#BakersDozen is a series of interviews with leading professionals in the fields of law, consulting, finance, tech, and more.


Tell us a bit about yourself and how you came to be in the legal business?

It was determined prenatally that I would either be a doctor—like three generations in my family—or a “good” lawyer. Otherwise, I would have been a Hollywood scriptwriter, something my older daughter will soon be doing.

What do you do for a living right now?


What has been your greatest triumph and your greatest success in the legal services field and what did you learn from each?

My greatest triumph was my greatest failure: co-Founding Clearspire. It was a bold experiment with a significant financial, intellectual, and time investment. It was an intellectual success and a financial failure. I learned a great deal about myself as a person and grew a lot from the experience.

And as a practicing lawyer, my greatest experience was as an Assistant US Attorney. I still remember the chill I had the first time I stated my appearance in federal court–“Assistant US Attorney Mark A. Cohen on behalf of the United States of America.”