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H. Adam Cohen

H. Adam Cohen is a shareholder of SPC. His practice areas include eminent domain, condemnation, real property tax appeals, and commercial litigation. Possessing more than 20 years' experience in these areas of the law, Mr. Cohen has obtained trial verdicts and negotiated settlements for tens of millions of dollars in cases throughout the State of Michigan. He is the Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan's Eminent Domain Committee, and was honored by the "Detroit's Best Lawyers" publication as the 2012 Eminent Domain and Condemnation Lawyer of the year. Mr. Cohen has served as lead counsel in numerous significant condemnation actions and property tax appeals, representing owners of commercial, industrial, office, research and development, multi-family, manufactured home, and vacant acreage properties.

For his expertise in the specialties of eminent domain and condemnation, Mr. Cohen is listed in every edition of "The Best Lawyers in America" since 2007. For those years he was also selected by his peers as one of Michigan's "Super Lawyers" in the field of eminent domain. Fewer than 5% of Michigan's attorneys attain "Super Lawyers" status. Mr. Cohen is a recipient of Martindale-Hubbell's "AV" designation – the highest rating awarded for ethical standards and legal ability, and is recognized in both "dBusiness" and "Hour Detroit" magazines as a "Top" lawyer in Metropolitan Detroit.

Adam Cohen and his partner, Jerome Pesick, obtained the largest condemnation verdict in Michigan history: $25 million for a 6.3 acre, vacant parcel on Detroit's riverfront. Additionally, according to a survey conducted by Washington D.C.'s Institute for Justice, Mr. Cohen handled the only condemnation appeal in the country in 2003 where a landowner successfully challenged the constitutionality of a government's attempted taking in both a trial and appellate court.

Mr. Cohen was selected at the age of 33 for inclusion in year 2000 Crain's Detroit Business magazine's prestigious "40 Under 40" feature for trying five condemnation cases for property owners during a seven-month period, achieving verdicts in several cases for more than four times the government's offers.

Mr. Cohen's memberships include: the American Bar Association, where he is an active Member of the Sections on Real Property and Litigation, and the Committee on Condemnation, Zoning, and Land Use; the State Bar of Michigan, where he formerly served as Council Member of the Section on Litigation and continues to serve as a Chairman of the Committee on Eminent Domain; and the Oakland County Bar Association, where he is a Sustaining Member and past Chair of the Case Evaluation Committee.

Adam Cohen has authored numerous articles in legal and real estate periodicals and trade journals, including "The General Effects of the Michigan Supreme Court's 'General Effects' Decision in Department of Transportation vs Tomkins; "Governmental Damages;" "Navigating the Uncharted Seas of Partial Acquisitions from an Owner's Viewpoint;" "Recent Cases Clarify Eminent Domain Litigation Questions;" "Municipalities Pushing Envelope on Condemnation?;" "The Admissibility of Offers and Purchase Agreements as Evidence of Value in Condemnation Trials;" and "Michigan's Constitution Protects Business Owners Who Relocate Due to Takings by Eminent Domain;" among others. He frequently lectures at state and national eminent domain conferences.

Mr. Cohen has attended condemnation seminars and appraisal courses across the country. He has served as counsel of record in condemnation projects including Comerica Park and Ford Field (Detroit's baseball and football stadia), Detroit Waterfront Reclamation and Casino Redevelopment Project (Casinos), I-696, M-59 (Hall Road), M-5 (Haggerty Connector), M-24 (Lapeer Road), Detroit Metropolitan Airport Expansion, Jefferson-Chalmers Rehabilitation Project, Flint Bishop International Airport Expansion, Novi Ring Road, Canton Center Road, Wayne State University Welcome Center, Wayne County Pinnacle Aeropark, UPTRAN Terminal, Ypsilanti's Water Street Redevelopment, dozens of road widening projects, and many others.

H. Adam Cohen is a graduate of George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1992, and Tulane University, B.A., cum laude, 1989.