Lesley Cohen was raised in Southern Nevada, and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Cohen is licensed to practice in both Nevada and Utah, and she has practiced law in Southern Nevada for more than twenty years.
During that time, Ms. Cohen has worked almost exclusively in the family law field because she understands that going to court can be intimidating, and she wants to give families the necessary guidance to navigate the court system in what can be a very stressful time in their lives. Over the last twenty years, Ms. Cohen has developed strong relationships with the judges and staff of the Family Court.
Ms. Cohen is also a National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law Uniform Law Commissioner who has participated in drafting law that has been utilized by states throughout the country. In Southern Nevada, Ms. Cohen received the Clark County Bar Association Circle of Support Award in recognition of her work on the Continuing Legal Education Committee, which educates attorneys on the latest trends in the law so that they can best represent their own clients. Every year, Ms. Cohen volunteers with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada to ensure that all people have access to legal advice and representation, regardless of income.
Ms. Cohen is a member of the Nevada State Assembly, serving in the Nevada Legislature's 2013, 2017, and 2019 sessions. Currently, she serves as Chairperson of the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee and has also chaired the Common Interest Communities Subcommittee and Interim Committee for Senior Citizens, Veterans, and Adults with Special Needs. For her work as a member of the Legislature, Ms. Cohen received the National Federation of the Blind Nevada Chapter Outstanding Legislator Award, Hillel of Northern Nevada Landon Rosen Memorial Award, and the Henderson Democratic Club Richard Bryan Award for Outstanding Community Service.
When she is not working, Ms. Cohen is active in pet rescue, volunteering with both retired racing greyhounds and cats. She also volunteers as a guide with Achilles Running Group for the blind, guiding blind and visually impaired walkers for their weekly training.