Abbi L. Cohen


Abbi L. Cohen


Philadelphia | Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2808
+1 215 994 2352 | +1 215 994 2222

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Abbi L. Cohen, recognized as a leading environmental lawyer by Chambers USA for more than a decade, 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 more than a thousand business transactions. She has assisted one of the leading U.S. rating agencies in developing environmental assessment and insurance criteria and in evaluating the potential impact of environmental conditions on mortgage-backed securities in numerous transactions involving portfolios consisting of multiple properties. 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 has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA, the International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America as a leading environmental lawyer. In recent editions of Chambers, Ms. Cohen was identified 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.” Previous editions 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.” In 2013, Ms. Cohen was selected as a “Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources” by The American Lawyer Media. In 2014, she was selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Environmental Law. She was also chosen as one of the leading practitioners of Environmental Law by Women in Business Law.

  • 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
  • Pennsylvania

Ms. Cohen participated on behalf of the Mortgage Bankers Association in EPA’s negotiated rulemaking on the “All Appropriate Inquiry” standard for the federal superfund statute. She has been an active member of the BNA Environmental Due Diligence Advisory Board. Ms. Cohen has also chaired the “Appropriate Inquiry” Task Force and co-chaired an Environmental Insurance Task Force for the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. She is a member of the Environmental Policy Committee of the Real Estate Round Table as well as several other national real estate, energy, and environmental organizations. In addition, Ms. Cohen actively participates on the Environmental Committee of ASTM, the industry standard setting organization, which has established a number of widely used environmental standards. She also lectures and writes frequently on environmental topics in business transactions.