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Ross D. Cohen serves as Co-Leader of the Federal Tax Team and concentrates his practice on federal tax transactional and planning issues of partnerships, joint ventures, limited liability companies and S and C corporations.

With broad experience in tax and business law, he works closely with clients to help them achieve their legal and tax structuring goals and also focuses on the federal tax aspects of income deferral and executive compensation.Ross advises clients as to the legal and tax consequences of various business transactions, including formations, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, internal restructurings, divestitures and angel investing.

He also assists nonprofit organizations with formation and obtaining tax-exempt status, and counsels tax-exempt organizations with respect to compliance matters, including analysis of revenue streams as unrelated business taxable income. Ross is also experienced in planning and implementing transactions involving captive insurance companies (including 831(b) microcaptives), such as mergers, conversions, domestications, terminations and wind downs.

Ross was selected as a "Forty Under 40" by Louisville Business First and a "Top Lawyer" in Tax Law by Louisville Magazine. He is the co-author of the "Kentucky Limited Liability Company, Forms and Practice Manual."

Career Highlights


  • M&A Today Global Award in the category of Kentucky Corporate Tax Law Firm of the Year, 2016
  • Named to Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyers” List in the area of Tax Law, 2016
  • Named to Business First of Louisville's “Forty Under 40” list, 2015
  • Lewis W. Cole Memorial Young Leadership Award, The Jewish Community of Louisville, 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers® "Kentucky Rising Stars" list, 2013-2017
  • Top Lawyer - Tax Law, Louisville Magazine, March 2014
  • Tax: Business, Business/Corporate, Nonprofit Organizations
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Brandeis Honor Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Brandeis School of Law Professional Responsibility Award
  • Karen Allen Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Corporate & Constitutional Law
  • Who's Who: American Law Students
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
  • Law School Book Awards:
    • Business Organizations
    • Corporate Taxation
    • Criminal Procedure I
    • Decedents' Estates & Trusts
    • Estate & Gift Taxation
    • Federal Income Taxation
    • Law & Economic Analysis
    • Professional Responsibility


Professional Affiliations

  • Louisville Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • Kentucky Bar Association (Tax Section)
  • American Bar Association (Tax Section)

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Chair, Kentucky Bar Association Tax Section (2010-2011)
  • Officer, Kentucky Bar Association Tax Section (2007-2011)
  • Chair, Louisville Bar Association Tax Section (2009-2010)

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Current board member, Help US Grow Foundation
  • Member, Finance and Foundation Committees of Jewish Community of Louisville (current)
  • Member, Committee for Planning the LBA's Annual Charity Golf Outing (2007-2009)
  • Member, Golf Committee, Standard Country Club (2006-2007)


Contributions & Published Works





  • "Corporate Tax Code Changes," State & Federal Tax Reform Summit, Kentucky Chamber, June 25, 2018
  • "Allocations and Substantial Economic Effect" ABA Business Law Section’s 2017 LLC Institute, November 2, 2017
  • "Tax Issues Related to Equity Compensation for LLC's" Business Associations Law Institute, March 26, 2015
  • "Tax Exempt Organizations from Start to Finish," NBI Seminar, June 30, 2014
  • "Tax Implications of the Deal Structure," Mergers & Acquisitions: Nuts and Bolts, National Business Institute, March 8, 2012
  • “Tax Issues in Intellectual Property Transactions,” Louisville Bar Association, June 14, 2011
  • “Essential Skills for Drafting LLC Agreements,” National Business Institute, September 26, 2007



University of Kentucky, B.A., Economics, magna cum laude, 2000
University of Louisville, J.D., magna cum laude, 2004
New York University, LL.M., Taxation, 2005

  • Kentucky, 2004
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, 2009
    United States Tax Court, 2005
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