Daniel A. Cohen’s practice encompasses decades of experience working with educational institutions and their athletics departments. A dynamic and well-respected lawyer, Dan has been involved in significant sports law and Title IX cases involving major universities and their athletics programs.
Dan counsels universities, colleges and other educational institutions on Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters, athletics strategic planning, name, image, and likeness (NIL) compliance, litigation, sports law, labor and employment, NCAA compliance, school and university law, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
With more than 20 years of experience in higher education athletics matters, Dan's Title IX practice is extensive. He performs athletics audits and compliance reviews, develops strategic planning initiatives, and represents schools in investigations, litigation, and appeals.
Notably, Dan maintains an active NIL practice, including drafting NIL policies for college athletics departments, advising universities on legal and equitable aspects of NIL programs and representing Division I institutions in NIL litigation.
In Title IX sexual misconduct matters, Dan drafts policies and procedures, leads extensive sexual misconduct investigation and adjudication trainings, and conducts investigations. He also litigates Title IX athletics and sexual misconduct matters on behalf of schools, including defending colleges against class actions and investigations by the federal Office for Civil Rights.
Dan has been appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General by two states to represent their public universities in Title IX matters. Since 2019, he has represented universities in every Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference, as well as colleges and universities across 32 states and Washington, D.C., in Title IX matters, including major research institutions in 23 of those states.
Dan is a frequent industry speaker, giving presentations to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), LEAD1, Women Leaders in Sports, Win AD, and various collegiate athletic conferences. He has also led Title IX sexual misconduct trainings for multiple state college systems and individual schools.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
Member, NACUA Student Affairs and Athletics Program Committee
Member, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA)
Member, National Association for Athletics Compliance (NAAC)
Member, Women Leaders in Sports
Board of Advisors Member, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
The Legal 500 United States Industry Focus: Education 2022-2023; Leading Lawyer 2023