Who We

We strive for excellence in everything we do. Before Cohen Legal, our lawyers have a history of working with each other and achieving success for their clients.

  • Ethical
  • Firm but Fair
  • Efficient

Sam Cohen


Sam has a wealth of legal knowledge and experience which, combined with her unique insight into the corporate world in both small and big business, enables her to provide clients with someone who understands how their business works and is able to resolve matters effectively and efficiently.

Before joining a large regional firm in which Sam quickly elevated through the ranks to Partner, Sam spent 15 years’ experience in the building and construction, mining and civil engineering industries. That, combined with her innate ability to seize upon legal issues and get to the heart of a matter quickly, make Sam a formidable opponent.

Sam brings a commercial approach to her practice, aimed at giving her clients sound professional advice focused on the need for a timely resolution. Sam’s experience is in all aspects of commercial litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes, debt recovery, building and construction, equity, insolvency, planning and environment, land disputes, consumer law, defamation, estate litigation and criminal law.

Sam harbours a specific interest in building and construction industry disputes. She has instructed in the High Court in relation to a matter under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004, in which the application of that legislation to mining leases was considered. Her client was successful in opposing the application for leave to appeal.

Current Affiliations:

  • President of the North Queensland Law Association
  • President of the Townsville District Law Association
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society Construction and Infrastructure Committee
  • Member of the Queensland Law Society Litigation Rules Committee
  • Member of the James Cook University External Advisory Committee
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Dan Sampson


Dan brings to Cohen Legal 17 years’ experience in commercial litigation.

Also a Partner in the same large regional firm as Sam before joining Cohen Legal, Dan prides himself on providing pragmatic and practical advice to his clients. Not one to mince words, Dan always adopts a costs versus benefits approach.

Dan’s experience is in all facets of dispute resolution. He practises primarily in insolvency law, building and construction, defamation, debt recovery and leasing disputes and is regularly involved in alternative dispute resolution, be it formal mediation or informal settlement negotiations. Dan is also skilled in the preparation of various forms of business documentation including credit applications, confidentiality agreements, hire agreements and building subcontracts.

As a consequence of his broad experience, Dan is familiar with all levels of the Court system and is particularly knowledgeable in matters of civil practice and procedure.

Dan’s clients are varied. They include small to large businesses (individual and corporate) throughout North Queensland. Dan also has experience and a long relationship with a national insolvency firm who he has advised from time to time.

Born in Townsville, Dan’s legal career has been punctuated by sojourns in the UK and Europe from 2002 to 2004 working in bars and travelling and more recently, from May 2015 to June 2016, as a consumer electronics sales executive for Sony Australia Ltd, looking after major consumer electronics retailers throughout North Queensland.

The way Dan sees it, legal experience should be supplemented by life experience.

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