Cole Schotz P.C.



David M. Kohane
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6267 / C: 201-220-9683 / F: 201-678-6267
Legal Practice Assistant: Michele Stempel
T: 201-489-3000, ext. 5083


David Kohane is an experienced litigator who founded and co-chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He is known for his creative approach to counseling and dispute resolution and is often asked to strategize in situations where litigation is anticipated and there exists a need to get in front of the issues. He was an early leader in the field of electronic discovery, assisting clients in navigating this difficult area more cost-effectively.

David’s experience spans several practice areas, including trademarks, copyrights, patents, trade regulation, unfair competition, environmental, antitrust, tax disputes, and defamation and privacy rights. He has extensive experience prosecuting trademark and copyright registrations and in the protection, use and misuse of intellectual property rights in the digital age. In the environmental realm, David both litigates and plays an active role in dispute resolution between private parties and government agencies. He handles matters at the trial and appellate levels, in administrative proceedings and in mediations and arbitrations.

David has authored numerous articles and spoken on topics in the fields of trademark law, copyright law, environmental law, Internet and computer law, electronic evidence and discovery, evidence, federal civil procedure, federal tax disputes, civil rights and RICO. He has been recognized in New Jersey Super Lawyers from 2009 to 2018. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. See Award Methodology.

In service to the profession, David served as co-director of the John C. Lifland American Inn of Court from 2011-2015. The Inn concentrates on practice in the federal courts and intellectual property law. He currently serves on the Emerging Issues Committee of the International Trademark Association and on the Committee on Trademarks & The Internet of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section.

David served as law clerk for the Hon. Charles S. Haight, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in Manhattan before entering private practice. He earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from New York University Law School, cum laude and Order of the Coif.


New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1985Wesleyan University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1980

Bar & Court Admissions

New Jersey, 1989Connecticut, 1985New York, 1986U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1987U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1987U.S. Tax Court, 1987U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1989U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1992



Lessons From This Year's High Court Patent Rulings

As published in: Law360 July 2, 2018

Photographers Shutter at Plan to Boost Copyright Fees

As published in: Bloomberg BNA June 4, 2018


Recent Events

Art Law Primer
Attorney Speaking: David M. KohaneDecember 2, 2015
Selected Issues in Art Law
Attorney Speaking: David M. KohaneMay 8, 2015
Legalities of Photography
Attorney Speaking: David M. KohaneJune 8 - 9, 2013
Updates in Intellectual Law, WestLegalEd CLE Seminar and Webinar, October 26, 2011 (including presentation on use of competitors’ trademarks in Internet advertising and sponsored links)
Attorney Speaking: David M. KohaneOctober 26, 2011
In-House Counsel CLE Seminar: Update in Intellectual Property Law, New Jersey Law Journal
Attorney Speaking: David M. KohaneOctober 4, 2011



Un-Happy Birthday, but Happy Batman

IP Law Outlook September, 25, 2015

David M. Kohane
The $8.9 Million Name

IP Law Outlook August 26, 2015

David M. Kohane
In Internet Advertising, Context Is King

New Jersey Law Journal Volume 204; Issue 8 May 23, 2011

Arianna Christopher and David M. Kohane
Lexis Nexis Practice Guide: New Jersey Commercial Litigation (2009 Edition), Chapter 8: Franchise Litigation

March 3, 2004

Wendy F. Klein and David M. Kohane
LexisNexis Practice Guide: New Jersey Commercial Litigation (2009 Edition), Chapter 9: Unfair Competition

March 02, 2004

David M. Kohane, Adam J. Sklar and Jenny R. Flom