Brian M. Cogan was appointed by President George W. Bush on May 4, 2006 and entered on duty June 12, 2006.
Judge Cogan obtained his B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 1975 and his J.D. degree from the Cornell Law School in 1979, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Cornell Law Review. From 1979-1980, Judge Cogan served as Law Clerk for Judge Sidney M. Aronovitz in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Upon completion of his clerkship, Judge Cogan became an associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, where he spent his entire career prior to his appointment to the bench, becoming a partner in 1988 and General Counsel to the Firm in 2004. He had a commercial litigation practice concentrating on complex litigation, accountants liability and securities fraud, insolvency, and cross-border litigation.
Judge Cogan has delivered many lectures and presentations before organizations such as ALI-ABA and the New York City Bar Association. He has also written numerous articles on legal topics, and is the co-author of Bankruptcy Code Impact on Civil Litigation in the Federal Courts, in 4 Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts 803 (R. Haig ed., 2d ed. 2005) and author ofPractice in the Commercial Division, in 3 Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts 501(R. Haig ed., 2d ed. 2005).
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Cogan served as Vice-Chairman of the Mayor’s Committee on the Appointment of City Marshals and was a member of the Appellate Division, First Department, Departmental Disciplinary Committee.