Jeffrey I. Cohen
With more than 35 years’ experience and insight in all aspects of the legal and business landscape, Jeff leverages his business acumen and strategic leadership to excel in his dual roles at the firm, as a practising lawyer, whose practice encompasses all manner of corporate law, and as Torkin Manes’ Managing Partner, where he leads the ongoing development, growth and success of the firm.
While his capabilities extend across all corporate matters, Jeff’s practice is primarily focused on multifaceted mergers, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, as well as a wide variety of complex business transactions and financings. He is a trusted strategic advisor to a roster of clients, from entrepreneurs and high net worth individuals to established corporations and not-for-profit organizations, each of whom rely on Jeff’s sophisticated counsel to help them achieve their business objectives.
Committed to client service excellence, Jeff’s goal is to ensure he provides clients with top tier counsel that will optimize their likelihood of success. He devotes time at the outset of every engagement to understand the nuances of clients’ businesses and the industries in which they operate, and collaborates with clients and their other business advisors to create optimal conditions to best respond to their unique needs. If clients require counsel in areas beyond his scope, Jeff is skilled at identifying and assembling teams that could fill any gaps to provide clients with comprehensive and seamless legal services. Jeff also mentors lawyers to support their personal and professional advancement, while keeping their ability to contribute to the future success and growth of the firm top of mind.
Outside of the office, Jeff is dedicated to giving back to the community. Consistent with his philosophy that there is tremendous value in obtaining an understanding of a client's business, Jeff brings his knowledge and perspective to numerous Boards of Directors or Advisory Boards of companies to which Torkin Manes provides legal services.
As a testament to his outstanding professional and leadership capabilities, Jeff has been recognized as a leading lawyer by numerous preeminent legal directories, including Chambers Canada, The Best Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Credentials & Affiliations
- Community Involvement
- Ontario Bar, 1986
- JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1984
- BA, McGill University, 1981
- American Bar Association
- Association for Corporate Growth
- Canadian Bar Association
- Canadian Venture Capital Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Board of Governors, UJA Federation
- National Executive Board, Weizmann Institute of Science
- Past Member of Board of Directors, UJA Federation
- Past Treasurer, UJA Federation
- Past Chair, Business and Finance Committee, UJA Federation
- Past Board Member of Toronto Private School