Andrew H. Cohn


Co-Chair, Energy Law Group

Cohn, Andrew H.

Andrew Cohn has developed a national practice focusing on all aspects of real estate, energy and environmental law. He has more than 30 years of experience handling a wide range of transactions and development projects and has represented power generators, investors, developers, suppliers and operators in joint ventures, acquisitions, leases, long-term supply contracting and major financing transactions. Mr. Cohn is the former chair of the Real Estate Practice Group and is a member of the Energy and Cleantech Practice Group.


Mr. Cohn's practice includes real estate development and finance, equipment leasing, co-generation and waste recycling projects. He has handled major transactions in more than 20 states, involving the financing and development of office buildings, research and development facilities, shopping centers, hotels, warehouses and marinas. He also has extensive experience with leasing, management agreements, construction and ground leasing.

Among Mr. Cohn's real estate clients are Lowe's Companies, Boylston Properties, Bose Corporation and Cabot Corporation. His energy clients include GDF/Suez, Ameresco, Energy Management, Intercontinental Energy, and Cape Wind. He has handled a large number of major local and regional development projects, including mixed use projects involving hotels, residential, office and retail elements.

Publications & News


August 15, 2013

Best Lawyers in America® 2014 Recognizes Nearly 100 WilmerHale Partners, Naming Eight “Lawyer of the Year”

Nearly 100 WilmerHale lawyers have been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America®—a respected peer-review publication in the legal industry. The 2014 list also highlights eight WilmerHale partners who have been named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers.

August 12, 2010

90 WilmerHale Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America® 2011

August 10, 2009

100 WilmerHale Lawyers Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2010

December 1, 2008

WilmerHale Widely Recognized by The Best Lawyers In America 2009

September 6, 2007

WilmerHale Receives Top Rankings in The Best Lawyers in America 2008

September 6, 2006

Ninety-Two WilmerHale Lawyers Selected For Inclusion In The Best Lawyers In America 2007

September 2, 2005

Eighty-Six Lawyers Named to The Best Lawyers in America

Professional Activities

Mr. Cohn has served as the chair of the Real Estate Section of the Boston Bar Association, as well as chair of the BBA Commercial Real Estate Development and Finance Committee. He speaks frequently on construction lending, development matters and Massachusetts water-rights laws, and is a member of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, where he serves on the Environmental Controls Committee. He also is a member of the Federal Energy Bar Association and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Mr. Cohn was a fellow at the MIT-Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies, a Russell Sage Foundation fellow in law and social science, a teaching fellow at Harvard University and a research fellow at University College in Nairobi, Kenya.

He is a member of the Yale Law School Association of Massachusetts and has served as regional representative of the school's alumni association.

Honors & Awards

  • Honored in 2014 for his commitment to providing justice to landlords and tenants by the Boston Bar Association Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court Program
  • Listed in current editions of The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who's Who in America
  • Recognized in the 2004-2013 issues of Boston Magazine as a "New England Super Lawyer" (formerly "Massachusetts Super Lawyer")


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JD, Yale Law School, 1975, Note and Projects Editor, Yale Law Journal

PhD, Harvard University, 1972

MA, Harvard University, 1970

BA, History, with honors, University of Pennsylvania, 1966

Bar Admissions



The Hon. Edward M. McEntee, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1975 - 1976