Firm History

Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP was founded in the late 1930s, when Samuel J. Cohen, a small-town lawyer from Monticello, New York, who had served as an editor on the Columbia Law Review, joined practices with Edward C. Maguire, a New York City labor lawyer. In 1942, Cohen and Maguire teamed up to win a Supreme Court victory protecting the rights of truck drivers in the bakery industry to picket in defense of their working conditions. (Bakery and Pastry Drivers and Helpers Local 802, I.B.T. v. Wohl, 315 U.S. 769).

After New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia installed Maguire as a magistrate judge, Cohen continued to build the practice. He found a new partner after World War II when the Navy released from duty another Columbia Law graduate named Henry Weiss. Bruce Simon, a Harvard law graduate, became the firm’s third partner in 1966, and has since achieved a reputation as one of the nation’s leading labor lawyers.

Today, Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, with over twenty-five attorneys, remains uniquely dedicated to serving the interests of labor and working people as counsel to unions, union-affiliated benefit plans, individual employees, and plaintiffs in class-action employment suits.