Neal S. Cohen practices law in the area of consumer product safety before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
A former CPSC official, Neal brings a wealth of experience in representing companies before the CPSC. Not only does Neal have extensive knowledge of CPSC's safety requirements, he also understands how the CPSC and its staff really think when investigating a consumer product. With this knowledge and the relationships he has built in the product safety community, Neal works hard to represent the best interests of his clients in seeking a fair and favorable outcome.
From 2010 – 2016, Neal was the Small Business Ombudsman at the CPSC. In this role, Neal has counseled thousands of small businesses on the finer details of the CPSIA and other CPSC safety laws. Neal is often sought after to speak at trade shows and conferences in a variety of industries to share his perspectives on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and other safety laws enforced by the CPSC.
In charge of business education and outreach while at the CPSC , Neal gets the big picture but also sweats the details. Earlier in his CPSC career, Neal served as the Chief Counsel to the Director of the Office of Compliance. And Neal was selected as the lead staff attorney in charge of CPSC’s largest investigation to date concerning so-called Chinese Drywall. Neal's work eventually led to his testimony before the Senate Sub-Committee on Consumer Protection concerning that investigation.
Neal continues to be involved in leadership in the product safety world through his active involvement in the International Consumer Product Safety and Health Organization (ICPSHO), where is a frequent speaker. Neal is also a member in good standing and active in the leadership of various product safety committees through ASTM International. is clients include national trade associations, Fortune 500 corporations and privately held companies.
Before joining the CPSC, Neal was a courtroom attorney trying high-stakes felony cases before juries in New York City. Neal also worked as a corporate attorney, working on mergers & acquisitions and private equity offering documents as an attorney at the firm of King & Spalding in New York City.
Primary Practice Areas:
Consumer Product Safety Law
Emory University School of Law, J.D. with honors
Robert W. Woodruff Fellow
B.A. Economics with Distinction
2004, New York
Exclusively practicing federal law.
(Located in Maryland, but not admitted to practice Maryland law)