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Burt Cohen Murtha Cullina LLP Of Counsel

Of Counsel

New Haven
Email: bcohen@murthalaw.com
Phone: 203-772-7714
Fax: 203-772-7723

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • Federal District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Education

  • Western New England School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1984)
  • Trinity College (B.A., 1973) (Honors in History)

Burt Cohen


Burt Cohen has practiced law for 32 years in the areas of communications, regulatory and administrative law and related federal and state court litigation. He is a member of the Information Security and Privacy and Communications Law practice groups of Murtha Cullina. 

Burt has wide-ranging experience representing clients before State agencies and in court. He is viewed by his clients as a trusted advisor and effective advocate on complex and cutting edge issues involving cable, broadband and telecommunications providers and other regulated industries. Burt has an extensive track record in administrative hearings and appeals, with an established reputation for working with State regulators and public officials to achieve his clients’ goals.

With an active State tax litigation practice, Burt represents significant taxpayers on corporate business tax, sales and use tax, and other Connecticut tax issues in audits and appeals, as well as in seeking claims for tax refunds, before the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

Burt serves on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Energy, Public Utility & Communications Law Section.  He is on the CBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates and serves as Chair of the CBA’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. 

Burt is also an active participant in diversity initiatives for the Connecticut legal profession.  He is the President of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and he serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the CBA, a group charged with implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Policy of the CBA.  Currently Burt Chairs  the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Murtha Cullina. He is also the former Chair of the Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance and a recipient of its 2012 Equal Access to Justice Award.

He earned his B.A. from Trinity College, and his J.D. summa cum laude from Western New England School of Law.

Representative Published Judicial Decisions

• Cox Cable Advisory Council v. Dept. of Public Utility Control, 259 Conn. 56, cert. denied (2002)
• New England Cable Television Ass’n v. Dept.of Public Utility Control, 247 Conn. 95 (1998)
• Community Television Systems d/b/a TCI Cablevision of South Central CT v. Caruso, 134 F. Supp. 2d 455 (2000)
• Charter Communications Entertainment I, LLC v. Shaw, 163 F. Supp. 2d 121 (D. Conn. 2001)
• Home Box Office v. Champs of New Haven, 837 F. Supp. 480 (D. Conn. 1993)

  • Murtha Cullina Diversity and Inclusion Committee - Chair
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity - President
  • CT Department of Revenue Services working groups on implementation of changes in the Corporation Business Tax Act enacted in 2015 and 2016 - Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member of House of Delegates
  • Connecticut Bar Association – Member of Board of Governors (since June 2012)
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Public Utility Law Section-Executive Committee & Legislative Liaison
  • Connecticut Bar Association – Diversity Committee (co-chair 2013-14)
  • Broadband Internet Coordinating Council - Member
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2017 Distinguished Leader Award
  • New Haven Legal Assistance Association - 2011 Recipient Equal Access to Justice Award
  • West Haven High School Hall of Fame – Inducted in 2008
  • New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame – Inducted in 2013
  • Served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur H. Healey of the Connecticut Supreme Court
  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance - Board Co-Chair (2009 - 2011)
  • West Haven Football Alumni Association – Officer and Board Member
  • New Haven Gridiron Club – Board Member
  • Guilford Youth Football – Assistant Coach 2009 and 2010
Overview

Burt Cohen has practiced law for 32 years in the areas of communications, regulatory and administrative law and related federal and state court litigation. He is a member of the Information Security and Privacy and Communications Law practice groups of Murtha Cullina. 

Burt has wide-ranging experience representing clients before State agencies and in court. He is viewed by his clients as a trusted advisor and effective advocate on complex and cutting edge issues involving cable, broadband and telecommunications providers and other regulated industries. Burt has an extensive track record in administrative hearings and appeals, with an established reputation for working with State regulators and public officials to achieve his clients’ goals.

With an active State tax litigation practice, Burt represents significant taxpayers on corporate business tax, sales and use tax, and other Connecticut tax issues in audits and appeals, as well as in seeking claims for tax refunds, before the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

Burt serves on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Energy, Public Utility & Communications Law Section.  He is on the CBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates and serves as Chair of the CBA’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. 

Burt is also an active participant in diversity initiatives for the Connecticut legal profession.  He is the President of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and he serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the CBA, a group charged with implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Policy of the CBA.  Currently Burt Chairs  the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Murtha Cullina. He is also the former Chair of the Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance and a recipient of its 2012 Equal Access to Justice Award.

He earned his B.A. from Trinity College, and his J.D. summa cum laude from Western New England School of Law.

Representative Published Judicial Decisions

• Cox Cable Advisory Council v. Dept. of Public Utility Control, 259 Conn. 56, cert. denied (2002)
• New England Cable Television Ass’n v. Dept.of Public Utility Control, 247 Conn. 95 (1998)
• Community Television Systems d/b/a TCI Cablevision of South Central CT v. Caruso, 134 F. Supp. 2d 455 (2000)
• Charter Communications Entertainment I, LLC v. Shaw, 163 F. Supp. 2d 121 (D. Conn. 2001)
• Home Box Office v. Champs of New Haven, 837 F. Supp. 480 (D. Conn. 1993)

Memberships
  • Murtha Cullina Diversity and Inclusion Committee - Chair
  • Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity - President
  • CT Department of Revenue Services working groups on implementation of changes in the Corporation Business Tax Act enacted in 2015 and 2016 - Member
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Member of House of Delegates
  • Connecticut Bar Association – Member of Board of Governors (since June 2012)
  • Connecticut Bar Association - Public Utility Law Section-Executive Committee & Legislative Liaison
  • Connecticut Bar Association – Diversity Committee (co-chair 2013-14)
  • Broadband Internet Coordinating Council - Member
Recognition
  • Holds an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Connecticut Law Tribune 2017 Distinguished Leader Award
  • New Haven Legal Assistance Association - 2011 Recipient Equal Access to Justice Award
  • West Haven High School Hall of Fame – Inducted in 2008
  • New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame – Inducted in 2013
  • Served as law clerk to the Honorable Arthur H. Healey of the Connecticut Supreme Court
  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Foundation
Community Activities
  • Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance - Board Co-Chair (2009 - 2011)
  • West Haven Football Alumni Association – Officer and Board Member
  • New Haven Gridiron Club – Board Member
  • Guilford Youth Football – Assistant Coach 2009 and 2010
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Bar & Court Admissions
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • Federal District Court of Connecticut
  • Federal District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Education
  • Western New England School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1984)
  • Trinity College (B.A., 1973) (Honors in History)
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