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Fighting to win a criminal case may well be the most consequential experience of a person’s life. It takes time, commitment, and complete dedication towards an ultimate goal. If you are visiting this website then the chances are that you, or someone you love, has this fight ahead of them.

In finding the right attorney, you have a critical decision to make – how much do you truly care about the impact and effects of a criminal conviction on your life, on your career, and on your future. While there are scores of competent attorneys who can get you sentenced quickly, efficiently, and cheaply, we are not one of them.

Clients hire us when their case, and their future, truly matter. And though we will cost more than many firms that you meet with, there is a reason for that – we treat every case, regardless of subject matter, as if it is the most important matter in our clients’ lives because, in fact, it is.

If your case means everything to you; if you are determined to try to find a solution; and if the outcome truly matters, then we ask you to consider us amongst the few elite defense attorneys you have to choose from.

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Meet Philip Cohen

Born and raised in New York, Cohen graduated with honors from Fordham University in 1988, before obtaining his juris doctorate from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 1991. Unlike many criminal attorneys who began their careers by chalking up conviction after conviction of would-be future clients as state or federal prosecutors, Cohen had neither the stomach nor the mindset for such work. Instead, Cohen followed his heart and his passion for the defense of the seemingly defenseless, and set out to learn his trade as a young associate for a national criminal defense practice.

Within a few years, his passion, dedication and love for the art of cross-examination began to separate Cohen’s level of advocacy and representation from many of those around him and he quickly acquired a loyal following among clients that has continued throughout his career.

After building a thriving solo practice, he co-founded the boutique litigation firm of Murphy Rosen & Cohen LLP in 2003, where he headed up the firm’s criminal practice, and continued to expand his presence as a select criminal trial attorney.

During this time, Cohen also began to utilize his advocacy skills in the realm of civil trial work, the result of which has been an uninterrupted string of civil trial victories representing plaintiffs in cases that have included police misconduct, personal injury and business disputes. In 2008, Cohen was invited to become an equity partner in the Los Angeles office of Venable LLP., a DC-based, 600-attorney international law firm, where he co-chaired the firm’s West Coast white collar/criminal defense practice.

Despite his appreciation for the national presence and support that a large firm provided, Cohen longed for the personal interaction and clientele autonomy that he had enjoyed throughout his career, and so, in 2010, Cohen re-established his solo practice with the advent of Philip Kent Cohen, APC., while continuing to maintain the highest level of attention, loyalty, and representation that his clients had come to depend upon.

Appreciated by clients and colleagues alike for his level of trial work, Cohen has been recognized annually since 2008 as a Southern California Super Lawyer; has been honored by the National Trial Lawyers Associated as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys nationwide; and has been named Top 35 “Legal Troubleshooter” by the Hollywood Reporter.

practice areas

Drug Crimes

Drug crimes vary in severity from misdemeanor possession of marijuana to felony trafficking and conspiracy at both the state and federal level.


White collar crimes, such as theft, fraud, and embezzlement, carry serious consequences that often include significant jail time.


Violent crimes range in severity from simple assault to more serious crimes such as domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, robbery, and homicide.


Even misdemeanors such as jaywalking, public intoxication, and habitual traffic offenses can have serious consequences on a person’s life, young or old.


Mr. Cohen brings his trial skills to a select number of civil litigation matters, including claims of police abuse and civil rights violations.

Restraining Orders

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