Cohen & Malad, LLP
Power to your voice requires action and commitment. You need lawyers who will see your problem as their problem, not a billing opportunity.
Since 1968, Cohen & Malad, LLP has been a staunch advocate for our clients. We give power to your voice in contested court proceedings and difficult negotiations. Our trial lawyers have years of experience arguing cases before state and federal courts. We will champion your cause and won’t stop fighting until justice has been served.
We’re tenacious and won’t shy away from a good challenge. Because of our relentless pursuit of justice, we are often able to effectively resolve matters through negotiation. If negotiation isn’t feasible, we will take your fight to court. Everyone deserves their day in court. And you deserve a lawyer with the skill and talent to make that day count!
We’ve carefully selected our team of over 20 attorneys who are ready to represent you over a wide range of legal matters.
Irwin is the managing partner of Cohen & Malad, LLP and has practiced with the firm since 1978. While his practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial litigation, class actions and mass torts, Irwin was one of the lead counsel in the Indianapolis Ramada Inn/United States Air Force crash litigation and the Greenwood air crash disaster, among other prominent cases. He has been counsel in class actions involving securities fraud, insurance and consumer protection throughout the United States, and has actively litigated in the drug litigation arena.
Recently, Irwin was lead counsel in a case against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for overcharging millions of Indiana citizens for certain driver’s licenses which settled for $30 million. He is presently class counsel in a subsequent case against the BMV involving overcharges not covered by the initial case. Irwin was also class counsel in a recent case, settled for $15 million, against the Indiana Department of Children’s Services for failing to pay subsidies to adoptive parents.
Irwin was also Co-Lead Counsel in two major antitrust cases against the concrete industry. In central Indiana, the litigation resulted in a certified class and $59 million in settlements. In Iowa, the litigation successfully settled for $18 million. He was also selected by the Indiana Department of Insurance to represent it in claims against those responsible for the demise of the Indiana Construction Industry Trust. Through settlements and trial, the litigation collected over $24 million, exceeding the $18 million of actual claims. The case included a $17.99 million jury verdict, affirmed on appeal, in a legal malpractice action against the Trust’s lawyers and a $16.5 million settlement of the bad faith claim against the lawyers’ insurance carrier.
In 1996, Irwin became active in the first class action case to be filed in the United States against Swiss Banks on behalf of Holocaust survivors. He and other lawyers from Cohen and Malad took a hands-on role in both the factual investigation of archived materials stored in the U.S. National Archives and the legal work before the Court. In 1997, the Swiss Bank litigation was consolidated before a U.S. District Court judge, who appointed an executive committee composed of 10 lawyers from around the nation to manage the litigation. Irwin was one of the ten chosen. On this committee, he continued to play a significant role in the litigation, researching many of the unusual legal issues presented by this unique litigation and preparing briefs submitted to the Court. Irwin also played a significant role in the lengthy negotiations that culminated in the $1.25 billion settlement presented to the Court. Through his expertise in class action litigation, and the settlement of such complex cases, he also has been able to provide valuable insights into the unprecedented task of notifying Holocaust survivors around the world of this historic settlement.
Irwin also participated in numerous other Holocaust-related cases against German banks and corporations that stole the assets and labor of Holocaust victims. Cases against German banks seek to recover the assets of Holocaust victims that were confiscated under the Nazis; cases pending against leading German industrial enterprises – many of which are household names today – seek to recover the value of the slave labor that those companies extracted from the bodies of concentration camp inmates.
In addition to these cases, Mr. Levin also prosecuted a class action lawsuit filed against Bayer AG brought by an Indiana resident who was subjected to medical experiments at the hands of the infamous Joseph Mengele involving chemicals supplied by Bayer and other German pharmaceutical companies.
Irwin provides information regarding Holocaust-related litigation in this video.
Irwin’s practice includes the following areas of law:
- Class Action
- Mass Torts
- Commercial Litigation
J.D., Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, 1978
B.A., Political Science, Indiana University, Indianapolis, 1974
Honors: Cum laude
United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1978
United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2001
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1981
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS
Jewish Federation of North America, National Co-Chair- Joshua Society
Board of Directors of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Member
Federal Bar Association
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Indiana Commercial Court Working Group, Member
Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice
Israel Bonds, 1996 – 1998, Indianapolis Chairman
Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, 1996 – 2000, Board Member, 2006 – present, Vice President
American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Indiana Chair, AIPAC National Council