Andrew H. Cohn

Retired Partner

Cohn, Andrew H.

Andrew Cohn joined the firm in 1980 and retired in 2015. Mr. Cohn developed a national practice focusing on all aspects of real estate, energy and environmental law, with more than 30 years of experience handling a wide range of transactions and development projects representing 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.


Mr. Cohn's practice included real estate development and finance, equipment leasing, co-generation and waste recycling projects. He 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. 

Mr. Cohn's real estate clients included Lowe's Companies, Boylston Properties, Bose Corporation and Cabot Corporation. His energy clients included GDF/Suez, Ameresco, Energy Management, Intercontinental Energy, and Cape Wind. 

Publications & News


April 17, 2015

WilmerHale Partners Discuss Curtain Wall Litigation Disputes

WilmerHale Partners Brent Gurney and Andy Cohn recently discussed construction disputes, specifically those dealing with the legal and contract issues affecting curtain walls, in a WilmerHale video highlight entitled "Construction Dispute Management Capabilities."

October 30, 2014

Modern Curtain Walls: 4 Simple Steps to Avoiding Costly Disputes & Performance Problems

An article by Brent Gurney and Andrew Cohn, published by Commercial Property Executive on October 30, 2014.

August 12, 2010

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

Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of lawyers in their practice areas.

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 2004-2015 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

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