David L. Cohen was Chair of Ballard Spahr from 1998 to 2002. Under Mr. Cohen's leadership, the firm grew from 242 to more than 400 lawyers, through lateral hires and added practice groups. Mr. Cohen made significant additions to the real estate, intellectual property, and labor and employment practices in particular, and was renowned for attracting top legal talent.

Mr. Cohen started his career as an associate at Ballard Spahr after clerking for the Honorable Joseph S. Lord III, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. He became a partner, practicing in the areas of complex antitrust, securities, and health litigation and counseling, and left in the late 1980s to serve as press secretary and campaign manager to then Philadelphia District Attorney Ed Rendell. He later became Chief of Staff to the newly elected Philadelphia Mayor Rendell, serving in that role from January 1992 to April 1997, when he rejoined the firm as Chair-Elect.

Mr. Cohen resigned his partnership at the firm in July 2002 to join Comcast Corporation as Executive Vice President. At Comcast, he has a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, public affairs, legal affairs, corporate administration, and community investment. He serves as senior counselor to the CEO and as Chief Diversity Officer for the company.

Mr. Cohen earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1981, and his B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1977.