocate (Captain) on active duty in the United States Air Force  from 1983 to 1987; he served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1987 to 1990.  His military awards included the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal.

Personal and Family

Mr. Cohen has three children.  He lives in in Boulder with his Anatolian Shepherd, Marmaduke.

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