Jeffrey L. Cohen w/ Cohen, Cooper, Estep, & Allen
Jeffrey L. Cohen is well respected for his depth of experience in Tax and Corporate/Business law.
In his Tax practice, Mr. Cohen is dedicated to zealous representation before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to ensure that his clients are treated fairly by the IRS. The IRS recognizes Mr. Cohen because of his well-earned reputation of over 23 years as a top-rate negotiator with a high command of tax rules and regulations. Because the IRS does not intimidate Mr. Cohen, he resolves most of his client’s issues at the negotiating table, rather than through litigation. If it is necessary to seek resolution in United States Tax Court, Mr. Cohen will pursue and protect your interests with zeal.
Mr. Cohen’s clients receive personal attention, unlike at larger firms where unknown associates manage cases. His commitment to client service means that he is not satisfied until his clients feel comfortable with their understanding of the legal issues they face. Tax-related legal issues create a great deal of anxiety for clients because the rules and regulations are complex. Mr. Cohen is an expert guide. He makes sure his clients are well informed and that there is no ambiguity before any decisions are made. Clients are most impressed with Mr. Cohen’s accessibility. He listens well, answers questions, and returns telephone calls within 24 hours.
A significant portion of Mr. Cohen’s practice is dedicated to representing the small business owner, from incorporating or buying a business, to the many issues involved in operation, and finally to the sale of the business.
Atlanta recognizes Mr. Cohen’s expertise and requests his appearance as a legal commentator on both Tax and Corporate Law. He has been featured on several local radio stations: WSB, WZGC, and WKHX; TV channels 8,11,17, 30, and 46; as well as in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, theAtlanta Small Business Monthly, and Business Atlanta Magazineas an expert on IRS issues.
Jeffrey is a popular speaker on the legal aspects of starting a business and presents programs regularly for SCORE, the Georgia State University Small Business Development Center, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Georgia Association of Public Accountants, the Georgia Association of Business Brokers, and other groups in Atlanta. Mr. Cohen has also written several articles about leasing strategies for new and small businesses, legal considerations for new businesses, and tax collections, and he conducts many educational seminars for Georgia State University. Areas of Practice:
- Tax Controversy/IRS
- Trusts and Estate Planning
- North Carolina, 1978
- Georgia, 1981
- U.S. Federal Court, 1981
- U.S. Tax Court, 1982
- Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia, 1982
L.L.M., Master in Laws in Taxation
- University of North Carolina School of Law, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 1978
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
- Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1975
B.A., Bachelor or Arts Honors: Magna Cum Laude Published Works:
- “You May File April 15, But IRS Works All Year,” Atlanta Business Chronicle
- “The Legal Corner: Leasing Strategies for New and Small Business,” New and Small Business Journal
- “A Three-Pronged Look at Setting Up Your Business,” Atlanta Magazine, January 1994
- Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School 1984-1987
- SCORE – “Legal Issues in Starting a Business,” 2001 to present
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Sandy Springs Bar Association (Vice President 1997-1998)
- Atlanta Bar Association, 1988- present
- IRS Liaison Committee
- State Bar of Georgia, 1981- present
- Intown Business Association (General Counsel 1985-1986)
- General Counsel
- North Atlanta Tax Council, 1995- present
- Georgia Association of Business Brokers, 1988- present
Please visit Mr. Cohen’s personal website at www.irslawproblems.com
Mr. Cohen, an Entertainment and Criminal Defense attorney, is a partner of Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Whiteman, LLC, and previously partner with Katz, Smith & Cohen in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a former Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Dade County, Florida, and Assistant District Attorney in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. His Entertainment practice includes representation of television anchors, actors, photographers, models, and talent agencies. Further, he is involved with numerous syndicated television programs. As a criminal defense lawyer, he has represented the entire spectrum of clients for over thirty years. Many of his clients and cases are high profile entertainment related cases covered by the national media.
He is the National 2nd Vice Chairman and current Legal Committee Member of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) based in New York; current Legal Chairman of the Northern California Chapter; Trustee and immediate Past President of the Southeast Chapter of NTA; and a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS) based in Hollywood, California. Further, he is a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
An attorney, commentator, master of ceremonies, actor, and model, he has appeared in numerous television commercials, episodic television, industrial films, as well as a principal actor in a daytime soap opera. Further, he hosted a live 2-hour talk show on WTBS-TV. He has served as President and National Board Member of the Screen Actors Guild, Georgia branch, and has served on the Atlanta Board of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Mr. Cohen has co-hosted several local television telethons and has been a regular on-camera spokesperson for WPBA-TV’s pledge drives and Master of Ceremonies for numerous local events. He appeared regularly on WXIA-TV/Channel 11, the NBC affiliate, as the lawyer for their live televised “Noonday” program, and currently provides on-air legal commentary for CNN/HNN and local Atlanta stations, including WXIA TV/Channel 11 and WAGA-TV/Fox 5.
