Our Story

We formed Cohen Durrett, LLP, based on a simple principle. Be of service to our clients, even if that means not taking the case. We believe that businesses deserve good service, but sometimes attorneys do more damage than good. We believe our first obligation is to determine how the client can best be helped, and sometimes that does not require an attorney.

Next we thought about the needs of every business…and structured our law practice around the three main needs of every company: Each needs a business FORM (corporation, partnership, etc.); each needs a PLACE to operate (the commercial establishment) and almost every business needs EMPLOYEES to help run the business. With these three areas covered, we realized that because no business can completely shield itself from lawsuits, we added litigation to our areas of practice.

Our attorneys have vast experience in Commercial Real Estate; Employment & Labor Law; Corporate and Business Law, as well as Succession and Estate Planning, and of course, Litigation. We serve a diverse range of clients from large companies to small businesses to one-person operations as well as individuals and families from the community at large.

We are dedicated to helping our clients navigate complex legal matters effectively and efficiently. With your input and specific needs in mind, we interpret the constantly changing business conditions and provide practical solutions to meet your goals.

We avoid litigation when reasonable to do so; but when necessary, we will aggressively defend your rights in court.

Thank you for your interest in Cohen Durrett, LLP. We invite you to learn more about who we are and look forward to working with you.

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Why Hire Us?

Reputation matters when you need to hire an attorney. Our history of success and long-time clients in the greater Sacramento area and beyond speak for themselves.

Our attorneys have significant legal experience and established contacts within their practice areas. We utilize all of the tools at our disposal to deliver the best possible results for you. Regardless of the size of your business or scope of matter, you can count on our attorneys to respond to your concerns promptly and effectively.


“Dave Cohen is an attorney that my law firm solely utilizes for our personnel issues because he is knowledgeable, extremely responsive and has a fair headed approach to our legal needs.”

Daniel P. Murdock, Co-Founder and Partner, Llarena, Murdock, Lopez & Motschenbacher, APC
“We have relied on CohenDurrett, LLP, for nearly 20 years. They have always provided us with the great counsel and we also appreciate their responsiveness and professionalism. I can heartily recommend them.”
Kathy A. Fleming, Executive Director, Fairytale Town

“When a creditor of one of our contractors froze our accounts, we contacted John McCardle for help. His quick response prevented the creditor from obtaining our funds, and his aggressive action resulted in the creditor withdrawing all claims without resort to costly litigation. Thanks to John, we were able to avoid a potential financial nightmare quickly and at minimal cost.”

Mai Saepan and Nai Saepharn, Kayros, LLC

“Twice I have hired John McCardle for my legal problems and I would hire him again. John listened to my issues, was very candid and helped me resolve my problems. The first time I hired John was to resolve an inheritance fight that plagued my family; some family members were ready to take the fight to the grave. John created a legal document that was agreeable to all and resolved the fight. I am pleased that the fight is over and to have better harmony in the family. The second time I hired John was regarding a car hauler trailer that an old friend would not return. Again, John, drafted a letter that resolved my problem. I see John as my legal counsel.”

Eli Hill
“We first hired CohenDurrett, LLP, almost 25 years ago, so we have had a very long-term relationship. They have provided Burrell Consulting Group, Inc. with legal counsel in various matters including real estate, business transactions, litigation, corporate matters, and employment matters for this office. In every instance, our experience has been exemplary, timely, and cost‐effective. They are very good at focusing on the real issue at hand and not trying to “over lawyer” the matter – something I have seen too many times with other law firms. We started Burrell 27 years ago, have survived several recessions and had our share of difficult matters that they have helped guide us through. We would not be in business were it not for the assistance and sage advice from the principals at CohenDurrett, LLP.”
Jerry Aplass, President, Burrell Consulting Group, Inc.

“John [McCardle] is knowledgeable, friendly, and incredibly responsive. He was a pleasure to work with and I would highly recommend him for legal assistance.”

Stephen Ramirez

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