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Edwin Samuel Cohen, American lawyer, educator. Bar: Virginia 1935, New York 1937, District of Columbia 1973. Recipient Alexander Hamilton award Treasury Department.


Cohen, Edwin Samuel was born on September 27, 1914 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of LeRoy S. and Miriam (Rosenheim) Cohen.


Bachelor of Arts, University Richmond, 1933; Juris Doctor, University of Virginia, 1936.


Associate firm, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York City, 1936-1949; partner, Root, Barrett, Cohen, Knapp & Smith (and predecessor firm), New York City, 1949-1965; counsel, Root, Barrett, Cohen, Knapp & Smith, 1965-1969; professor of law, University Virginia, Charlottesville, 1965-1968; Joseph M. Hartfield professor, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1968-1969, 73-85; professor emeritus, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, since 1985; Professorial Lecturer in Law, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, since 1994; assistant secretary treasury for tax policy, 1969-1972; under secretary treasury, 1972-1973; of counsel, Covington & Burling, Washington, 1973-1977; partner, Covington & Burling, Washington, 1977-1986; senior counsel, Covington & Burling, Washington, since 1986. Visiting professor Benjamin N. Cardozo School Law, Yeshiva U., 1987-1992, U. Miami Law School, 1993, 95, 99, chairman graduate program in taxation and estate planning, 1995-1998. Member, counsel advisory group on corporation taxes ways and means committee United States House of Representatives, 1956-1958.

Special consultant on corporations federal income tax project American Law Institute, 1949-1954. Member of advisory group Federal Estate andGift Tax Project, 1964-1968. Member Virginia Income Tax Conformity Study Commission, 1970-1971.

Consultant Virginia Income Tax Conformity Study Commission, 1966-1968. Member of advisory group to commissioner Internal Revenue Service, 1967-1968.


  • Bar: Virginia 1935, New York 1937, District of Columbia 1973.


  • Other Work

    • Author: A Lawyer's Life Deep in the Heart of Taxes, 1994.


Member American Judicature Society, American Bar Association (chairman committee on corporate stockholder relationships 1956-1958, member council 1958-1961, chairman special committee on substantive tax reform 1962-1963, chairman special committee on formation tax policy 1977-1980, Distinguished Service award taxation section 1997), Virginia Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, Virginia Tax Conference (planning committee 1965-1968, 85-95, trustee emeritus 1995-2006), Chamber of Commerce of the United States (board directors, chairman taxation committee 1979-1984), Association Bar City New York, New York County Lawyers Association, American Law Institute, American College Tax Counsel, Order Coif, Raven Society, Colonnade Club, Boar's Head Club, Farmington Club, City Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Pi Delta Epsilon, Phi Epsilon Pi (National Achievement award - A Living Legend).


Son of and Miriam (Rosenheim) C. Married Carlyn Labenberg, June 27, 1936 (deceased 1942). Married Helen Herz, August 31, 1944.

Children: Edwin C., Roger, Wendy.

LeRoy S. Cohen

Miriam (Rosenheim) Cohen

Carlyn Labenberg

Helen Herz

Roger Cohen

Edwin C. Cohen

Wendy Cohen