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Ed Cohen

Partner

St. Louis
314 552 6019 direct

Ed has substantial experience in a wide range of complex lawsuits, most of which involve multi-party environmental litigation.

His litigation work is national in scope and has primarily involved significant groundwater and air issues. Ed practices out of the firm's Chicago and St. Louis offices and has been listed in Chambers USA, The Best Lawyers in America® (including 2017 "Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Law" for St. Louis and 2015 "Lawyer of the Year for Litigation-Environmental" for St. Louis) and Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers "Top 50 Lawyers in St. Louis." Ed is co-chair of the firm's environmental practice group.

In addition to his several decades of experience guiding clients through a wide variety of complex environmental lawsuits, Ed has also handled a number of enforcement actions and substantial citizen suits. He has been involved in insurance coverage disputes involving environmental claims. Ed has also handled more than 50 indoor air quality matters, most focusing on toxic mold issues. He has served as lead counsel on Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, CERCLA, FIFRA and RCRA cases.

Ed has served as lead counsel on a number of lawsuits involving underground storage tanks. He has litigated matters involving the Missouri Air Conservation Commission, the Clean Water Commission, the Hazardous Waste Commission and the Illinois Pollution Control Board. His groundwater cases have run the gamut from chlorinated solvents to MTBE to nitrogen issues. He has also handled a number of toxic tort suits. Ed has also first and second chaired a wide range of cases involving contract disputes and ones with significant actual and punitive damages claims based on business and traditional tort allegations, in addition to a white collar criminal practice.

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Publications

Author, "REACH - Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals: An Overview of the EU's New Directive";
Thompson Coburn LLP, 2007

Co-Author, “New EU Regulations Cover Wide Range of Electrical Products”;
Midwest In-House, July 2006

Co-Author, “The Supreme Court Severely Limits Cost Recovery Options for Environmental Cleanups”;
Midwest In-House, January 2005

“Litigation Involving Mold Problems is on the Rise”;
Thompson Coburn LLP Envirobrief, 2002

“Mold: Common Questions and Answers”;
American Bar Association Section of Real Property Probate & Trust Law, “E Dirt” Electronic Newsletter, December 2002

Co-Author, “Challenging Agency Enforcement Actions: New Developments and Some Not-So-Common Approaches”;
The St. Louis Bar Journal, Summer 1998

Presentations

"Vapor Intrusion: Federal Illinois and Missouri Issues";
The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois and Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials Managers, St. Louis, MO, September 10, 2015

"Environmental Litigation and Compliance: Things to Remember to Avoid Environmental Disputes";
Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago, Chicago, IL, February 20, 2014

"Brownfields: How to Get Off on the Right Foot";
Illinois Tax Increment Association Fall Conference, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2012

"Environmental Litigation and Compliance";
Miscellaneous Locations, Tokyo, Japan, October 2012

"REACH"-- Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals: Annual Update on the EU's "New" Directive;
The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, Chicago, IL, February 20, 2014

"Nuisance Suits in the Environmental Context: Are They Just A 'Nuisance' or Something More Substantial?";
2011 Missouri Environmental Conference at the Lake, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, July 28, 2011

"Enforcement and Citizen Suits";
The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, January 27, 2011

"Managing Legal and Communication Issues in Environmental Emergencies";
2009 Missouri Environmental Conference at The Lake, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Osage Beach, MO, July 31, 2009

"Expert Witness Admissibility";
2009 National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators Regional Seminar, April 14, 2009

"Hot Legal Topics";
2008 Missouri Environmental Conference at The Lake, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Osage Beach, MO, July 31, 2008

"REACH"-- Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of Chemicals: An Overview of the EU's New Directive;
The Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, Chicago, IL, April 9, 2008

"Environmental Law Update";
2006 Missouri Environmental Conference at The Lake, Missouri Chamber of Commerce, Osage Beach, MO, July 27, 2006

"Environmental Caselaw Update";
Missouri Bar Association, Jefferson City, MO, November 18, 2005

"Mold Litigation: Who is being sued, Why and What can you do about it?";
St. Louis, MO, January 9, 2004; March 19, 2004