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Commercial Litigation
Bankruptcy and Reorganization
Business Formation & Transactions
Buying/Selling Businesses
Creditors’ Rights
Loan Workouts
Commercial Landlord Tenant Law
Business and Financial Restructuring
Loan Documentation


University of Iowa, J.D. with distinction, 1992 (Iowa Law Review, Articles’ Editor)
University of Iowa, B.A. Political Science, 1989


Scott is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Arizona and California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Assisted By

Marie Kelly


Scott B. Cohen is a Phoenix based commercial bankruptcy attorney who represents banks, lenders, landlords, guarantors, committees, and other creditors in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights matters, loan workouts, business turnarounds, Chapter 11 reorganizations, receiverships, bankruptcy litigation, and commercial litigation. He regularly appears in U.S. Bankruptcy Court and state court proceedings involving liquidations, Chapter 11 reorganizations, receiverships, and commercial lawsuits. Scott is a leading member of Arizona’s bankruptcy law community, as exemplified by his chairmanship (2011-2012) of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona. He is a Certified Specialist in Business Bankruptcy (American Board of Certification) and also serves as an expert witness in bankruptcy and anti-deficiency matters.



To provide spirited and focused representation of commercial lenders, creditor clients, and financially distressed businesses in achieving negotiated and litigated solutions in bankruptcy and other commercial insolvency matters.





Business Owners


Commercial and Asset Based Lenders

Financial Institutions



Medical Practices



Adult Care Facilities

Banking and Finance


Equipment Leasing


Multi-Family Housing



Real Estate

Restaurants and Hospitality





Board Member of the American Board of Certification

State Bar of Arizona

Past Chair, Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of Arizona 2011-2012

Twice Chaired the Arizona State Bar Convention for the Bankruptcy Section

State Bar of California

American Bar Association

American Bankruptcy Institute

Federal Bar Association

Maricopa County Bar Association

Past Chair, Bankruptcy Section of the Maricopa County Bar Association

Professional Liability Defense Federation – Lender Liability

Turnaround Management Association

Co-chair 2012 Arizona Turnaround Management Awards Program



Southwest Super Lawyers®, Bankruptcy, 2008, 2013-2017

2015 Top Attorneys in Arizona

AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Board Certified – Business Bankruptcy Law – American Board of Certification


Career Highlights

Typical of Scott’s legal engagements are his representation of:

Certain private equity in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy of the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes.

A regional hospital and other out-of-network providers in an involuntary bankruptcy of a third party administrator plan that was wholly owned by another regional hospital, through which Scott worked with his client in the client’s role as chair of the Unsecured Creditors’ Committee to collaborate with debtor’s counsel to confirm a full-payment, Chapter 11 reorganization plan.

A REIT in the Chapter 11 reorganization of a publicly traded private school involving multiple locations and a buyback by the parents.

In addition, Scott has Served as:

Counsel to the Arizona Bankers Association.

Subject Matter Expert on Arizona’s anti-deficiency statutes.

Expert witness on Arizona’s foreclosure laws.

An Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in a currency exchange bankruptcy case involving fraud allegations against the debtor and against a large European bank.

Lead bankruptcy trial counsel on the successful reorganization of an operating company with obligations of approximately $40 million.

Lead bankruptcy trial counsel on the successful reorganization of 150 unit affordable housing project, resulting in a confirmed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization with a 40 year straight amortization and a 4.4% interest rate on the secured debt.

Lead bankruptcy trial counsel in six involuntary bankruptcy cases, representing petitioners in some cases and putative debtors in others.

Creditors’ rights counsel for multiple Arizona municipalities in bankruptcy cases in Arizona and California.

An expert witness in bankruptcy malpractice issues.

An expert witness on Arizona’s anti-deficiency statutes.


Published Opinions

First Southern National Bank v. Sunnyslope Housing Limited Partnership (In re Sunnyslope Housing Limited Partnership), _ F.3d _, (9th Cir. May, 2017)

Compass Bank v. Bennett, 2016 WL 3063779, __ Ariz. __ (App. May 31, 2016)

Arizona Bank & Trust v. James R. Barrons Trust, 237 Ariz. 401 (App. 2015)

In re Tuli, 143 Fed.Appx. 849 (9th Cir. 2005)

In re Tuli, 21 Fed. Appx. 567 (9th Cir. 2001)

In re Rollinson, 322 B.R. 879 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 2005)

In re Sanner, 218 B.R. 941 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1998)

In re Hashim, 188 B.R. 633 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1995)

In re Clark, 179 B.R. 898 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1995)

In re Rhead, 179 B.R. 169 (Bankr. D. Ariz. 1995)



Involuntary Bankruptcy Petitions and Bad Faith as Grounds for Dismissal, Norton Bankr. L. Adviser (March 2016)

An Armistice in the Fight for Anti-Deficiency Reform, Arizona Attorney Magazine (Jan. 2015) (Co-Authored)

Madeleine Wanslee, ABC – Certified Specialist, Takes the Bench, ABI Journal (July 2014)

Scott B. Cohen and Patrick A. Clisham, A Primer on the Valuation of Affordable Housing in Chapter 11, XXXII ABI Journal 4, 52-53, 102-03, May 2013

Contributing Editor to Norton’s Bankruptcy Law and Practice for the 2nd and 3rd editions

“Ragsdale and Its Progeny: A History of Uncertainty and A Way to Predict Decisions Under 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(4)” Texas Bankruptcy Court Reporter, which was also published in the California Bankruptcy Court Reporter, the Colorado Bankruptcy Court Reporter, and a bankruptcy court reporter which covers the 4th Circuit (co-authored)

“Zohlman v. Zoldan: A Marked Improvement in the Jurisprudence of 11 U.S.C. Section 523(a)(4),” which was published in Bankruptcy Court Decisions (co-authored)

“Arizona Anti-Deficiency Laws: A Guide to Navigating Uncertainty,” May 2008 (co-authored)



Frequent speaker at seminars on bankruptcy law, fraudulent transfers, preferences, stay relief, and related topics, including a presentation on lender liability law at the Arizona Bankers Association annual convention.


Community Service

Board Member, Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, Arizona

Past Chair, Pardes Jewish Day School

Past Board Member, American Jewish Commitee

Past Board Member, Council for Jews with Special Needs

Co-Chaired The Honorable Robert G. Mooreman Golf Tournament