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Government Ethics

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Current and former government employees, at all levels, are subject to a variety of prohibitions and restrictions regarding their conduct, both in and out of the workplace. Laws governing financial holdings, the acceptance of gifts, and employment after government service are just a few of the areas in which the actions of current and former government employees are regulated. Taylor and Cohen LLP provides counsel and representation to individuals seeking to navigate this complicated area of the law or who are under investigation for possible ethics violations.

Representative Matters and Experience

  • Rob Cohen was a member of the leadership team that established New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics, where he served for three years as Special Counsel and Director of Ethics and Lobbying Guidance. He co-led major investigations of New York State elected officials and was a principal author of the investigative report that led to the resignation of Vito Lopez from the New York State Assembly after nearly 30 years in office.
  • Rob Cohen was responsible for issuing official guidance to thousands of current and former New York State employees concerning a multitude of ethics laws and regulations. Additionally, he drafted numerous regulations governing the conduct of New York State employees in areas ranging from the receipt of gifts to outside employment.
  • Taylor & Cohen has represented several former New York City employees in investigations conducted by the New York City Department of Investigation.