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Jane Cohen

Areas of Competence:

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

Services:

Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master

Cohen
 

Professional Experience:

General Business:
Significant experience in most aspects of business representing owners and entities (i.e., drafting, negotiation and litigation of owner agreements and disagreements, purchase/sale/transfer of business interests, liquidation/dissolution. Contract interpretation/enforcement, breach of fiduciary duty/duty of good faith/duty of loyalty, breach of warranty, employment, equitable claims, financing, fraud, guaranties, licensing, MMPA, noncompetition/nonsolicitation, negligence, sales commissions, service agreements, tortious interference, TROs/injunctions, UCC, work for hire).

Franchise and Dealership:
Has successfully represented all sides of the franchise and dealer relationship since 1985 in a wide range of industries. 

Real Estate and Construction:
Extensive experience representing retail developers and other commercial and residential property owners in drafting, negotiation and litigation of purchase, sale, lease and other real estate interests (i.e., boundaries, environmental. REAs, HOAs, easements, use, waste). Has negotiated/drafted commercial/residential construction contracts and subcontracts on behalf of owners and contractors for new construction as well as remodels. (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).

ADR Experience:

  • Completed arbitration and mediation training in 2007; app. 15 ADR CLE hours annually
  • Has served as an arbitrator in over 85 cases across the country
  • Has served as a panel chair, panel member and sole arbitrator
  • Has served as mediator in over 30 mediations
  • Well versed in phone and video hearings (i.e., zoom)
  • Sample issues addressed: arbitrability, business deadlock, business dissolution, business        valuation, fiduciary duty/duty of loyalty, choice of law/forum, construction, contract, equity, financing, franchise/dealer, fraud, defamation, duty of good faith and fair dealing, employment, IP, MMPA, restrictive covenants, real estate, tortious interference, securities, TCPA, UCC, unfair competition and warranty.

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

Panel Affiliations:

  • AAA, Commercial, Construction, Consumer, Employment and Large Complex Case Panels.     
  • Alaris Alternative Dispute Resolution, arbitrator, and mediator
  • DeMars Associates, Ltd., arbitrator
  • FINRA, arbitrator
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, neutral
  • 11th Judicial Circuit (St. Charles County, MO), mediator
  • 21st Judicial Circuit Court (St. Louis County, MO), mediator
  • 22nd Judicial Circuit Court (City of St. Louis, MO), mediator
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), mediator
  • Third Judicial Circuit in Madison County, Illinois, civil mediator

Education:

Licensure:

  • Missouri (1985)
  • Illinois (1986)

Honors:

  • AV Preeminent peer review rating in Martindale Hubbell
  • 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 Magazine for ten years
    (included in its lists of the top 50 Women lawyers in Missouri in 2010)
  • Recognized in the St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 list in 1998

Headquartered

St. Louis (Headquarters)

Available for Service

6 Alaris Office Locations

ST. LOUIS (Headquarters)

711 North 11th Street
Saint Louis, MO 63101

(800) 280-3376
Trena Hutchins
Scheduling Manager

CAPE GIRARDEAU

3095 Lexington Avenue, Suite 300
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

800.280.3376
Katie Shubert
Scheduling Coordinator

COLUMBIA

2511 Broadway Bluffs, Suite 201
Columbia, MO 65201

(800) 280-3376
Jayme Aquino
Scheduling Coordinator

KANSAS CITY

1608 Locust Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

(800) 280-3376
Samantha Liechty
Senior Scheduling Coordinator

SPRINGFIELD (Missouri)

2422 East Madrid Street
Springfield, MO 65804

(800) 280-3376
Rebekah Schneider
Scheduling Coordinator

SPRINGFIELD (Illinois)

15 South Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701

(800) 280-3376
Shelly Livengood
Scheduling Coordinator