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Lewis R. Cohen, former general counsel for a Florida-based national bank and outside general counsel for a number of community banks, has more than 35 years’ experience in the areas of banking, commercial finance, regulatory compliance, commercial transactions, and commercial litigation. Since 1990, Mr. Cohen has held the highest rating (“AV”) from the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is listed in the Bar Registry of Preeminent Lawyers. Mr. Cohen has been recognized for professional excellence as a “Top Lawyer” by the South Florida Legal Guide every year since 2005, and named as a leader in South Florida’s banking and finance community by the South Florida Business Journal.

Mr. Cohen’s practice involves advising and representing banks in a variety of matters, including deposit operations, online and mobile banking, vendor contracts, loan operations, commercial finance, loan documentation, and regulatory matters, including the Bank Secrecy Act, USA PATRIOT Act and regulations of the FDIC, OCC, OFAC, the Federal Reserve Board and the Florida Office of Financial Regulation.

With respect to commercial finance, Mr. Cohen regularly represents lenders in real estate and asset-based lending, documentation, closing, and title insurance.

With respect to operational matters, Mr. Cohen regularly advises banks regarding Account Control Agreements, Escrow Agreements, trusts and legal process, including garnishments, subpoenas, negotiation of checks, drafts and other instruments, compliance with state and federal banking laws and regulations, negotiating and drafting agreements with vendors and customers, and developing bank policies and procedures.

Mr. Cohen also represents banks, individuals, and investors with respect to new loan transactions and modifications, real estate purchase and sales, and leasing of facilities, such as branch offices.

Education

  • Boston University, B.A. (cum laude, 1976)
  • Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, J.D. (1979)

Admissions

  • Florida, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Awards and Recognitions

  • “AV” Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 2005-Present
  • South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyers,” 2005-Present
  • South Florida Business Journal, “Power Leaders” in Banking & Finance, 2015

Articles and Publications

  • Author, “Bank Secrecy Act – Financial Institution inquiries regarding your trust account transactions” South Florida Legal Guide, September 4, 2012
  • Author, “Bureau Expands Regulation of Residential Mortgage Loan Transactions” Florida Law Journal, October 23, 2010
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