Thomas F Cohen

Partner

Thomas Cohen is a partner in the South Bend, Indiana office. He practices in the areas of worker’s compensation, general insurance litigation and state appeals. Mr. Cohen received his A.B., cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1975 followed by his Doctorate of Jurisprudence, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law in 1978.

Practice Emphasis

  • Worker’s Compensation
  • General Insurance Litigation
  • Civil Appeals

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Employment & Labor Section ISBA

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana

Education

  • University of Notre Dame, A.B., cum laude, 1975
  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978

Additional Experience / Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 1995/1996/1997/1998/1999/2000/2001/2002/2003/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016/2017/2018
  • Indiana Super Lawyer, 2005/2007/2008/2009/2010
  • National College of Workers' Compensation Attorneys, 2018

Publications

Mr. Cohen is extensively published in the area of workers' compensation 
  • "Permanent Total Disability: Reasonable Employment Apportionment and Vocation Rehabilitation" Advanced Worker's Compensation ICLEF 2013
  • “Interplay Between Third-Party Practice and Worker Compensation Act,” Masters Series, ICLEF, 2008
  • “Compensability Considerations Under Milledge v. The Oaks, Masters Series, ICLEF, 2004
  • “Defending Permanent Total Disability Claims,” LCBA, 2002
  • “Ethical Considerations in Worker’s Compensation Cases,” ICLEF, 1998
  • “Cross Examination of Vocation Experts,” ICLEF, 1996
  • "ICLEF Worker’s Compensation Deskbook 1994, Special Employees and Independent Contractors; “Practical Aspects of Indiana Worker’s Compensation Law,” ICLEF, 1993
  • “Settlement Issues in Worker’s Compensation Actions,” ICLEF, 1993
  • “Time Restraints in O.D. + Worker’s Compensation Claims,” Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1992
  • “Changing Benefit Levels,” Professional Education Systems, inc., 1991
  • “Time Limitations in Worker’s Compensation Cases,” ICLEF, 1990
  • “Indiana Worker’s Compensation Benefits,” Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1989

Reported Cases

  • Awilda Gonzalez v. Wal-Mart Associates, Inc., 881 N.E.2d 19, (Ind.App., 2008);
  • Richard A. Jackel v. Peter Eckrich & Sons, 516 N.E.2d 1082 (Ind.App. 3 Dist., 1987);
  • Alvin Miller and Lydia Miller v. Indiana State Highway Dept., 514 N.E.2d 93 (Ind.App. 4 Dist., 1987);
  • Alvin Miller and Lydia Miller v. Indiana State Highway Dept., 507 N.E.2d 1009 (Ind.App. 4 Dist., 1987);
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Mary Ann Parkinson, 491 N.E.2d 229 (Ind.App. 4 Dist., 1986);
  • James Borton, Linda Borton, and Robert Ackley v. Jack Lavenduskey and Violet Lavenduskey, 488 N.E.2d 1129 (Ind.App. 4 Dist., 1986);
  • Paul A. Bailey v. Hugo E. Martz and David Chidester, 488 N.E.2d 716 (Ind.App. 4 Dist., 1986);
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company v. Mary Ann Parkinson, 487 N.E.2d 162 (Ind.App. 4 Dist., 1985);
  • James Borton, Linda Borton, and Robert Ackley v. Jack Lavenduskey and Violet Lavenduskey, 486 N.E.2d 639 (Ind.App. 4 Dist., 1985);
  • Geoffrey A. Stein and Bliss & Laughline Steel v. Raymond Yung, 475 N.E.2d 52 (Ind.App. 3 Dist., 1985);
  • Robert Crull and Earlene Crull v. Harold Platt, Shasta Industries, Coachmen Industries, and Suburban Manufacturing Company, 471 N.E.2d 1211, (Ind.App. 3 Dist., 1984);
  • Thomas Langston v. The Estate of Jay S. Cuppels, 471 N.E.2d 17 (Ind.App. 3 Dist., 1984);
  • J.C. Penney Company, Inc. v. Ruth E. Wesolek and Paul J. Wesolek, 465 N.E.2d 763 (Ind.App. 3 Dist., 1984);
  • Craig B. Weaver v. Terry Tucker, 461 N.E.2d 1159 (Ind.App. 3 Dist., 1984);
  • J.C. Penney Company, Inc. v. Ruth E. Wesolek and Paul J. Wesolek, 461 N.E.2d 1149 (Ind.App. 3 Dist., 1984);
  • Shirley Rosander v. Copco Steel & Engineering Company, 429 N.E.2d 990 (Ind.App. 1982);
  • James B. Stevens and Dixie J. Stevens v. St. Paul Fire & Marine Insurance Company, 422 N.E.2d 319 (Ind.App. 1981).

Contact Thomas

South Bend Office
205 W. Jefferson Blvd, Ste. 300
P.O. Box 4156
South Bend, IN 46634-4156
574-232-4801

tcohen@hsk-law.com