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Fred Cohen, our cherished partner, friend, and colleague for nearly 20 years, passed away in May 2010 after a lengthy battle against cancer. 
Fred was a recognized expert in litigating false claims act cases, health care matters, patent and trademark infringement matters, class actions, business tort and contract cases, e-commerce issues, and state and local tax challenges. In his distinguished career, he amassed a string of courtroom victories, including obtaining the largest jury verdict in the history of the False Claims Act. 
But Fred was most proud of his pro bono work and the tremendous impact it had on the underrepresented in our society. He served as lead trial counsel in a class action lawsuit on behalf of 600,000 children eligible for Medicaid against the Illinois Departments of Public Aid and Human Services, resulting in a landmark decision vindicating the rights of children to health care. 
He served as co-counsel in a federal lawsuit that challenged the validity of a new federal law requiring 50 million Medicaid recipients and applicants to prove their U.S. citizenship with passports, birth certificates and other special documents or lose their public health care coverage. The resulting litigation leveraged a change to federal law.
But Fred was much more than just a skilled litigator. He was a community leader, serving in leadership positions with the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Public Interest Law Initiative. Fred loved this firm, and we loved him, and it was our privilege and honor to know him. 

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