Philip Cohen

Philip Cohen

Undergraduate Program Chair
Lubin School of Business
Legal Studies and Taxation

Philip Cohen

One Pace Plaza
Goldstein Academic Center



Professor Philip G. Cohen is a retired Vice President-Tax & General Tax Counsel for Unilever United States, Inc. having worked in the corporate tax function at Unilever for over 26 years including the last 10 ½ years as head of the U.S. based tax department. He practiced corporate tax law for 33 years and was an adjunct professor at Pace University Lubin School of Business for 23 years before joining the full-time faculty in 2012.

Professor Cohen is an active member of the American Bar Association and its Tax Section, the New York State Bar Association and its Tax Section and is now an Associate Member of Tax Executives Institute (TEI) and its NYC Chapter after serving for many years, while functioning as a corporate tax executive, as a member and chair of many of its committees and task forces including having chaired the Federal Committee; Communications Committee; Tax Reform Task Force; Tax Shelter Task Force; and Financial Products Subcommittee He regularly attends conferences of the NY State Bar Association –Tax Section and Tax Executives Institute –NYC Chapter and serves on two subcommittees of the NYS Bar Association –Tax Section. Professor Cohen is the author of numerous op-eds on tax related subjects in addition to his scholarly writings.


LLM, New York University School of Law, NYC

LLM, New York University, New York, NY
Labor Law

JD, Duke University, Durham NC

MBA, George Washington University, Washington D.C.
Accounting; Admitted to Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society

BA, New York University, New York, NY
Political Science; With Honors

Publications and Presentations


Cohen, P.G. (2022). Thoughts Regarding the Application of the Step Transaction Doctrine to the Section 351 Control Requirement and Complex Media v. Commissioner. William & Mary Business Law Review. 13(2).

Cohen, P.G. (2021). Zarin v. Commissioner Revisited and Some Methodologies for Determining COD Income. William & Mary Business Law Review. 12(3), 537-619.

Cohen, P. (2020). The Political Question Doctrine: An Inappropriate Roadblock to the Limitation on Benefits Safety Valve. Houston Business and Tax Law Journal. XXI(1).

Cohen, P. (2019). Capital Contributions of Limited License Rights to Intellectual Property Under Section 351. Houston Business and Tax Law Journal. (Spring 2019).

Cohen, P. (2019). The Compulsory Tax Constraint for Foreign Tax Credits Post TCJA & Coca-Cola Co. v. Commissioner. The Tax Lawyer. (Winter 2019).

Cohen, P.G. (2018). The Fact of the Liability in the All Events Test- Flying Lessons over the Dark Clouds of General Dynamics from a Giant Eagle. The Tax Lawyer. 71(Spring 2018), 635-672.

Cohen, P. (2017). Statutory Interpretation Lessons Courtesy of Pilgrim's Pride. University of Miami Business Law Review. 25(2017; Issue 3). Read More >>

Cohen, P.G. (2016). The Long(v.Commissioner) and Short of the Substitute for Ordinary Income Doctrine. Pittsburgh Tax Review. 13(Spring 2016).

Cohen, P.G. (2015). The Origin of the Claim Doctrine and Litigation Expenses with a Connection to Property Transactions-Woodward and Hilton Hotels Post Ash Grove Cement. Houston Business and Tax Law Journal. XV(I), 1-54.

Cohen, P. (2014). "Testing for Thin Capitalization Under Section 163(j) - A Flawed Safe Harbor". The Tax Lawyer. 67(Issue 1; Fall 2013). Read More >>

Cohen, P. (2013). Personal Goodwill: Possible Escape from Double Taxation and More. Tax Notes. 140(13), 1427-1438. Read More >>

Cohen, P. (2012). "The Sourcing of Goodwill". Corporate Taxation. 39(number 4 September-October 2012).

Cohen, P. (1995). "Schleier Requires Congress to Clarify When Damages Received for Discrimination are Not Taxable". . 47

Cohen, P. (1985). "Capital Gains and the Relinquishment of Contract Rights". . 63

Cohen, P. (1982). "Capital Gains and the Sale of Know-How". . 82(August 1982).