Walter N. Cohen is a 1972 graduate of the University of North Carolina where he received a B.A. degree in Economics. He was a member of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity. Mr. Cohen earned his law degree from the University of Georgia in 1975 and an LL.M. in Taxation degree from New York University in 1976. After practicing with a law firm in St. Louis, Mr. Cohen returned home to his native Atlanta to practice with a major Atlanta law firm and a mid-sized firm before starting his own law firm in 1986. Along with his partner, Albert Caproni III, the firm of Cohen & Caproni, LLC was formed in 1997.
Mr. Cohen represents businesses and their owners in a variety of legal, tax, and estate and retirement planning matters. He has handled the formation of all types of business entities, including corporations, S corporations, and limited liability companies (LLCs) and has extensive experience in the drafting of business contracts and agreements, such as shareholder agreements, partnership agreements, operating agreements for LLCs, buy-sell agreements and employment agreements. In addition, he has counseled numerous clients with respect to matters involving non-compete, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements. Mr. Cohen’s retirement practice has included the design of all forms of retirement plans, including 401(k) plans, profit sharing plans, IRAs, and defined benefit plans. His estate planning practice has included advice with respect to marital deduction planning and generation skipping trusts, as well as insurance trusts and family limited partnerships (FLPs). He has extensive experience in handling probate administration matters. His practice also includes representation of taxpayers in both examination and collection matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the Georgia Department of Revenue. He has handled numerous matters involving installment agreements and offers in compromise with the IRS and has represented taxpayers in matters before the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Cohen is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Missouri Bar, the American Bar Association, the Atlanta Bar Association, and the North Atlanta Tax Council. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Estate Planning Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, and the Sole Practitioner-Small Firm Section of the Atlanta Bar Association. He served as the chair of the Sole Practitioner-Small Firm Section of the Atlanta Bar Association.
Mr. Cohen served as an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law where he taught a course in planning and drafting for the closely held business. He has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the United States Tax Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia.
Mr. Cohen is married and has three adult children. His hobbies include golf and jogging.