Leon Sumner COHAN Edit Profile
Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University, 1949; Juris Doctor, Wayne State University, 1952.
Worked at Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C. (Detroit, Michigan) specializing in General Civil Practice. Corporation, Real Estate, Tax, Antitrust, Banking and Securities Law. Trials. Civil Litigation, Zoning and Health Care.
Admitted to the bar, 1953, Michigan and United States. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. 1962, United States. Supreme Court.
1976, United States. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. Tau Epsilon Rho. Legal Comm., Edison Electric Institute, 1973-1993. Author: "Constitutional Law," Wayne Law Review, 1971 Annual Survey of Michigan Law.
"Choking on Discovery: An Appeal for Reason," Detroit College of Law Review, 1983 open forum. Assistant Attorney General, Michigan, 1958-1961. Deputy Attorney General, Michigan, 1961-1973.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Detroit Edison, 1973-1993. Chairman, Michigan State Board of Ethics from 1983-1992. Member Race Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit, 1988.
Member: Detroit and American Bar Associations. State Bar of Michigan. Founded in 1968 by a group that had practiced together in one of the city's oldest firms, Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, P.L.L.C. has avoided unrestrained expansion in favor of maintaining a medium-sized business.
The firm enjoys a reputation for top-quality, imaginative work, and is often called upon for its ability to resolve extremely difficult and highly unusual problems. The firm's reputation and record of success are recognized by major law firms, who often turn to Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker when they themselves have significant legal problems.
Trustee Michigan Cancer Foundation. Board directors Orchestra Hall., Concerned Citizens for Arts in Michigan, University of Michigan Musical Society. Member arts commission Detroit Institute Arts.
Member Executive Board Friends Detroit Public Library. Member Race Rels. Council Metropolitan Detroit. President Arts Action Alilance.
With United States Army, 1952-1954. Member American Bar Association, Detroit Bar Association, State Bar Michigan (Champion of Justice award 1993), Michigan General Counsel Association, Detroit Club.
Married Heidi Ruth Seelmann, January 22, 1956. Children: Nicole, Timothy David, Jonathan Daniel.
1953Michigan and United States , Admitted to the bar