Lori Kalani

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3407

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

COVID-19 Fake Cures | Accuracy in Debt Collection Reporting | North Carolina AG Reelected [The State AG Report Blog]

2020 AG Elections Just Called: Incumbent Attorney General Wins Second Term in North Carolina North Carolina AG Josh Stein (D) won reelection in a closely watched race over Jim O’Neill (R) by a margin of 51% to 49.9%. AG Stein, first elected in 2016, will serve his second term in office....

Lori understands that dealing with state attorneys general (AGs) can be challenging for companies at all stages of their life cycle. Lori’s clients seek her counsel on navigating the intersection between business, public policy, and the law. She partners with her clients to identify and address complex issues and advance clients’ strategic business goals, by providing:

  • assessment of the regulatory landscape and development of compliant business practices;
  • strategies for potential transactions;
  • interpretation of the application of consumer protection laws in all 50 states; and
  • strategic defense against enforcement actions and investigations.

Lori’s path to leading Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group began during her almost 10 years as in-house counsel for DISH Network. Lori was the attorney responsible for managing the interface between DISH and government regulators, and in that role she established working relationships with state AGs and their staffs. She met with AGs in all 50 states, and developed an in-depth understanding of each office’s enforcement priorities, how they functioned, and how to best work with them.

In private practice, Lori has continued her strategic, direct interaction with AGs across the country. Her business savvy, together with her extensive legal, political, and policy experience, has gained her the trust of state regulators. She regularly attends national AG association meetings, and meets one-on-one with AGs, both in their home states and in Washington, D.C. This familiarity allows her not only to respond to, but in many cases to anticipate, client issues that may arise, and move swiftly to develop a thoughtful and strategic position that aligns with her clients’ objectives. She is well-versed in developing practical solutions for clients ranging from rapidly scaling entrepreneurial tech businesses at opportunity crossroads to long-established Fortune 50 companies needing to adapt to fast-moving regulatory change.

Lori manages cases and negotiates resolutions to AG issues and challenges on behalf of companies in both regulated and non-regulated industries, including direct-to-consumer sales, financial services, gaming, social media, telecommunications, retail, transportation, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, hospitality, energy, and health care. She also advises charitable organizations and trade associations. She is often called on to serve as co-counsel focusing on state AG issues in complex, multi-agency cases, working in close partnership with other law firms.

Whether addressing alleged consumer protection claims, environmental violations, data breaches, false claims act issues, or other state enforcement actions, Lori looks beyond the facts of the current situation to resolve the matter at hand, with an eye to minimizing her clients’ future legal exposure.

Lori is actively involved in AG organizations and programs throughout the country, including serving on the Attorney General Alliance Advisory Board 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 serves on the firm's PAC Governance and Shareholder Compensation Committees.

 

Experience

News

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

May 14, 2020

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.

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

COVID-19 Fake Cures | Accuracy in Debt Collection Reporting | North Carolina AG Reelected [The State AG Report Blog]

November 19, 2020

2020 AG Elections Just Called: Incumbent Attorney General Wins Second Term in North Carolina North Carolina AG Josh Stein (D) won reelection in a closely watched race over Jim O’Neill (R) by a margin of 51% to 49.9%. AG Stein, first elected in 2016, will serve his second term in office....

$60 Million Pest Control Settlement | Sotheby’s Alleged Tax Dodge | More Zoom Security Scrutiny [The State AG Report Blog]

November 12, 2020

2020 AG Elections New Leadership Team at the Republican Attorneys General Association The Republican Attorneys General Association (“RAGA”) announced the election of the leadership team for its Executive Committee for 2021, which will be led by Chairman Georgia AG Chris Carr, Vice-Chairman...

AG Elections Roundup | FTC Requires Medical Device Divestiture | Aetna Data Breach Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

November 05, 2020

2020 AG Elections Ten AG elections were held on November 3, 2020. As of this writing, six incumbent AGs won their elections, and Republicans held the open-seats in Indiana and Montana. In the two undecided races, Democratic incumbents in North Carolina and Pennsylvania are narrowly leading...

2020 Election Impact | Waste Management Merger Antitrust Concerns | NAAG Consumer Protection Conference Highlights [The State AG Report Blog]

October 29, 2020

Breaking News A Preview of How the Presidential Election Will Influence the Agendas of State Attorneys General Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Member Sean Riley penned an alert analyzing the effect of the presidential election on state AGs’ agenda. In the alert, Riley lays...

Google Sued over Antitrust Allegations | Preview of 2020 AG Races | Delay of Generic Humira Challenged [The State AG Report Blog]

October 22, 2020

2020 AG Elections A Primer on 2020 State Attorneys General Elections Jerry Kilgore, a Member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice and former Virginia AG and Secretary of Public Safety, penned an alert analyzing state AG races across the country. In the alert, General Kilgore...

