attorney_Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo PC

Attorney Barry Cohen is a Partner of Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo PC, a law firm in Northfield, NJ. As a lawyer in Northfield, New Jersey, attorney Cohen serves Atlantic County, as well as clients throughout New Jersey.

Contact Information
: 6096771700
Fax : 6096771790
Areas of Practice
  • Auto Accident
  • Construction Accident
  • Defective / Dangerous Products
  • Personal Injury
  • Slip and Fall
  • Wrongful Death
: Rutgers University
Law School : Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Graduated : 1979
Biographical Information

Mr. Cohen is a founding partner and heads the personal injury department of the firm. For more than 30 years, his practice has been civil litigation, focusing on personal injury, maritime, product liability, professional negligence, and construction accident claims.  Mr. Cohen is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney (2001 to present), which is the highest specialty certification available to NJ civil trial attorneys.

Mr. Cohen graduated Summa Cum Laude and fourth in his class from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) in 1974 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While in college, Mr. Cohen, along with a roommate, Edward Rosenthal, co-founded Academic Activists, which then became New Jersey Public Interest Research Group (NJPIRG). In addition to organizing the initial chapter at Rutgers, they organized chapters at a number of colleges and universities around the State.  Over 40 years since its inception, NJPIRG remains one of the most vital and respected not-for-profit consumer based student run advocacy groups in the nation. Mr. Cohen was also a co-founder and executive vice president of Hamagshamim, a college-based Jewish student advocacy organization.

Mr. Cohen obtained his J.D. In 1979 at Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). While in Law School, Mr. Cohen was selected as a member of Columbia School of Law Catholic University of America Law Review and  wrote an article entitled “The Diplomatic Relations Act of 1978.”  This article reviewed the most thorough ongoing revision of the law involving diplomatic immunity since federal legislation regarding sovereign and diplomatic immunity was enacted in 1789.  The article was referenced in a number of national television news programs at the outset of the Iran Hostage Crisis in November 1979 since the Law Review article had been just been published and was the most recent authority on the subject.

Mr. Cohen initially worked as a defense attorney concentrating in architectural and engineering malpractice and construction litigation.  He served briefly on the State Board of the New Jersey Defense Association. Approximately five years later, he began representing  plaintiffs, including those harmed in car crashes, as a result of product defects, or injured on construction sites, in trip or slip and fall incidents, animal attacks/bites, etc. Barry became a member of the State Board of Trustees of New  Jersey Association for Justice (formerly NJATLA), the premier plaintiff personal injury advocacy organization in New Jersey and served on the board for over 15 years.

In areas outside the legal practice, Mr. Cohen served on the national executive board of the National Jewish Community Relations Council, which was comprised of the major national Jewish communal organizations  and was the first chairman of its Environmental Task Force. He was involved in helping to found  the Human Relations Council at Stockton College; served as President of Congregation Beth Judah in Ventnor, NJ, and served as  chairman of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Atlantic County.

Barry explains that there were three primary reasons he became an attorney. First, he came from a family with eight generations of physicians on his mother’s side but medicine was not his cup of tea. Instead, he was drawn to the law as he observed the societal hurt that needed healing. “In law, I found the  effective tools required  to make right that which was wronged or to rectify an injustice.” Additionally, while he has always had the temperament for aggressive advocacy, Barry is also a very curious person. “Each case I have had has taught me something new – whether it is how a defective product could have been better designed to avoid the harm it caused  or insights into how or why an apparently minor oversight can have immense and sometimes devastating consequences.”

Barry finds great satisfaction in representing truly injured people incapable of obtaining  justice on their own; who are honest and forthright;  and who  put their trust in him and the firm. The opportunity to discover the key that successfully unlocks a case and then to advocate on behalf of a client, whether before a judge, a jury, a defense attorney or an insurance company adjuster; and to achieve a successful result on their behalf is rewarding, especially when a client leaves the office not only satisfied with the results, but enthusiastic to recommend the firm to their family and their friends.

Mr. Cohen has been recognized for his outstanding legal work as well as his service to the community.

  • Named to the NJ Super Lawyers® list in the practice area of personal injury for 11 years
  • Recipient of numerous service awards including Outstanding Service to the Community and Bar – Atlantic County Bar Association, Young Leadership Award – Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County, Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Community Service – National Conference of Christians and Jews, and Volunteer of the Year Award – Volunteer Center of Atlantic County

Mr. Cohen has been active in numerous organizations throughout his legal career.

  • New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association, 1990 to present, member of Board of Trustees, 1995 to present
  • New Jersey American Association of Justice (formerly known as New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association), State Board of Trustees, Member 1995 to present
  • Atlantic County Bar Association Judicial Appointments Committee, Member, 2008-2010
  • Atlantic County and Cape May County Civil Trial Arbitrator, 1995 to present
  • Vincent S. Haneman America Inn of Court, Atlantic Chapter, Master, 1997 to present
  • Appointed by Governor Whitman as member of New Jersey – Israel Trade Commission, 1996
  • Board member of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory Council, 1989-2000
  • National Co-chair Women’s Task Force, 1989-1990
  • New Jersey Trial Association Annual Boardwalk Seminar – Lecturer, 1998
  • National Co-chair, Immigration Task Force, 1990-1991
  • National Co-chair Committee on Energy and the Environment, 1993-1996

For more information on personal injury or to set up a free consultation in Central and Southern New Jersey, contact Mr. Cohen at (888) 675-7607. You can also find Barry Cohen on Google+

Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo PC
Contact Information
: 6096771700
Fax : 609-677-1790
Office Location

2111 New Road, Ste 202, The Executive Plaza
Northfield, New Jersey 08225

Firm Overview

Petro Cohen Petro Matarazzo PC is located in Atlantic County New Jersey.

Practice Areas:
Workers Compensation, Social Security, Personal Injury, Slip and Fall, Auto Accidents, Products Liability, Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Traffic Violations, Driving While Intoxicated.

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