About Michael H. Cohen Law Group

We provide legal strategies and solutions to businesses that accelerate health & wellness

History

The Michael H Cohen Law Group was founded in 1999 to represent health and wellness products and technologies, practices, and ventures, that fuel the ability of healthcare technology to accelerate health and wellness.

The firm’s mission statement reflected the firm’s focus on health and wellness as its commitment “to the alleviation of suffering, to the regeneration of spirit, and to the endless unfolding of the human heart.” We have always understood “medicine,” in the “broadest sense, to encompass all global healing traditions – whether ancient or modern, tribal or technological, herbal or pharmaceutical; whether based on the biochemistry of the body of the anatomy of the spirit.” See our publications and resources.

After founding the firm, Michael H. Cohen, Founder & President, spent five years on faculty at Harvard Medical School, as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, and then as Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, as Director of Legal Programs for the Harvard Medical School Osher Institute. In this unusual position, Michael developed policies and procedures governing integrative medicine across all 14 Harvard-affiliated hospitals, laying the groundwork for subsequent client representation across healthcare technologies and platforms.

In 2005, Michael teamed up with Alan Dumoff, an attorney and social worker widely known for his pioneering work in representing multidisciplinary clinical care facilities and entities. Together, they grew a practice spanning numerous and complex new approaches to the improvement of human health. Recently, the firm added Randy Berholtz, who started his career at the Cravath firm and has been General Counsel to numerous healthcare ventures, including pharmaceutical companies. Meet our Team.

Today, the firm provides thought leadership in the trillion-dollar health and wellness industry. Our attorneys and affiliates represent clients from Sydney to London to Dubai to New York; from acupuncture clinics to cord blood cell banks, addiction treatment facilities, sleep centers, medical spas, telemedicine start-ups, mobile medical app developers, and manufacturers and distributors of dietary supplements, cosmetics, and medical devices. Meet our Clients.

Whether you are a start-up or established venture, we develop legal strategy for your health and wellness business, navigating the legal and regulatory maze, to accelerate your business success. We welcome your call. Contact us now or book a legal strategy session.

Books by Michael H. Cohen

Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
This is the first book on the emerging moral and legal authority on which the safe and effective practice of complementary, alternative, and integrative health care can rest. The book covers regulatory legal issues from licensure and malpractice (both by MD’s and by holistic health providers) to physician discipline. Originally published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 1998, it is still timely, laying the foundation for the major categories of legal rules applicable to integrative medicine.
Future Medicine
Future Medicine
Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation follows Cohen’s earlier work, Beyond Complementary Medicine, and takes the reader a bit deeper into energy healing, synthesizing insights from the world’s great mystical traditions (the “perennial wisdom”) with trends in law and medicine. Future Medicine describes a likely evolution of the legal system and the health care system at the crossroads of developments in the way human beings care for body, mind, emotions, environment, and soul.
Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine
Legal Issues in Integrative Medicine
Here is a practical guide for consumers, hospitals, doctors and lawyers about the legal (and sometimes institutional) ramifications of seeking, referring and using complementary and alternative therapies. Issues such as malpractice liability, informed consent, and advising patients on dietary supplements are included.
Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion
Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion
This book focuses on social, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of integrative care and grounds the analysis in the attendant legal, regulatory, and institutional changes brought by integrative medicine. It will be of interest not only to physicians and other clinicians, health care institutions, and health care consumers, but also to scholars in philosophy, religion, and other disciplines in the humanities.
Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal and Operation Guide
Practice of Integrative Medicine: A Legal and Operation Guide
Based on interviews with over 20 health care providers and facilities who have successfully combined integrative medicine in their practices, this book outlines the pitfalls, legal road-blocks, and benefits of bringing complementary and integrative medicine into daily health care routines.
A Question Of Time
A Question Of Time
A Question Of Time is a novel about consciousness, focusing on Ericksonian hypnosis, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) and the journey within. It is based on actual experience, but fictionalized, and gradually shows the descent of the protagonist from external concerns into the dream landscape of the unconscious.
A Friend of all Faiths
A Friend of all Faiths
A Friend of all Faiths is a memoir of inner and outer life, bridging Wall Street, Berkeley, Harvard, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and my simultaneous life as a lawyer and a seminarian.

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