Rachelle H. Cohen

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Rachelle Cohen’s areas of practice include business and real estate transactions, estate planning, and legal ethics consulting.

She serves as an outside “in-house” counsel to many of her clients and provides day-to-day guidance on legal challenges that arise in her clients’ businesses. 

Rachelle speaks and writes frequently about business entities and transactions and legal ethics.  In addition, she has taught a course at the USC Gould School of Law on contract drafting and strategy.


  • Corporate transactions
  • Estate planning
  • Advising on legal ethics


  • State Bar of California
  • Los Angeles County


  • Cornell University, BS Business Management, 1997
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 2001


  • Update Author of CEB 3rd Edition of Advising California Partnerships;
  • Summer Vacation Planning for Attorneys, California Lawyers Association eNews, May 2, 2022;
  • “Informal Consultations with Outside Lawyers: How Much Can Be Shared?”, The Practitioner, California Lawyers Association, March 1, 2021;
  • “Rule 7.3 examined: texts and messaging as solicitations”, Los Angeles Daily Journal, February 28, 2020.
  • Litigation Financing: A Focus on the Lawyer’s Duty of Confidentiality, Los Angeles Count Bar Association Update, October 1, 2019;
  • California Court of Appeals Opinion – Statutory California Partner Buy-Out Rights Do Not Apply to Foreign LLCs and LPs, CLA Partnerships and LLCs Committee E-Bulletin, April 4, 2019;
  • Court Holds Reverse Triangular Merger Does Not Change Title To Real Estate, CLA Corporations Committee E-Bulleting, October 11, 2018.
  • New Rules of Professional Conduct Changes Requiring Reporting Up of Illegal Conduct in Representing Organizations, CLA Partnerships and LLCs Committee E-Bulletin, October 3, 2018;
  • “California’s New LLC Law is Coming: Prepare for its Arrival” State bar Business Law Committee – distributed at various presentations;
  • “All Grown Up: The New LLC Law and Fiduciary Duties” State Bar Business Law News, Issue 2, 2013;
  • “Law Firm Dissolutions: Who Gets the Results of Unfinished Business?” State bar Business Law Section, E-news, July 9, 2012


  • State Bar of California, Business Law Section; Chair of Partnerships and LLC Committee, 2014 – 2015
  • California Lawyers Association, Business Law Section: Co-Chair of Corporations Committee, 2020-2021.
  • California Lawyers Association, Ethics Committee, Member, 2019-present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee, Vice Chair 2020-21
  • Century City Bar Association, Board Member, 2018-present


  • Co-Chair of the California Lawyers Association (CLA) Corporations Committee, 2020-2021
  • Vice Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Ethics Committees, current
  • Member, CLA Civics Engagement and Ethics Committees
  • Board member, Century City Bar Association


  • “Practical Discussion of Ethics Odds and Ends”, Los Angeles County Bar Association Ethics Symposium, June 14, 2022;
  • “Practical Discussion of Ethics Odds and Ends”, Los Angeles County Bar Association Ethics Symposium, June 14, 2022;
  • “Legal Ethics Briefing: A Look Back at 2021”, California Lawyers Association and Beverly Hills Bar Association webinar, January 2022;
  • “You’re Fired! Thinking Through a Corporate Client’s Firing of a Business Litigator”, co-presenter, CLA Solo and Small Firm Summit, June 2021;
  • “Communicating with Clients, Potential Clients, and the Nonclients Under the Rules of Professional Conduct”, co-presenter, Mexican-American Bar Association MCLE Day, January 25, 2020;
  • “Professional Responsibility in California: Past, Present & Future”, co-presenter, CLA Annual Meeting, October 2019;
  • “Overview of California’s New Rules of Professional Conduct: What Every Lawyer Should Know”, co-presenter, Century City Bar Association, January 2019.
  • “Avoiding and Managing Conflicts Under California’s Ethics Rules”, Lawline.com, January 2019;
  • “Why Delaware? A Spirited Conversation about LLC Formation”, co-presenter, CLA Partnerships and Limited Liability Program, January 2018;
  • State Bar Solo and Small Firm Summit – Employment / Independent Contractor Distinctions, California State Bar Annual Meeting, 2013 and 2014;
  • USC Gould School of Law, Course 710, Contract Drafting and Strategy (Summer, 2015)