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Marvin Cohen



Marvin S. Cohen (1932-2009)

Marvin Cohen arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Hibbs v. Winn (2004)


Our friend and mentor Marvin Cohen passed away June 12, 2009.

His long and distinguished legal career encompassed aviation law, eminent domain law, natural resources law, public utilities law and appellate law. In 2004, he argued before the United States Supreme Court (above) in Hibbs v. Winn.

Honors and Awards

The Best Lawyers in America®

Professional Memberships

American Bar Association

American Arbitration Association, Complex Case Panel

State Bar of Arizona

Pima County, Arizona Chief Civil Deputy County Attorney, 1958-1960

City of Tucson, First Assistant City Attorney, 1961

U.S. Department of the Interior: Special Assistant to the Solicitor, 1961-1963

Civil Aeronautics Board, Chairman, 1978-1981

Reported Cases

Robson Ranch Quail Creek, LLC v. Pima County, 215 Ariz. 545, 161 P.3d 588 (App. 2007)

Maricopa-Stanfield Irrigation & Drainage Dist. v. Robertson, 123 P.3d 1122 (Ariz. 2005)

Hibbs v. Winn, 124 S. Ct. 2276, 159 L. Ed. 2d (2004)

Dybczak v. Tuskegee Institute, 737 F2d 1524 (11th Cir. 1984)

Romany v. Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico, 742 F. 2d 32 (1st Cir. 1984)

Animal Defense Fund v. Hodel, 840 F. 2d 1432 (9th Cir. 1988)

Central Arizona Irrigation and Drainage District v. Lujan, 764 F. Supp. 582 (D. Ariz. 1991)

Central Arizona Water Conservation District v. U.S., 32 F. Supp. 2d 1117 (D. Ariz. 1998)

Aritex Land Co. v. Baker, 482 P. 2d 875 (Ariz. App. Div. 2 1971)

Published Articles

“The Antitrust Implications of Airline Deregulation,” Antitrust Bulletin, Spring 1983

“The Cost Reduction Imperative of Deregulation, Boundaries Between Competition and Economic Regulation,” Institute for Study of Regulation, 1983

“International Air Transport in the Eighties,” Kluwer Law & Taxation Publishers, 1981

“Airline Deregulation: A Model for the 80’s,” Journal of Contemporary Business, Vol. 9, No. 2

“New Air Service and Deregulation: A Study in Transition,” 44 Journal of Air Law and Commerce 695, 1979

Court and Bar Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1984

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Ninth Circuits, 1983

U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1983

District of Columbia Bar, 1981

U.S. Supreme Court, 1962

Arizona, 1957

Community Leadership

Scottsdale Cultural Council, Board of Directors, 2007-2009

St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, Board Member, 2002-2007

Adjunct Professor of Aviation Law, ASU College of Law, 2003

Arizona Theatre Company, Board Member, 2001-present

St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, President, 1997-1998

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Chairman, 1994-1995

Herberger Theater Center, President, 1993-1995

Governor’s Regional Airport Advisory Committee, 1990-1993

Arizona Commission on the Arts, Chairman, 1988-1991


University of Arizona, LL.B., 1957: Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi

University of Arizona, B.A., 1953