Jane Cohen

Areas of Competence:

Business Litigation, Commercial, Construction, Consumer, Contracts, Employment, Franchise / Dealer, Intellectual Property, Real Property, Securities


Mediation, Arbitrator, Special Master


Professional Experience:

General Business:
Has handled numerous transactional matters involving business formation, agreements and disagreements among business owners, operating issues and liquidation/dissolution including receivership. Significant experience in the negotiation, drafting, and review of a variety of contracts involving employment (including but not limited to provisions related to noncompetition/nonsolicitation and commissions), financing, guaranties, licensing, sale of goods, secured transactions, service agreements and worked for hire.

Has litigated claims involving contract interpretation and enforcement, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, breach of fiduciary duty/duty of loyalty, breach of warranty, employment, equitable claims, financing, fraud, negligence, sales commissions, shareholder disputes, suit on account, tortious interference, TROs/injunctions and UCC (sale of goods/commercial paper/secured transactions).

Franchise and Dealership:
Has successfully represented all sides of the franchise and dealer relationship as an advocate since 1085. Significant experience franchisors/manufacturers/suppliers in breach and performance related matters, termination and unfair competition in a wide range of industries in court, arbitration, and mediation. Has equally extensive experience representing franchisees and dealers in pursuing claims such as breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, encroachment, fraud and misrepresentation, PMPA, unfair trade practices, as well as defending claims for breach, termination, tortious interference, and violations of covenants against the competition.

Real Estate and Construction:

Has extensive experience representing retail developers and other commercial and residential property owners in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the purchase, sale, and lease of real estate and related documents such as REAs and easements. Significant representation of tenants in the review and negotiation of retail, industrial and office leases including build-out issues. Has been involved in all facets of residential sales contracts including but not limited to new construction, remodeling and repair. Has represented HOAs and unit owners in connection with regular and special assessments, repairs, interpretation and enforcement of condominium and subdivision indentures. Has negotiated/drafted commercial/residential construction contracts and subcontracts on behalf of owners and contractors including new construction as well as remodeling. Has successfully litigated a number of commercial/residential real estate cases pursuing and defending claims involving purchase and sale such as breach of contract, fraud, and specific performance as well as many lease disputes involving claims such as environmental, nonpayment, termination, holdover, use clauses, and waste. Also has significant experience litigating/arbitrating construction disputes involving a breach of contract, breach of warranty claims and mechanics liens. First construction arbitration as an advocate was before the AAA in 1986 successfully representing a contractor seeking to enforce back charges against a subcontractor on two government jobs.

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association
    Section of Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Committee
    Women in Dispute Resolution Committee (WIDR)
    Missouri Regional Chair (2017-Present)
    Forum of Franchising: Diversity Caucus Steering Committee (2012-2015); Nominating Committee (2013)
    Women's Caucus Steering Committee (2007-2010)
    Solo and Small Firm Task Force (October 2004-2007)
  • Association of Attorney Mediators St. Louis Chapter Secretary (2013-Present)
  • Association of Missouri Mediators
  • The Missouri Bar
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
    Diversity Committee
    Real Estate Practice and Procedure Committee Vice Chair (2014-2018)
  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
    Former Member
    Franchise Law Committee (Past Chair)
    Small Business Committee (Past Chair)
    Commercial and Residential Real Estate Contract Forms and Fee Dispute Committees



  • Missouri (1985)
  • Illinois (1986)
  • United States District Court
    Easter and Western Districts of Missouri
    Southern District of Illinois


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 1995
  • Named Franchise Lawyer of the Year in St. Louis in 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America
  • Recognized in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers for ten years
  • Listed as one of the top 50 Women in the 2010 edition of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers
  • Recognized in the St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 list in 1998
  • AV Preeminent peer review rating in Martindale Hubbell


St. Louis (Headquarters)

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6 Alaris Office Locations

ST. LOUIS (Headquarters)

711 North 11th Street
Saint Louis, MO 63101

(800) 280-3376
Trena Hutchins
Scheduling Manager


3095 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Paula Bouge
Scheduling Coordinator


2511 Broadway Bluffs, Suite 201
Columbia, MO 65201

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Jessica Gifford
Scheduling Coordinator


1608 Locust Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Samantha Liechty
Senior Scheduling Coordinator


2422 East Madrid Street
Springfield, MO 65804

(800) 280-3376
Mia Jackson
Scheduling Coordinator


15 South Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701

(800) 280-3376
Shelly Livengood
Scheduling Coordinator