Daniel Cohen



Daniel Cohen is a partner and business lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, based in the firm’s Houston office. Daniel helps leading businesses with sophisticated corporate and transactional needs, including mergers and acquisitions throughout the United States in the increasingly competitive transit operator sector. Daniel has experience in M&A transactions with the energy service industry, as well as with water and wastewater utilities, construction and property management companies, medical device companies, distributors, and sales representatives, manufacturers and companies in the live entertainment and restaurant industries. In addition, Daniel has:

  • Handled numerous joint venture, equity and debt financing;
  • Worked on international and domestic transactions, including borrower-side finance;
  • Represented management groups seeking private equity funding;
  • Frequently advised clients on Hart-Scott-Rodino filings, and;
  • Advised clients in the purchase and sale of distressed assets and businesses.

For over 20 years, he has represented a United States subsidiary of a public United Kingdom company in various matters. This representation has included mergers, acquisitions, and disposition of more than 20 school bus operators and transit companies, including complex cross-border acquisitions in Canada. Daniel has handled over 40 transactions. He has represented a private equity portfolio company in the acquisition of numerous water and wastewater utilities from private and governmental owners as well as handle the purchase and sale of a software development company.

Daniel’s experience in the energy sector includes representing oil and gas companies in purchase and sale transactions, representing a private equity portfolio company in the acquisition of various wire-line companies and the subsequent sale of the portfolio company to a publicly traded company, and numerous M&A transactions involving energy services companies, including the owner of a threading and grooving tool manufacturing company in the sale of a controlling interest to a multinational conglomerate. He has represented the controlling owner of an engineering and product service company in the sale to a private equity investor and represented a private investor in the purchase of an oil tool company.

Several of Daniel's clients have relied on him for decades. For example, in addition to his transit clients, he has served as outside counsel for a family-owned restaurant chain and a family-owned grocery chain for more than 20 years. He is highly regarded for his practical, responsive approach and ability to track emerging issues in his client’s industries. As noted by one client, “Daniel has a depth of industry knowledge, and offers solid, business-focused advice. He is incredibly responsive regardless of the time of day or night.” 

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Executive Officer and Director, Zina Garrison All Court Tennis Academy
  • Executive Officer and Director, The Harris School
  • Director, Manned Space Foundation Inc.
  • Member, Bylaws Committee, YES Prep Public Schools

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of:
    • Corporate Law (2019-2023)
    • Mergers and Acquisitions Law (2016-2023)
  • Recognized, Texas Super Lawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine (2003-2004, 2016-2018)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Business/Corporate
    • Closely Held Business
  • Recognized, The Legal 500 United States (2011, 2012)
    • Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts - M&A: Middle-Market (Sub-$500 Million)
  • Recognized, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™


  • The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors, 1985)
    • Member, Texas Law Review
    • Member, Order of the Coif
    • Member, Chancellors
  • Baylor University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1981)
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society


  • Texas (1985)