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.