Mr. Cohen is past Chairman of the Entertainment and Sports Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. He has chaired numerous seminars and other educational programs and is Co-founder and Permanent Chairman of the Annual Southern Regional Entertainment and Sports Law Conference. He is the immediate past and past chair elect, Chairman Elect and past Treasurer of the Entertainment Arts and Sports Law Section (EASL) of the Florida Bar Association. Further, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association; the Lawyers Club of Atlanta; the Cobb Bar Association; the Florida Bar Association and the Georgia Bar Association. Mr. Cohen is listed in Who’s Who in America.
Luis A. Virgüez is a founding partner in Sessoms & Virguez, LLC. Mr. Virgüez is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and fluent in both Spanish and English. Mr. Virguez moved to the Atlanta, GA when he was 8 years old and has spent the majority of his life living in Metro Atlanta.
Mr. Virguez graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with a degree in Journalism. While at UGA, he was involved with Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and Golden Key International Society. Mr. Virguez then moved to Arizona to attend the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University. While in law school, he was heavily involved with the Chicano Latino Law Student Association (CLLSA) and in the Arizona State Immigration Clinic where he obtained his first experience in immigration law. During his participation in the clinic, Mr. Virguez worked closely with abandoned or orphan children and battered spouses to obtain legal immigration status in the country. It was this fulfilling experience and his background as an immigrant that led Mr. Virguez to pursue a career in immigration law.
After law school, Mr. Virguez began his legal career at a non-profit organization handling immigration cases for battered spouses and victims of crimes. In 2009, along with founding partner Kamala Sessoms, the law firm of Sessoms & Virguez was formed.
Currently, Mr. Virguez is a member of AILA, the State Bar of Georgia and is admitted to the Georgia Supreme Court. Mr. Virguez has handled hundreds of immigration cases ranging from family petitions to cases in removal proceedings across different jurisdictions and courts in the United States. He has also handled criminal cases involving traffic violations, DUIs, drug charges and battery charges. Mr. Virguez is also involved in the community with public speaking engagements in public settings and law schools in Georgia and Arizona and co-hosts a several weekly radio shows concentrating on immigration and criminal defense with Ms. Sessoms.
In his spare time, Mr. Virguez enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
- B.A. Journalism cum laude from the University of Georgia,University of Georgia (2005).
- J.D. Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, Arizona State University (2008 ).
Ms. Sessoms is a founding and managing partner at Sessoms & Virgüez, LLC. Ms. Sessoms is originally from Michigan and moved to Atlanta in 1998. After returning to Michigan to attend law school, Ms. Sessoms returned to Atlanta in 2004. Ms. Sessoms has dedicated her practice to handling both immigration and criminal cases. Ms. Sessoms is a highly experienced attorney who has defended hundreds of clients whose lives have been affected as a result of a criminal charges and subsequent immigration issues.
In her criminal practice, Ms. Sessoms focuses primarily on all misdemeanor offenses to include charges such as Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs (DUI’s), No Driver’s License, Driving on Suspended Licenses, Domestic Violence Battery, Simple Battery, Assault, Possession of Marijuana and Theft by Shoplifting. She also primarily represents clients in felony drug possession cases. As a result of the convergence of many criminal issues with immigration, Ms. Sessoms has represented clients who have both issues. In her immigration practice, Ms. Sessoms represents clients in deportation/removal proceedings and all family immigration matters to include naturalization, family petitions, deferred action and temporary protected status. Ms. Sessoms has also successfully represented clients who have been victims of crimes and helped them to obtain U-Visas. In every case either criminal or immigration, Ms. Sessoms strives to zealously represent clients both in and out of court and help clients understand and feel comfortable with the entire process.
Ms. Sessoms has spoken at Cathedral de Fay regarding immigration issues. Ms. Sessoms and her law partner Mr. Virguez hosts a monthly radio show on El Patron, 105.3 FM discussing criminal issues, Vida, 96.5 and on La Raza, 102.3 FM discussing both immigration and criminal issues. Ms. Sessoms is available to discuss the ever-changing area of issues surrounding immigration law at community events.
In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Sessoms is a world traveler and has spent a month in East Asia visiting Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan and Singapore in 2009. She has also traveled to Dubai, U.A.E., Mexico City, Mexico in 2012 and Managua/Grenada, Nicaragua in 2013. Ms. Sessoms has also traveled to Guayaquil, Ecuador; Montreal, Canada and toured the Yucatan in Mexico. Ms. Sessoms enjoys exploring new countries and experiencing the vast culture in every country she visits.
Ms. Sessoms has also been actively involved in politics and has attended both The White House Project and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University. Ms. Sessoms has worked as campaign manager on a local judicial election and as a Constituency Director for a past Atlanta mayoral campaign in 2009. Ms. Sessoms is also an active member of Antioch Baptist Church North and enjoys to horseback ride and spend time with family.
- B.S. Political Science with a Concentration in Comparative Politics and Presidential Science Scholar, Oberlin College (1998);
- J.D. Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Program, President of Black Law Student Association and Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Student Bar, Michigan State University College of Law (2004).
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
- Past Chair of Executive Office for Immigration Review Committee for Georgia-Alabama Committee
- Member, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (GACDL)
- State Bar of Georgia
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