Ariel Cohen counsels and represents clients in all aspects of labor and employment law, with a focus on multistate matters and the implications of marijuana legislation in the workplace.

    Ariel serves companies of all sizes and helps employers resolve charges of discrimination and other disputes before administrative agencies, as well as provides pre and pending litigation support for a wide variety of employment matters. Ariel also offers e-discovery expertise, including the review of more than a half-million documents.

    Ariel is well versed in all aspects of federal, state and local labor and employment laws, including paid sick leave and paid family leave laws, allowing her to provide guidance to employers with employees across the US. She counsels clients by reviewing and drafting employment policies and employee handbooks to ensure compliance with current laws. Ariel further assists clients by staying up to date on hot topics affecting employers in order to develop training programs for employees, managers and human resource professionals in key areas of employment law. Ariel also conducts a wide variety of workplace investigations involving complaints of misconduct, sexual harassment and discrimination.

    In addition, Ariel has expertise navigating the effects of marijuana in the workplace. She regularly reviews, drafts and advises on company drug policies, including whether companies can consider an applicant’s status as a marijuana user or perform drug testing for marijuana. Ariel likewise counsels clients regarding employers’ obligations to accommodate the use of marijuana. Ariel supports clients by staying current on multistate marijuana regulations for employers and current best practices regarding marijuana use.

    Ariel also has broad experience in civil litigation matters, including defending breach of contract claims, as well as claims of property damage and personal injury.

    While attending law school, Ariel gained experience in risk analysis and compliance, working in the legal division of the Federal Reserve Bank. She externed for Judge Catherine D. Perry at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and worked as a law clerk at the US Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. During her time at Washington University, Ariel served as the managing editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.

    In the community, Ariel serves on the Young Professionals Council of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

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    • Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., Managing Editor, Washington University Journal of Law and Policy, 2017
    • Ohio State University, B.A., 2014


    • Ohio, 2017


    • U.S. Dist. Ct., S. Dist. of Ohio, 2017

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    • Co-author, “DOL Issues Guidance, Clarifying Families First Coronavirus Response Act is Effective April 1 and Answering Some Open Questions,” Employment Law Worldview blog, March 25, 2020.
    • Author, “Ohio Orders All Non-Essential Workers to Stay Home,” Employment Law Worldview blog, March 23, 2020.
    • Co-author, “New York Governor Enacts Emergency Paid Sick Leave Bill to Address Coronavirus,” Employment Law Worldview blog, March 19, 2020.
    • Co-author, “New York State of Mind: New Paid Sick Leave Bill to Address Coronavirus,” Employment Law Worldview blog, March 18, 2020.
    • Co-author, “State Law Round Up: Philadelphia’s Salary History Ban Upheld and More!” Employment Law Worldview blog, February 12, 2020.
    • Co-author, “Year-End State Law Roundup: Get Ready for 2020!” Employment Law Worldview blog, December 4, 2019.
    • Co-author, “New York Strengthens Data Privacy and Security Protections: Employers Must Adopt Safeguards,” Employment Law Worldview blog, October 23, 2019.
    • Presenter, “Cutting Through the Haze: Substance Abuse Policies in Today’s Workplace,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 22, 2019.
    • Presenter, “Sometimes, Even Superheroes Need Leave,” L&E Annual Seminar (CLE), October 22, 2019.
    • Co-author, “State Law Round-Up: Wage Theft Laws (MN, NJ) and Restrictions on Non-Compete Agreements (ME, MD, NH, OR, RI, WA),” Employment Law Worldview blog, September 17, 2019.
    • Author, “Salary History Bans Continue to Gain Momentum Across the Country,” Employment Law Worldview blog, September 11, 2019.
    • Author, “New Jersey Expands Medical Marijuana Protections: Employees Hit Big,” Employment Law Worldview blog, August 6, 2019.
    • Co-author, “State Law Round-Up: Minnesota Criminal Penalties for Wage Law Violations; New York Wage Gap and Hairstyle Discrimination; Pregnancy and Nursing Protections in Maine,” Employment Law Worldview blog, July 24, 2019.
    • Author, “Nevada Blazes a Path; First State to Ban Pre-Employment Marijuana Testing,” Employment Law Worldview blog, June 12, 2019.
    • Author, “New York City and New Mexico Protect Employees Who Are Medical Marijuana Users,” Employment Law Worldview blog, May 15, 2019.
    • Co-author, “State Law Round-Up: Minimum Wage Hikes (MD, NM, CA); Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act; New Jersey Employee Rights; New York Voting Leave; Salary History Bans (OH, NM),” Employment Law Worldview blog, April 17, 2019.

    • Panelist, The Young Professionals Council of Nationwide Children’s Hospital Coffee Chat: Positive Mental Health with Dr. Parker Huston, June 2020

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