David J. Cohen

Of Counsel - Philadelphia Office

604 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
P: (215) 873- 4836
E: dcohen@stephanzouras.com
  • $4,600,000 settlement
    on behalf of Friendly’s Servers allowed to perform unpaid off-the-clock work and paid tipped minimum wage rates for untipped work.

  • $3,000,000 settlement
    on behalf of First National Bank of PA account holders whose checking/debit card transactions were re-sequenced to maximize the Bank’s overdraft fee revenues.

  • $2,400,000 settlement
    on behalf of American Home Bank Loan Officers who were paid on a commission-only basis and classified as exempt from federal overtime pay requirements.

David J. Cohen is a highly skilled and successful class-action lawyer.

David has spent twenty-four years fighting to protect the rights of thousands of healthcare professionals, financial and insurance industry employees, IT professionals, franchisees, warehouse workers, restaurant workers, transportation workers, cable installers, security guards, pizza delivery drivers, consumers, and union members. David prides himself on making himself available to his clients day and night, working to understand their complaints, framing their claims precisely and aggressively pursuing the best possible result.

David has been lead counsel and co-lead counsel in dozens of significant employment and consumer matters, including:

  • Turner v. Mercy Health System, the first wage and hour class action to challenge a health system’s ability to pay overtime wages calculated on a pay-period basis;
  • Outlaw v. Secure Health, the first FLSA collective action to recover overtime wages for healthcare worker uniform maintenance work;
  • Heindel v. Merck, the first class action accusing Merck of consumer fraud for failing to disclose the cardiovascular risks of Vioxx; and
  • Cirulli v. Hyundai Motor America, a class action that caused Hyundai to implement a massive, nationwide recall to replace rusting sub-frames in millions of vehicles.

Professional and
Community Activities

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Member

  • Philadelphia Bar Association Member

  • University of Chicago Alumni Interviewer

  • Foundation for First Responders and Firefighters Sponsor

  • Union League of Philadelphia Member

  • Street Tails Animal Rescue Foster Care Sponsor

  • Lombard Swim Club Member

  • Philadelphia Bar Association Legal-Line Volunteer

  • University of Chicago "Wisr" Alumni Mentoring Network

  • American Bar Association Member

  • Head House Conservancy Board Member

  • AIDS Services in Asian Communities (ASIAC) Sponsor

  • Friends of Inglis House Volunteer

  • Old City Civic Association Board Member, Executive Committee Member and Secretary

  • Temple University Beasley School of Law Moot Court Honor Society Judge

Publications

  • Arbittier & Simon’s Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Civil Practice Manual (9th Ed.) Contributor to sections on class actions, motions and statutory appeals

  • Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas “Civil Trial Division at a Glance,” Statutory Appeals Program author

  • Pennsylvania Bar Institute “Class Action Suits in State and Federal Courts: Amchem Products, Inc. v. Windsor and its Legacy” contributor

Education

University of Chicago, B.A. (cum laude), 1991

Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1994

Admitted to Practice:
New Jersey State Courts, 1994
Pennsylvania State Courts, 1995
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2001
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2010
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2015
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1994
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1999
United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2012
United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 2012

Admitted Pro Hac Vice:
United States District Court for the District of Columbia
United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

What Our Clients Are Saying

The law firm, Stephan Zouras, handled a matter for me that was very problematic - I cannot be too specific because of the nondisclosure agreement, but suffice it to say that they came through for me FAR beyond my expectations - TWICE, in TWO separate cases. I will DEFINITELY use them in the future if I ever have any similar cases against unfair employers. Anyone that thinks attorneys are not accessible needs to hire this firm. Every staff member (Kerry, Ryan, many others) was polite, and professional, understanding, kind, and sympathetic. Thanks again, to all of you on my settlement!

Don D.

Jim Zouras is a dedicated and caring professional who fights for the rights of ordinary people. Throughout what could have been a difficult process, I always felt Jim “had my back” and was looking out for my best interests.

Stephanie L.

Ryan represented me and my co-workers as part of a large class-action lawsuit against our former employer for multiple violations of labor law. I did not choose him myself, but am so glad somebody found him because he is one of the best attorneys I've ever met. He is dedicated and driven by a sense of moral justice which is increasingly uncommon in any industry today. When working with me, he was incredibly professional combining a sense of empowerment and ferocity in his approach. He is sensitive to his clients' needs and is able to craft a deadly offense while maintaining only the position that his client(s) desire. He ensures that his clients get a stellar advocate in court who will serve as their voice. He won our case resulting in recompense for hard-working people who were unfairly denied pay for work they performed for their company across the course of several years. If you are looking for an OUTSTANDING attorney, Ryan Stephan is your guy.

Erica

I worked with Andy Ficzko, an associate of Stephan Zouras. I cannot thank the team, especially Andy, enough for helping me to settle a dispute that I had for a few years. I didn't know where to go and am so thankful that I was directed to use this group. Andy worked hard and was persistent in getting a settlement for me. He always kept me in the loop, did what was in my best interest and never gave up. After years in this dispute, it only took a few short months for Andy to help me walk away with a win. He worked hard to help me and I am so appreciative to him! This is the best group around! Thank you and here's to continued success!!

Jennifer S.

Stephan Zouras law firm is one of the best. My personal experience with Teresa and the firm was phenomenal. Teresa always kept me informed and genuinely showed she cared. I would recommend this firm and Teresa to anyone looking for honest people that will fight for you and go the extra mile.

LaChelle

I worked with Jim Zouras and it was a pleasure. He told us what to expect and what NOT to expect, and that is exactly how things happened. He talked to me like I had a brain but was not a lawyer and I appreciated that. Hope I never need him again but would hire him again in a second.

April W.

I was always kept in the loop with my suit, and their persistence has paid off in the long run. I would recommend this firm to anyone looking to do a class action lawsuit. Ryan and the staff at Stephan Zouras are the best!

Liz F.

I was a part of a class action suit which Teresa Becvar handled. Numerous times I had questions and Teresa always returned my phone calls or emails quickly. She was courteous and knowledgeable and encouraging. I am feeling so blessed with the outcome of our lawsuit and I appreciate everything STEPHAN ZOURAS LLP, ATTORNEYS AT LAW DID FOR ME.

Erika

If you need a hard-working, detailed, compassionate and cooperative class action attorney, this is your guy [Andy Ficzko]! He keeps in constant contact so you are always in the loop. No question goes unanswered and he makes you feel valued. Unlike some lawyers, he is not pretentious, but very professional and thorough. He handled my case seamlessly and it only required one visit to his office. From beginning to end, my case was completed in about 11 months. I am very happy with the outcome of my case!

Cheryl

Ryan worked me while I was part of class action against a former employer who was in violation of various labor laws. He was very pleasant to work with. My overall experience with the firm was very positive and I highly recommend him and his team.

Hassan

Jim Zouras and the legal team at Stephan Zouras did a thorough and outstanding job recovering overtime wages against a former employer. The case was handled as a class action, and Jim and his staff were complete professionals in promptly responding to calls, emails, answering questions, and keeping all of us informed throughout the process. They are dedicated to their work and exceeded our expectations. I would gladly recommend their services to anyone having issues with their employer.

Kristin

A great firm to deal with - very personable. Kept up to date on the case and always gave me options. Ryan, his staff and the receptionist were all very nice and helpful at all times. Very satisfied with the results of the case. If you ever need an attorney he will be there for you and walk you through it.

Brent

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