A while back, I did a post about Jeffrey Cohen, the lawyer listed as the Executive Director of both TDPK’s “charities”—the 501(c)(3), Justice Through Music Project, and his 501(c)(4), Velvet Revolution US. The Gentle Readers who have been following the Saga of TDPK may remember that both of those organizations have been added as defendants in the federal Walker v. Kimberlin, et al. suit.
Because he is their Executive Director, Mr. Cohen has certain responsibilities and obligations with respect to JTMP and VRUS. Now that they have been sued, he must look out for their interest. Since he is a lawyer, he can handle the suit himself, although every other lawyer I’ve talked to about this situation thinks that would be unwise. They all also tell me that, whether he handles the case for the “charities” or not, it would be a severe breach of legal ethics for him to advise TDPK or represent him in any way related to the federal case because of the possible conflict of interest between the corporations on the one hand and TDPK as an individual on the other.
TDPK states in one of his motions in the Virginia case, that in a communication with Aaron Walker’s lawyer the “Executive Director”
… responded that he would … seek Rule 11 sanctions against counsel for bringing a frivolous suit …
TDPK’s knowledge of this leads one to wonder how close to the line (and on which side of it) the relationship between Defendant Kimberlin and Defendants JTMP and VRUS is with respect to legal defense. One hopes that Mr. Cohen has not knowingly received any discovery materials from the Virginia case via TDPK. He may not be involved in that case, but as a lawyer, he would be ethically bound to inquire as to the provenance of such material.
Oh, and one more thing … There seems to be some confusion about which Jeffrey Cohen is connected to JTMP and VRUS. This Jeffrey Cohen is the lawyer who practices patent and trademark law in the DC area. He is not the Jeffrey Cohen who has an entertainment industry related practice in Los Angeles.