Abbi L. Cohen, is an environmental transaction partner in the corporate and securities practice at Dechert LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. She is recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers USA for more than 15 years, focuses her practice on evaluating environmental liabilities associated with corporate, real estate, and financing transactions—including with respect to energy—and providing both state and federal permitting and regulatory compliance advice. She has assisted clients in siting and permitting industrial facilities, including resource recovery and cogeneration facilities, as well as power plants.
Ms. Cohen has provided environmental advice with respect to thousands of business transactions. She has also advised clients on structuring transactions to minimize environmental liabilities, negotiating strategies, and in preparing relevant provisions in transaction documents in connection with acquisitions, divestitures, and financings. She has participated in supervising environmental consultants throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.
Ms. Cohen is consistently recognized by Chambers USA, the International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America as a leading environmental lawyer. In the most recent edition of Chambers USA, Ms. Cohen was noted for her “high-quality work” and ability to “break down complex legal issues so executives can understand and appreciate the risks.” Prior editions have described her as a “real subject matter expert” that is “very client-oriented and very commercial” with one client praising how “she combines intellect, legal knowledge and a deal-oriented demeanor.” Others have described Ms. Cohen as “an intelligent, hard-working and responsive attorney” who has “an incredible ability to work well with all parties to get good results.” Ms. Cohen was selected as a 2020 Woman Leader in The Law by ALM Media. In 2013, Ms. Cohen was selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources” by ALM Media. She has also been chosen as one of the leading practitioners of Environmental Law by Women in Business Law.
As Dechert’s Deputy Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Ms. Cohen oversees firmwide policies, procedures and initiatives that uphold the firm’s core values for supporting diversity and inclusion. Prior to this role, she was the Chair of Dechert’s Global Women’s Initiative, which aims to identify and implement initiatives that promote opportunities for women to advance and lead throughout the firm. She is also a member of the Philadelphia office Hiring Committee.
- Barnard College, Columbia University, B.A., 1980, magna cum laude, with High Honors in economics, Phi Beta Kappa
- University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1983