Cohn was born in 1948 in Montgomery, Alabama. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 1971 and his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1974. While at Alabama, Cohn was a member of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity.
Cohn served in the Alabama Army National Guard from 1970 to 1972, in the United States Army Reserves from 1972 to 1975, and in the Florida Army National Guard from 1975 to 1976.
Cohn served as assistant public defender in the Broward County Public Defender's Office in 1975 and as assistant state attorney in the Broward County State Attorney's Office in 1975 to 1978.
Cohn was in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from 1978 to 1995; he worked for a year with the Michael Widoff law firm before beginning his own general trial practice in 1979.
In 1995 Cohn became a judge on the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.
President George W. Bush nominated Cohn on May 1, 2003 to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, to the new seat created by 116 Stat. 1758. Confirmed by the Senate on July 31, 2003, and received commission on August 1, 2003. He took senior status on August 5, 2016.
Friday, August 12, 2016
James Cohn takes senior status
In early August, Judge James Cohn quietly took senior status. It's not even reflected on the court's website yet. Judge Cohn, one of my favorite judges, had the perfect demeanor for a federal judge. Easy going and gentlemanly, yet decisive. Even when he ruled against you, you and your client felt like you got a fair shake. Here's some information about Judge Cohn from Wikipedia: