Jawaria Gilani


Washington, D.C.

(202) 463-2540

(202) 861-1905

Jawaria assists clients ranging from Fortune 50 giants to emerging industry disruptors navigate government investigations brought by state attorneys general (AGs) and the Federal Trade Commission, and address related demands that can overwhelm even the most savvy business leaders.

Understanding that responding to a subpoena or CID served by a regulator can be daunting at best, and paralyzing at worst, Jawaria strives to facilitate a targeted, efficient response that both minimizes the burden on her clients and protects their interests while maintaining positive rapport with investigators.

She has represented clients in a variety of industry sectors, including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, health care, hospitality, home building, telecommunications, sports gaming, and insurance. She frequently handles issues involving consumer protection, antitrust, and data privacy. Jawaria has significant experience with large, multi-state AG investigations. She helps clients through every phase of the response, including drafting confidentiality agreements, crafting search terms to identify a narrow and relevant set of documents, managing document collection and e-discovery, and ultimately providing a focused, timely, and accurate response.

She is also a regular contributor to the firm’s blog, The State AG Report, and co-authored an article that analyzed recent AG and FTC enforcement actions to distill concrete actions companies can take to reduce the risk of a data breach.

Jawaria also maintains a broad pro bono practice, including representing an asylum seeker before the Department of Homeland Security and a military veteran before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.

Prior to joining Cozen O'Connor, Jawaria spent 12 years working in the health policy field, including for a health care consulting company and as a senior analyst with the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She has been published on numerous health-related issues including private health insurance, the Affordable Care Act, and Medicare payment issues. While completing her graduate degree in public health, Jawaria worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Jawaria graduated from the George Washington University Law School, the University of Texas School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health, the University of South Carolina with a Master of Arts in anthropology, and Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in anthropology.



Recent AG and FTC Enforcement Actions Provide Guidance on Data Security Best Practices

January 08, 2020

Ann-Marie Luciano and Jawaria Gilani published an article in the January 8 edition of CyberSecurity Law Report setting out practical steps companies can take to reduce the likelihood of a data breach.


Recent AG and FTC Enforcement Actions Provide Guidance on Data Security Best Practices [Infographic]

February 10, 2020

More and more companies are experiencing crippling data breaches. We analyzed recent state Attorney General and FTC enforcement actions to identify eight data security best practices that companies can adopt to mitigate the likelihood of a breach which can be found in this infographic.

INSIGHT: State AGs Targeted Opioids in 2018, Wider Trends Predicted for 2019 [Bloomberg Law]

February 20, 2019

Ann-Marie Luciano and Jawaria Gilani discuss the State Attorneys General actions relating to opioids in 2018 and predict enforcement trends for 2019.

2018 State AG Round-Up & Trends for 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

January 24, 2019

In 2018, the Cozen O'Connor State Attorneys General Practice reported on a variety of significant investigations and enforcement actions conducted by state attorneys general (“AGs”) through the course of the year. Here, we provide a round-up of the noteworthy AG actions from 2018 and predict trends...

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.

FAA Restores India to Category 1 Under International Aviation Safety Assessment Program [Aviation Regulatory Update]

April 08, 2015

The IASA Category 1 rating means that India’s civil aviation authority once again fully complies with the safety oversight standards of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations’ technical agency for international civil aviation. India had previously been rated by the FAA as a Category 1 country in August 1997 but was downgraded to Category 2 in 2012 after an FAA audit identified certain safety oversight deficiencies.

White House Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela [Transportation & Logistics Alert]

March 12, 2015

On March 9, 2015, pursuant to authority contained in the recently enacted Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act (Act), President Obama issued an executive order (EO) declaring a national emergency with respect to Venezuela. The EO cites ongoing public corruption, oppression of political opponents, curtailment of Venezuela’s free press, and violent human rights abuses in Venezuela that pose a threat to U.S. security and foreign policy and directs the imposition of targeted economic sanctions.

Supreme Court Delivers another Blow to State Action Antitrust Immunity [Antitrust & Regulatory Alert]

February 25, 2015

Today, in North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Federal Trade Commission, the Supreme Court held that a state dental board, created by the legislature, but comprised primarily of dentists elected by other dentists, did not qualify for immunity under the antitrust laws. This is the second time in two years that the Court has significantly limited the applicability of the state action exemption, under which states themselves are immune from the federal antitrust laws. Actions by private parties, including quasi-governmental entities, pursuant to a state regulatory regime may also be immune, but only under certain circumstances. Given the prevalence of state quasi-governmental bodies in regulating a broad range of industries such as energy, professional services, health care and transportation, these decisions will likely force states, and regulated industries, to reconsider their policy and legal strategies.

U.S. Announces Major Policy Shift on Cuba [Transportation & Logistics Alert]

December 18, 2014

On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced the beginning of major reforms regarding the relationship between the United States and Cuba. In a statement made from the White House, President Obama announced that the country would end its “outdated approach” to Cuba and begin to normalize relations between the two countries.

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  • George Washington University Law School, J.D., 2013
  • University of Texas School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2000
  • University of South Carolina, M.A., 1998
  • Tulane University, B.S., 1995
  • District of Columbia