Cozen O’Connor: Kalani, Lori

Lori Kalani

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3407

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

Potential Zoom Vulnerability | Unemployment Benefits for Gig Workers | Postponed Regulatory Reporting for Financial Institutions [The State AG Report Blog]

COVID-19 Attorneys General Move to Limit Debt Collection in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic AGs across the country are taking action to limit or cease debt collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts AG Maura Healey issued emergency regulations placing new limits on debt collection...

Addressing issues with state attorneys general can be particularly challenging because it is where difficult issues intersect with state government, politics, public policy and the law. Lori Kalani is a pioneer at counseling clients through these complexities and has taken attorneys general representation from a distinctive area and turned it into a nationally recognized legal practice, while still treating each client like it is her only one.

Lori Kalani is the co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, but her path to building a unique practice area focused on AGs and regulatory agencies was self-directed and varied. It started when she managed DISH Network’s federal and state relationships as a top in-house counsel, one who took it upon herself to visit the AGs and their staff in all 50 states to understand how and why they worked the way they did. Strategic, direct interaction with AGs has proven highly successful for many of Lori’s clients. It is this uncommon approach that truly sets her apart and has enabled her to successfully counsel clients through business transactions, investigations and disputes with government agencies. Her role with DISH Network evolved into the establishment of a State Attorneys General Practice with a global law firm that she later moved to Dickstein & Shapiro and finally to Cozen O’Connor.

Lori’s business-minded approach, and extensive legal, political and policy experience, makes her a highly regarded lawyer and advocate where it counts – in state capitols and in Washington, D.C. Her knowledge, especially in the areas of finance, disruptive technology, gaming, social media, telecommunications, retail, transportation, and dietary supplements, allows her to serve as a trusted liaison between general counsels and state AGs, bridging the gap between the goals of the state and the business community. Whether it is consumer protection, environmental and regulatory inquiries, investigations or litigation, Lori and her team have the skills to make a difference. 

Lori has been recognized for her pioneering role as one of America’s Leading Lawyers for Business by Chambers USA and a “Woman Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal. The 2016 edition of Chambers USA notes that Lori "possesses far-reaching experience of advocating for clients in sensitive investigations and disputes" and describes her as a "consummate professional who is laser-focused on the issues that are of interest to her clients. If you have a problem with an Attorney General or want to avoid one, she is a go-to hire."

Lori is the co-editor of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Report blog, the go-to resource for issues relating to AGs.

She is actively involved in AG organizations and programs throughout the country, including serving as an advisory board member on the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) Alliance Partnership and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia’s Law Firm Advisory Committee.

Lori is a member of Cozen O’Connor’s board of directors and sits on the firm's PAC Governance and Shareholder Compensation Committees.

 

Experience

News

States Press Ahead With Privacy Laws Even as Congress Stalls

December 23, 2019

Lori Kalani, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice was quoted in a Bloomberg Law article discussing the cascading effect likely to result from the enactment of California’s new privacy laws and other actions by state attorneys general to hold companies accountable for collection and use of consumer data.

Big Tech Antitrust Probes to Stretch States’ Limits

November 06, 2019

Bernard Nash and Lori Kalani were quoted in Bloomberg Law, discussing the strain that antitrust probes of Alphabet, Inc.’s Google and of Facebook, Inc. may place on the budgets of state Attorneys General already handling resource-intensive investigations and suits relating to opioids and drug-price fixing.

As the Litigation Funding Industry Grows, So Do Efforts to Control It

July 11, 2019

Lori Kalani was quoted in The American Lawyer about attorneys general and state agencies taking action against litigation funders under state consumer protection laws.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Experts Predict 2019 Will Be Most Aggressive Year Yet for State Attorney General Litigation

February 08, 2019

Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani discussed with Corporate Counsel which sectors may see more aggressive scrutiny from state attorneys general in 2019, the kinds of actions corporations can expect to see, and how to be prepared.

Cozen O’Connor Names Four Shareholders to Board of Directors

September 11, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected shareholders James H. Heller, Lori Kalani, Howard Maycon, and Martin Schrier to the firm’s board of directors.

The ‘people’s lawyers’ v. the POTUS

May 02, 2018

Bernard Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice, were quoted in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin regarding the trend of state AGs bringing lawsuits against the federal government, from the Reagan administration to the present.

State Attorneys General Group Launches Election Tracker Covering All Primary and General State AG Races

February 13, 2018

Thirty states plus the District of Columbia will hold elections for State AG this year, including at least ten open-seat races. AGs appointed by governors or legislatures may change in an additional five states in 2018.

SupplySide West Podcast 59: Dissecting State AG Activities in Dietary Supplement Industry

September 19, 2017

Lori Kalani, co-chair, and Jerry Kilgore, a member of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice, joined Josh Long of Natural Product Insider for his podcast.

How Law Firms Can Prepare For More State AG Actions

June 29, 2017

Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, both members of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice, discuss how law firms can prepare for more State AG actions in Law360.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

May 26, 2017

Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice to Be Honored for Excellence in Legal Coverage of State AG Issues

May 22, 2017

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice group has received the Burton Award’s first “Blog of the Year Award in Law.” The national awards program is held in association with the Library of Congress and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association.

Interview of Massachusetts AG Maura Healey by Cozen O'Connor Shareholder Lori Kalani

April 25, 2017

Lori Kalani, co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General practice, recently had the opportunity to speak to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey about her efforts in concert with other AGs challenging the Trump Administration in several key policy areas, as well as her other priorities and issues of focus as an attorney general.

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 Earns Client Recognition in 2016 Chambers USA Rankings

May 27, 2016

Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.

Lori Kalani Discusses Dietary Supplement Industry

January 22, 2016

Lori Kalani, a member of Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General practice, discusses last years investigation into the Nutritional Supplement Industry and their steps moving forward.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2015 Chambers USA Rankings

July 06, 2015

Chambers USA recognized 37 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 10 were ranked in the top band.

Lori Kalani and JB Kelly Discuss Lag in Pennsylvania AG Work

June 04, 2015

Lori Kalani and JB Kelly discuss the lag in Pennsylvania-related attorney general work and possible causes for the decline.

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

Potential Zoom Vulnerability | Unemployment Benefits for Gig Workers | Postponed Regulatory Reporting for Financial Institutions [The State AG Report Blog]

April 02, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General Move to Limit Debt Collection in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic AGs across the country are taking action to limit or cease debt collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. Massachusetts AG Maura Healey issued emergency regulations placing new limits on debt collection...

COVID-19-Related Price Gouging | COVID-19-Related Fake Medicines | COVID-19-Related Antitrust Review Speed-Up [The State AG Report Blog]

March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General Step Up Enforcement Efforts Against Price Gouging AGs across the country are taking steps to protect the public from price gouging by sellers capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic. California AG Xavier Becerra sent letters to multiple online commerce platforms,...

NY State Debt Collection Suspended | Anti-Gouging Enforcement | AGs: Who’s an “Accredited Investor”? [The State AG Report Blog]

March 19, 2020

Breaking News Despite COVID-19, the State AG Report Stays on the Beat In these unprecedented times, the Cozen O’Connor State AG Group is committed to continuing to bring you important AG news stories and keeping you informed on current AG concerns, including new and ongoing efforts to combat...

AGs and COVID-19 | Face-Mapping | 3D Printed Guns [The State AG Report Blog]

March 12, 2020

Breaking News Attorneys General on the Front Line Against Coronavirus-Related Scams Christopher Allen, a Member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, penned a brief summary about the efforts of AGs to protect the public from scams, abuse, and fraud perpetrated by bad actors...

Attorneys General Convince Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons to Discard “No-Poaching” Provisions from Their Franchising Contracts [The State AG Report Blog]

March 05, 2020

Labor & Employment Attorneys General Convince Burger King, Popeyes, and Tim Hortons to Discard “No-Poaching” Provisions from Their Franchise Agreements 14 Democratic AGs, led by Massachusetts AG Maura Healey, reached a settlement with fast food franchisors Burger King Corporation, Popeyes...

Vacationers Beware: Timeshare Exit Companies May Be Scammers, not Saviors [The State AG Report Blog]

February 27, 2020

Consumer Protection Vacationers Beware: Timeshare Exit Companies May Be Scammers, not Saviors Two AGs took aim at timeshare exit companies recently over allegations of deceptive business practices relating to purported offers to assist consumers with ending their timeshare contracts. Missouri...

Wendy’s: All the Goodness, But Hold the Alleged Child Labor Violations [The State AG Report Blog]

February 20, 2020

Labor & Employment Wendy’s: All the Goodness, But Hold the Alleged Child Labor Violations Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with fast food restaurant chain Wendy’s International LLC (“Wendy’s”) to resolve allegations that Wendy’s labor practices violated Massachusetts...

Who Controls When State and Federal Regulators Disagree on Whether a Chemical Is a Carcinogen? [The State AG Report Blog]

February 13, 2020

Environment Who Controls When State and Federal Regulators Disagree on Whether a Chemical Is a Carcinogen? California AG Xavier Becerra filed an amicus brief in the California Court of Appeal in support of the plaintiff’s position in Johnson v. Monsanto Co., Nos. A155940 & A156706, arguing...

Bank in CFPB Crosshairs for Allegedly Failing to Properly Manage and Respond to Customer Credit Card Disputes [The State AG Report Blog]

February 06, 2020

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Discusses Current Trends in AG Enforcement Priorities and Activism Christopher Allen, Ann-Marie Luciano, and Bryan Mosca of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice published an article in Bloomberg Law in which they...

Massachusetts Attorney General Alleges Chipotle Served Up a Side Order of Wage and Hour Violations, Reaches $2 Million Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

January 30, 2020

Labor & Employment Massachusetts Attorney General Alleges Chipotle Served Up a Side Order of Wage and Hour Violations, Reaches $2 Million Settlement Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with casual dining restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. (“Chipotle”) to resolve...

