Mr. Kohane is a nationally recognized insurance coverage counselor with a statewide and national practice who serves as an expert witness, conducts extensive training, consultation and in-house seminars on this highly specialized practice. Mr. Kohane is also known in the industry for his comprehensive newsletter, Coverage Pointers, a bi-weekly publication summarizing important insurance coverage decisions in New York courts with overviews of other jurisdictions.
A senior member at Hurwitz & Fine, P.C., Mr. Kohane has concentrated his practice in the area of insurance coverage and extra-contractual coverage serving regional, national and international clients. An accomplished trial lawyer and litigator, Mr. Kohane is also active behind the scenes, advising clients on a broad range of matters involving litigation including insurance coverage, bad faith, tort defense and professional ethics. Mr. Kohane also has extensive experience mediating complex casualty and insurance coverage disputes. He serves on the American Arbitration Association Complex Coverage Neutral Evaluation Panel and Commercial Arbitration panels.
Mr. Kohane is a graduate of University at Buffalo Law School where he has been teaching Insurance Law as an adjunct professor for over a quarter century. He received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
The first recipient of the Young Lawyer’s Award from the Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law (TICL) Section of the New York State Bar Association, he was the 2013 recipient of the John E. Leach Memorial Award for outstanding service and distinguished contributions to the legal profession.
He heads the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Extracontractual Liability, Class Actions/Mass Torts and ADR practice groups. An active industry participant, Mr. Kohane is past president and board chair of the highly selective Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), having previously chaired the FDCC’s Insurance Coverage Section. He is a former director of DRI where he is a member of the Insurance Law Steering Committee, chaired the 2010 Insurance Coverage and Practice Symposium. He is also a former director of the Lawyers for Civil Justice. He is a founding member of the Board of Regents of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. Mr. Kohane co-authored the Insurance Law chapter in the most recent annual survey of New York law for the Syracuse Law Review of Syracuse University College of Law.
Mr. Kohane is a member of the TICL Section of the New York State Bar Association, the Erie County Bar Association and the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association.
Also an active member of the Western New York community, Mr. Kohane is past chair of the Board of Managers of the Buffalo Convention Center, chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Buffalo Convention and Visitors Bureau and serves as counsel to the Board of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.