Judge Cohen's Investiture

Judge Cohen's Investiture

A year and a half after his appointment to the bench, Judge Kyle Cohen was officially welcomed to the Circuit Court bench in Collier County

On Friday, January 28, 2022, family and friends packed courtroom 2A and 2B at the Collier County Courthouse. Judge Cohen was appointed as a Circuit Court Judge to the 20th Judicial Circuit on May 28, 2020 and began his service on July 9, 2020 as Unified Family Court Judge. His Investiture had been postponed due to COVID.

“Being a judge for a year and half has given me time to reflect on all the things I am grateful for preceding this moment,” said Judge Cohen.

Judge Kyle Cohen

Prior to taking the bench, Judge Cohen served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the civil division for the Middle District of Florida in the Fort Myers Office. As the sole civil division AUSA in the Fort Myers United States Attorney's Office, Judge Cohen was responsible for all aspects of any defensive and affirmative federal civil litigation affecting the interests of the United States within a six-county radius. On the defensive side, Judge Cohen handled many different types of federal civil litigation such as Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”) cases, medical malpractice, employment discrimination, and bankruptcy.

United States District Court Judge Sheri Polster Chappell delivered the oath of office. Judge Chappell is the District Court judge who Judge Cohen practiced in front of the majority of his time as an Assistant United States Attorney.

Judge Sheri Polster Chappell giving the oath of office to Judge Cohen

Guest speakers included Judge Cohen’s father, Ed, and Randy Harwell. Mr. Harwell managed Judge Cohen during his time at the United States Attorney’s Office. “He departed as a celebrated nationally renowned civil AUSA in all of our practice areas, “said Mr. Harwell.

Mr. Randy Harwell addressing judges and the audience during his speech

Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Judge Cohen was an associate at Howrey in Washington D.C. where he was a member of the Global Litigation, Commercial Trial, and Insurance Recovery practice groups. He attended law school at Georgetown University law Center and is a proud graduate of the University of Florida for undergrad.

“This position is not power, it’s a privilege,” said Judge Cohen. “And I am going to work as hard as I can to earn that privilege every single day and to earn the faith that each one of you has placed in me.”

Judge Kyle Cohen