Payment Processor Caught in the Web of Allegedly Illegal “Free Trial” Scheme [The State AG Report Blog]

January 23, 2020

Consumer Protection Payment Processor Caught in the Web of Allegedly Illegal “Free Trial” Scheme The FTC reached a settlement with overseas payment processor SIA Transact Pro and its former Chief Executive Officer (collectively “SIA”) to settle allegations that it enabled U.S.-based defendants...

23 Attorneys General Band Together to Make PayPal’s Charitable Donations Platform More Transparent [The State AG Report Blog]

January 17, 2020

Charities 23 Attorneys General Band Together to Make PayPal’s Charitable Donations Platform More Transparent A bipartisan coalition of 23 AGs, led by Connecticut AG William Tong and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson, reached a settlement with PayPal Charitable Giving Fund, Inc. (“PPGF”), the...

District of Columbia Attorney General Hits Two Employers for $500,000 over Alleged Wage Theft [The State AG Report Blog]

January 09, 2020

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group Identifies Current Best Practices for Data Security According to FTC and State Attorneys General Ann-Marie Luciano and Jawaria Gilani published an article in the January 8, 2020 edition of Cybersecurity Law Report that analyzes...

Whistleblower Leads to Shutdown of Infosys’ Alleged System for Avoiding California Taxes [The State AG Report Blog]

December 19, 2019

Labor & Employment Whistleblower Leads to Shutdown of Infosys’ Alleged System for Avoiding California Taxes California AG Xavier Becerra reached a settlement with India-based business consulting and outsourcing services company Infosys Limited and its subsidiary to resolve allegations...

University of Phoenix’s Wings Clipped with $191 Million Settlement over Allegedly Deceptive Marketing [The State AG Report Blog]

December 12, 2019

For-Profit Colleges University of Phoenix’s Wings Clipped with $191 Million Settlement Over Allegedly Deceptive Marketing The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached a settlement with the University of Phoenix and its parent company, Apollo Education Group (collectively, “Phoenix”), to...

When “Free” Trials Come With Strings Attached: Attorneys General Ask FTC to Look Into Deceptive Negative Option Marketing [The State AG Report Blog]

December 05, 2019

Consumer Protection When “Free” Trials Come With Strings Attached: Attorneys General Ask FTC to Look Into Deceptive Negative Option Marketing Twenty-three AGs, led by New York AG Letitia James and Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro, submitted comments in response to an Advance Notice of Proposed...

New York AG Takes Up Whistleblower’s Allegation that All May Not Be Picture-Perfect with B&H Foto & Electronics [The State AG Report Blog]

November 21, 2019

False Claims Act New York AG Takes Up Whistleblower’s Allegation that All May Not Be Picture-Perfect with B&H Foto & Electronics New York AG Letitia James sued photo and video equipment retailer B&H Foto & Electronics Corp. (“B&H”) for allegedly knowingly failing to pay...

How Did A Hacker Allegedly Access A Million Customers’ Personal Data? Let the FTC Count the Ways. [The State AG Report Blog]

November 14, 2019

Data Privacy & Security How Did A Hacker Allegedly Access A Million Customers’ Personal Data? Let the FTC Count the Ways. The FTC has reached a settlement with technology company InfoTrax Systems, L.C. and its CEO (collectively, “InfoTrax”), resolving allegations that InfoTrax failed to...

The State AG Report Weekly Update November 7, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

November 07, 2019

Cozen in The News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chairs Quoted in Article on Resources Spent on Big Tech Antitrust Probes by State Attorneys General Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, Co-Chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, are quoted in a Bloomberg Law...

The State AG Report Weekly Update October 31, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

October 31, 2019

Data Privacy & Security FTC Staff Comments on NIST’s Proposed Privacy Framework Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) staff submitted a comment on the preliminary draft of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (“NIST”) Privacy Framework: A Tool for Improving Privacy through...

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.

2016 Presidential Prognostications & Insights: The Democratic Race Winds Down

May 24, 2016

Mark, Howard and Blake discuss the state of the Democratic race. Also, Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of Cozen O'Connor's State AG practice, discuss the State AG races.

Be Prepared When a State Attorney General Calls [Natural Products Insider]

January 06, 2016

Lori Kalani and Maria Colsey Heard discuss AG investigations in, "Be Prepared When a State Attorney General Calls."

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.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Health Law 2020

December 04, 2019 - Philadelphia, PA

2017 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting

October 15, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

2016 SupplySide West Conference

October 05, 2016 - Las Vegas, NV

2016 Sports Law for Rookies and Veterans

April 15, 2016 - New York, NY

Industry Sectors

Education

  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2003
  • University of Nevada, M.B.A., 1994
  • University of Nevada, B.S., 1990

Awards & Honors

Chambers USA 2014-2018

State AG Report named “Blog of the Year in Law” by the Burton Awards, 2017

  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia

CWAG Alliance Partnership

Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia's Law Firm Advisory Committee