Stephen Cobb

Member

Stephen’s diverse experience, both inside and outside the machinery of government, provides him with a unique vantage point that allows him to counsel and guide consumer-facing businesses through investigations, litigation, and regulatory actions that threaten their competitiveness and sometimes their very survival. As a highly practiced trial lawyer, Stephen is able to leverage his professional skills and experience to advocate effectively for clients facing state AG investigations and litigation, and to navigate complex negotiations to achieve the most favorable outcomes possible.

Stephen draws on the knowledge and relationships he developed as a deputy attorney general for the commonwealth of Virginia under former AG Mark Herring. In that role he led the Government Operations and Transactions division, overseeing a team of more than 60 staff attorneys and with responsibility for advising over 150 commonwealth departments and agencies with combined budgets in excess of $13 billion. His public service also includes serving as senior adviser to the under secretary of commerce & U.S. Patent and Trademark Office director. Stephen's leadership has included serving as the general counsel of the Democratic Party of Virginia, as special counsel to Rock The Vote, and as a nonresident fellow at a Washington, D.C., think tank.

In addition to his public service, Stephen’s clients benefit from the knowledge gleaned through his extensive experience in private practice, most recently as co-chair of the state AG practice at an AmLaw25 firm, where he represented financial institutions and market-leading businesses in state AG investigations, litigation, and other regulatory disputes.

Stephen is also recognized for his thought leadership and academic prowess and was selected to travel to the Republic of Moldova in March 2023 as a Fulbright Specialist to carry out a project with Moldova’s constitutional court. He has lectured internationally and served as an adjunct law professor at William & Mary Law School and at the Antonin Scalia School of Law at George Mason University.

News

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group Continues its Buildout, Landing Former Virginia Deputy Attorney General Stephen Cobb

March 08, 2023

A highly accomplished first-chair litigator, Cobb joins the firm as a member and will work out of its Washington, D.C., office.

Publications

ABA’s Inaugural Democracy Fellow Named

November 15, 2023

As the American Bar Association’s inaugural Democracy fellow, Stephen Cobb will work to develop scholarship and programming on democracy, voting rights, politics and the law.

State AG Pulse | AG Elections: Summing Up 2023 and Eying Up 2024

November 13, 2023

With the 2023 AG elections almost done and dusted, Stephen Cobb and Emily Yu consider the results and look ahead to what these off-cycle elections portend for 2024’s AG elections.

State AG Pulse | America’s Pastime Unites AGs

October 30, 2023

A case stemming from action by Major League Baseball that left 40 minor league teams out in the cold has energized AGs on both sides of the aisle. Stephen Cobb and Keturah Taylor discuss the action by state AGs and the signals it sends.

AGs' Distaste For Food Bill May Signal Other State Issues

October 11, 2023

In Law360 Chris Allen and Stephen Cobb discuss the EATS Act and how state AGs are making their voices heard at the federal level.

State AG Pulse | AGs to Forever Chemicals Cos: We Want More Money and We Want It Now

September 11, 2023

Season 3 of State AG Pulse launches with a dive into an amicus letter submitted by a group of state AGs in which the AGs express their concerns about how much the companies responsible for “forever chemical” contamination should pay and when.

Reshaping the game: State attorneys general scrutinize the sports industry

September 08, 2023

In WestLaw Stephen Cobb warns professional and collegiate sports that AGs are paying attention.

State AG Pulse | Vermont: Small Is Mighty

June 12, 2023

Elected in November 2022, Vermont AG Charity Clark has hit the ground running, applying herself across a broad range of issues in the state from consumer protection, the environment, and privacy rights to domestic violence and women’s reproductive health.

Cozen O'Connor Adds Former Va. Deputy AG To DC Office

March 08, 2023

Cozen O'Connor has added an attorney to its state attorneys general group who spent two years as Virginia's deputy attorney general under Mark Herring and has a range of professional experience in public service and private practice, the firm said in a Wednesday news release.

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Education

  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 2007
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 2003

Awards & Honors

Fulbright Specialist, Moldova, 2023

Leaders in Law, Virginia Lawyers Media, 2020

Young Leaders Program Cohort, US – Spain Council 2019

Top 40 Under 40, Style Weekly 2019

Rising Stars, Virginia and D.C. Super Lawyers 2015

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

Board member, Virginia Air & Space Center

Member & Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association Northern Virginia Chapter