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Lawyer , Electric company executive

Leon Sumner Cohan, American Lawyer, retired electric company executive. Bar: Michigan 1953.


Cohan, Leon Sumner was born on June 24, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Maurice and Lillian (Rosenfeld) Cohan.


Bachelor of Arts, Wayne State University, 1949; Juris Doctor, Wayne State University, 1952.


Private practice, Detroit, 1954-1958; assistant attorney general, State of Michigan, Lansing, 1958-1961; deputy attorney general, State of Michigan, Lansing, 1961-1972; vice president legal affairs, Detroit Edison Company, 1973-1975; vice president, Detroit Edison Company, 1975-1979; senior vice president, general counsel, Detroit Edison Company, 1979-1993; counsel, Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, Detroit, since 1993. Board directors Oakland Commerce Bank.


  • Bar: Michigan 1953.


  • Other Work

    • "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, 1961 Deputy Attorney General, Michigan, 1973-1976.


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.

Maurice Cohan

Lillian (Rosenfeld) Cohan

Heidi Ruth Seelmann

Timothy David Cohan

Nicole Cohan

Jonathan Daniel Cohan