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.