Areas of Practice

  • Business, Estate & Gift Tax Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate & Trust Administration
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution


Juris Doctor (cum laude) from Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, 1989
Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1984

Honors & Awards

- Named on the Massachusetts Super Lawyer in Elder Law 2006-2019 - Avvo 10.0 superb rating ('s legal review website) - 2011-2018 Boston's Top Rated Lawyers - exclusive list composed of Boston lawyers who have been awarded an "AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating" by Martindale-Hubbell

Published Works

"Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility", co-authored this chapter in Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education's "Estate Planning for the Aging or Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts"

Teaching & Speaking Engagements

- Speaker - American Bar Association - Speaker - Boston Tax Institute - Speaker - Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education - Speaker - Harvard Medical School

Professional Associations

- Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former Board of Directors
- Boston Bar Association, Member of the Elder and Disability Committee

Bar Admissions

- Commonwealth of Massachusetts

About Me

Steven M. Cohen is a partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC, leading the firm’s elder law group. Working on behalf of older and disabled clients, Steven is one of Greater Boston’s most noted elder attorneys. For over 20 years, he has been dedicated to educating professionals and the community on the intricacies of elder law.

Steven is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Steven was co-chair of the elder and disability law committee of the Boston Bar Association from 2006 to 2012. And, he is co-author of the Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility Chapter in Estate Planning for the Aging and Incapacitated Client in Massachusetts published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.

Steven speaks regularly before senior and professional groups including the Boston Tax Institute, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Harvard Medical School, as well as to health care professionals in hospitals and nursing homes. He has been named a “Massachusetts Super Attorney” by Boston Magazine in the elder law category every year since 2006.


Steve is married with two daughters. He loves to hike in the White Mountains with his dog, bike to work, and dig around in his garden.

On Tuesday, April 21 our speaker will be Steven Cohen, partner at Pabian & Russell, LLC, presenting the topic, “Estate Planning: Peace of Mind for You and Your Family.” During these unsettling times it’s hard not to worry about all the “what ifs”. Steven will outline the basic legal documents we all need to plan for incapacity, including powers of attorney, health care proxies and wills. In addition to explaining how the documents function, he will give practical tips on what to do if you have not yet created these documents for yourself or for your family.

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