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Rick Cohen

Rick Cohen

Partner Emeritus


  • Investment Fund/Investment Management
  • Corporate Law

WSG Practice Industries


California, U.S.A.


Preceding his retirement in 2020, Rick Cohen was a Shareholder in Buchalter’s Los Angeles office. Mr. Cohen focused his practice on a wide range of corporate, partnership, and general securities matters, with particular emphasis on securities issues that address problems and challenges facing investment advisors.

Mr. Cohen served as Special Counsel to California State Controller Kenneth Cory and as the Chief Executive Officer of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, which was then the eighth largest pension fund in the United States, with assets in excess of $12 billion.

In 2017, Mr. Cohen was named the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Cohen, who is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been selected as one of Southern California’s Super Lawyers seven times from 2005 to 2011 and was also selected as a Southern California Super Lawyer, Corporate Counsel Edition in 2009.

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Pomona College
  • UCLA School of Law
Areas of Practice

Corporate Law | Fund Formation/Investment Management | Investment Fund/Investment Management


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