Christopher Allen

Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3421

(202) 861-1905

Chris offers clients the unique combination of legal acumen, policy understanding, political insight, and boots-on-the-ground practicality he has cultivated through practicing in the State Attorneys General niche for more than a decade. He understands the important strategic considerations that distinguish handling a State Attorney General (AG) matter from private litigation or litigation against the federal government, and he uses this savvy to guide his clients through complex investigations, litigation, and public policy advocacy on the state and federal levels. Chris also provides advice and counsel on the myriad compliance issues his clients face daily.

Representing clients ranging from small startups to the third-largest company in the United States, Chris has a truly national practice with particular focus in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, data privacy (including data breaches, data security, and data collection), and the False Claims Act. Outside the State Attorneys General realm, Chris also has significant experience representing consumer products manufacturers and distributors in product recalls, compliance matters, and industry-wide investigations led by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Chris strives to be a true partner to his clients, helping those facing a State AG investigation navigate the attendant political and policy concerns, nuances among the various state laws at issue, and the strategic considerations unique to State AG matters. Drawing upon the vast institutional knowledge of the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice, Chris has the perspective on State AGs and their staff needed to identify and examine all of the possible factors driving an investigation. He uses this insight to help his clients articulate their defense in a thorough, consistent, and persuasive manner.

His broad client base encompasses companies in industry sectors including telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, disruptive technology, telemedicine, cannabis, transportation, hospitality, and nutrition/personal health. Chris also has significant experience representing trade associations. He regularly handles issues centering on state Unfair and Deceptive Acts or Practices laws, state data breach reporting and notification laws, Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, state and federal False Claims Acts, state Medicaid Fraud Acts, the Sherman Act, the Clayton Act, and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, among others.

Chris was a recipient of the Phi Delta Phi Award for Excellence in Jurisprudence and Professional Responsibility. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing a number of clients with cases pending before the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. In addition, he regularly serves as a guest judge for collegiate and law school mock trial and moot court competitions.

Experience

News

Herbalife Settles with FTC and Illinois Attorney General’s Office

July 18, 2016

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice represented Herbalife International, Inc. and Herbalife International of America, Inc. in separate settlements with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Cozen O’Connor Launches New State Attorneys General Practice with Addition of Nationally Acclaimed State AG Practice

May 05, 2015

On the heels of its recent announcement of the addition of 60 lawyers in Chicago, Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce the addition of ten attorneys and government professionals and the formation of the firm’s State Attorneys General Practice.

Publications

As State Level First Responders, AGs Contend with New Challenges in Response to COVID-19

June 30, 2020

Christopher J. Allen discusses state AGs wielding their legal, political, and policy-making authority and increasing enforcement to protect consumers, enhance data privacy and security, eliminate price-gouging, and combat false claims for payment to state authorities.

AGs on the Front Line of the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Fight [Alert]

March 12, 2020

Christopher Allen discusses how Attorneys General (“AGs”) are manning the front line in keeping consumers from becoming victims of scams, abuse, or fraud using the powers they have wielded for decades across a wide range of industries to combat deceptive and misleading claims and unfair business practices.

State Attorney Activism and Enforcement Trends

February 03, 2020

Ann-Marie Luciano, Chris Allen, and Bryan Mosca published an article in Bloomberg Law on February 3, 2020, sharing their observations on trends in state Attorney General activity in 2019, and the enforcement priorities they expect to see AGs focus on in 2020.

GNC Lawsuit: Dietary Supplement Companies Can Adapt to Focus of State AGs [Natural Products Insider]

August 31, 2016

Lori Kalani and Chris Allen discuss the implications of the Oregon State AG's lawsuit against GNC for the dietary supplements industry.

The State AG Report Weekly Update November 19, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

November 19, 2015

Antitrust Seven Attorneys General and the Federal Government Approve Merger of Two Financial Services Companies After previously raising concerns over the impact on competition, seven AGs and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) approved the acquisition of OneMain Financial Holdings, LLC, by...

The State AG Report Weekly Update October 15, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

October 15, 2015

Consumer Protection Technology Companies Partner with Attorneys General, Others to Bring New Technologies Into Fight Against Missing and Exploited Children New York AG Eric Schneiderman announced a partnership with Facebook to use innovative data and analytical methods to aid law enforcement in...

The State AG Report Weekly Update October 1, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

October 01, 2015

Campaign Finance Washington Attorney General Sues Employee Union and PAC for Alleged Campaign Finance Violations Washington AG Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the Service Employees International Healthcare 775NW (“SEIU 775”) and political action committee SEIU 775 Quality Care Committee...

The State AG Report Weekly Update August 13, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

August 13, 2015

Breaking News NAAG Forms New Committee Focused on Agriculture South Dakota AG Marty Jackley, President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), announced the formation of a new NAAG committee to address legal challenges facing farmers, ranchers, and the agriculture industry. The...

The State AG Report Weekly Update June 25, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

June 25, 2015

Breaking News NAAG Elects New Leadership The National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) elected new leadership at its annual Summer Meeting, which took place June 16-18 in San Diego, California. South Dakota AG Marty Jackley will serve as President of NAAG for the 2015-2016 term....

The State AG Report Weekly Update June 4, 2015 [The State AG Report Blog]

June 04, 2015

Antitrust Ohio Attorney General and DOJ Investigate Movie Theater Chains for Possible Antitrust Violations Ohio AG Mike DeWine and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have sent civil investigative demands (CIDs) to AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., Regal Entertainment Group, and Cinemark...

2017 Guide to State Attorneys General [Map]

May 05, 2015

The guide includes information on attorney generals in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Commonwealth, and Territories of the United States, including a photos, year first elected or appointed, political party affiliation, leadership positions and brief background summaries.

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Education

  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., with honors, 2007
  • Baylor University, B.A., 2004
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia