Vice President for Legal Affairs & Secretary
Michelle Cohen has practiced law for over two decades in Washington, D.C. In 2012, after 20 years in “Big Law,” Michelle joined Ifrah Law, a Chambers-ranked boutique litigation firm, as Chair of the firm’s E-Commerce practice. She continues to represent clients across various industries with privacy and data security, advertising, communications and other e-commerce and digital issues. Michelle’s practice includes defending clients in governmental investigations before the FCC, the FTC, state attorneys generals and other agencies, and in private litigation.
Michelle is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is also a seasoned presenter and author, including articles on the legal issues simultaneously developing along with big data, cyber security, data privacy and e-commerce. She currently serves as an Editorial Board Member for both Digital Business Lawyer (formerly E-finance & Payments Law & Policy) and Payments & FinTech Lawyer (formerly E-Commerce Law & Policy).
In addition to having received the prestigious Martindale-Hubbell AV rating, Michelle was named a 2016 Top Rated Litigator by American Lawyer Media (ALM) and The National Law Journal. In 2013, American Lawyer named her one of Washington D.C.’s Women Leaders in Law, following the year before when she was named an ALM Top Technology Lawyer.
Michelle has a particular interest in women’s career issues, including work-life balance, advancement and retention, and pay equity. She previously served as the Flexible Schedule Coordinator for an AM LAW firm, was the Hiring Partner, and ran the Women’s Initiative program in the firm’s D.C. office. She joined the National Woman’s Party Board of Directors in October 2015, and is excited to help foster the organization’s mission.
Michelle offers her expertise and time through various pro bono programs, is a Special Olympics volunteer, active in alumni networks, and is a member of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C. She is also a former Board member for the Law Firms Division of the United Way of the National Capitol Area and Women in Cable Telecommunications. Michelle received her B.A. from Brandeis University and her J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the Emory Law Journal and the Fyr Scholar. Michelle lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, two sons, and hound dog, “Bandit.”