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Alison J. Cohen

Alison J. Cohen, J.D., APA, APR

Alison is a Partner with Ferenczy Benefits Law Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She advises clients on many issues related to qualified retirement plans, including design, mergers and acquisitions, audits, and operational issues. Alison commonly works with clients that have operational issues to guide them through the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and/or Department of Labor (DOL) corrective programs, prepare corrective filings, and prepare and support clients through an audit conducted by the IRS and/or DOL.

Alison is a member of the Georgia and California State Bars. Prior to joining Ferenczy Benefits Law Center, Alison worked at a large bundled service provider for nearly 16 years as an Associate Vice President, Compliance Manager and Regulatory Liaison. As part of her responsibilities there, Alison served as a national speaker on audit and correction issues. She served on the Employee Plans Subcommittee of the IRS Advisory Committee on Tax-Exempt and Governmental Entities (ACT).

Alison has been actively involved with the National Institute of Pension Administration (NIPA) serving as a speaker, author, and developer/teacher. In 2019, Alison received NIPA’s Excellence in Education Award, which recognizes outstanding educators within the national membership who have made significant contributions and improvements to NIPA’s educational programs. Alison holds designations as an Accredited Pension Administrator (APA) and an Accredited Pension Representative (APR) from NIPA.  Alison is the former first President and an active member of the Pension Education Council of Atlanta (PECA). Alison is a co-author of The Plan Correction eSource and in 2019 she also assumed co-authorship of ERISA: A Comprehensive Guide. Alison speaks frequently on qualified retirement plan topics and issues, bringing a sense of humor and practical solutions to clients, colleagues, and industry professionals.

When I'm not working

Watching my kids, Kat and Connor, grow into wonderful adults.

Staying in with a good book or crafting projects works too…

If you want to see me smile, just add water (ocean, lake, bay, river, etc)…

I enjoy going out with friends to movies, theater, or dancing…

I love going to Orange Theory Fitness workouts…


J.D., University of San Diego School of Law, 1996
B.A., Rice University, 1992


Georgia, 2015 California, 1996


Georgia Bar Association
California Bar Association
National Institute of Pension Administration
National Association of Plan Advisors
Pension Education Council of Atlanta

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Thank you again so much for your time and candor on our call today Alison. You are a true counselor.
Ilene is lucky to have you on the team, and so am I.

Mark Gajowski, Magii Pension Services


When I don’t know the answer I come to you.  Your knowledge and insight are invaluable and your response time is lightning quick.  Top that off with a  great personality.  I can’t thank you enough!

~ Vicki Kelly, Squire, Lemkin + Company, LLP