Adjunct Professor Richard B. Cohen received his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of Washington in 1971. After being admitted to practice in Washington State in 1971, he began his legal career working for the San Francisco Office of the United States Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. He was admitted to practice in California in 1978. He remained with the Antitrust Division until 1989, at which time he became Senior Counsel for First Interstate Bank. In 1991, he returned to the Antitrust Division.
During his 32 years with the Antitrust Division, Professor Cohen has handled the full gamut of antitrust cases. The bulk of his work involves the investigation and prosecution of criminal antitrust cases including international cartels. He has participated in numerous merger investigations. In addition, he has handled several civil non-merger antitrust cases involving interpretations of antitrust exemptions provided by such statutes as the Capper-Volstead Act, Rishermen's Collective Marketing Act, Interstate Commerce Act and the National Labor Relations Act.