Twitter Dinged on Political Advertising | California’s Mini-CFPB | Hospital System Settles Data Breach [The State AG Report Blog]

October 15, 2020

Antitrust FTC Orders Divestment of Gas Stations to Avoid Harming Competition in Local Markets The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued an order requiring energy company Arko Holdings Ltd. and its subsidiaries (collectively “Arko”) to divest certain assets after determining that its proposed...

Airline Passengers’ Rights | Fake COVID-19 Cures | Unlicensed Debt Collection Agency Sued [The State AG Report Blog]

October 08, 2020

COVID-19 NAAG: Airline Industry Customers Deserve Stronger Consumer Protections The National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) sent a letter to congressional leaders urging Congress to strengthen consumer protections for airline industry customers. The letter, signed by a bipartisan...

Precious Metals Scam | R, D AGs Weigh In on Pipelines | $60 Million Surgical Mesh Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

October 01, 2020

COVID-19 AG Coalitions Tackle PPP, Price Gouging Concerns Eighteen Democratic AGs, led by Illinois AG Kwame Raoul, sent a comment letter to the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) opposing the SBA’s proposed rule governing the appeals process for Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans,...

Multimillion Charity Scam | Data Privacy Risks of Fertility App | Lexis Settles Whistleblower Complaint [The State AG Report Blog]

September 25, 2020

Charities Alleged Scammers Collected Tens of Millions of Dollars for Fake Charities Minnesota AG Keith Ellison, New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal, New York AG Letitia James, Virginia AG Mark Herring and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached a settlement with Mark Gelvan, multiple companies...

AG Climate Change Suits Continue | Dunkin’ in Hot Water | CFPB and States Settle with Student Lender [The State AG Report Blog]

September 17, 2020

2022 AG Elections Challenger Takes on Texas Incumbent Attorney General Joe Jaworski, former Mayor of Galveston Texas, announced his intention to seek the Democratic nomination for Texas AG to challenge Republican incumbent AG Ken Paxton in the 2022 election. For more AG election news,...

Debt Collectors Sued | States Object to Proposed Fed Banking Rule | States Move to Stop USPS Changes [The State AG Report Blog]

September 10, 2020

2021 AG Elections Virginia Incumbent Attorney General Seeks Reelection, Skips Governor’s Race Virginia AG Mark Herring reportedly will seek a third term as AG and not run for governor as previously reported. As previously reported, AG Herring will face Norfolk, Virginia, Delegate Jay Jones...

COVID-19 Fees Challenged | DC AG Sues Instacart | $10 Million Penalty for Robocalls & False Ads [The State AG Report Blog]

September 03, 2020

COVID-19 Senior Living Facilities Warned Against Charging Potentially Illegal COVID-19 Fees Michigan AG Dana Nessel sent cease and desist letters to senior living facilities owner CSIG Holding Co. LLC, management company Senior Village Management LLC, and 11 facilities under their ownership...

COVID-19 Price Gouging | Alaska AG Resigns | Honda’s $85 Million Multistate Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

August 27, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General Are Vigilant About Pandemic-Related Price Gouging and Illegal Balance Billing Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro sued online seller M & B Multi Services Inc. and its owner (collectively “M&B”) for allegedly gouging the price of hand sanitizer in violation of the...

Battle over USPS | Removal of Trustees for Alleged Self-Dealing | Lenders vs. State Interest Rate Laws [The State AG Report Blog]

August 20, 2020

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor State AG Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers In the 27th Edition of Best Lawyers in America published today, Cozen O’Connor State AG Group attorneys Bernie Nash, Milton Marquis and Jerry Kilgore were again recognized as leaders in the profession and in their...

COVID-19 Price Gouging on Eggs | EPA Picks up Cleanup Tab | Not All Smiles with this Judgment [The State AG Report Blog]

August 13, 2020

COVID-19 Paying 4X for Eggs? New York Attorney General Alleges Price Gouging in Lawsuit Against Egg Producer New York AG Letitia James sued egg producer and wholesale distributor Hillandale Farms Corp. and related entities (collectively “Hillandale Farms”) for allegedly gouging the prices...

COVID-19 Drug Availability | Federal Banking Rule vs. State Usury Laws | Kickbacks for Pain Meds [The State AG Report Blog]

August 06, 2020

COVID-19 Bipartisan Group of Attorneys General Seeks to Expand Production of Antiviral Drug A bipartisan group of 34 AGs, led by California AG Xavier Becerra and Louisiana AG Jeff Landry, sent a letter urging the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”), the National Institutes...

COVID-19 PPE Scam | Biotech Company in $94 Million False Claims Settlement | Hidden Telecom Fees [The State AG Report Blog]

July 30, 2020

COVID-19 Selling Nonexistent PPE Is Not a Good Business Plan New York AG Letitia James reached a settlement with medical supply company Borgese Holdings, Inc. d/b/a IMPACT Medical & Surgical Solutions and its owner (collectively, “IMPACT”) to resolve allegations that it fraudulently...

Credit Card Interest Rate Scam | “Made in USA” Settlement | Vaping Laws Enforced [The State AG Report Blog]

July 23, 2020

COVID-19 Attorney General to Congress: Let States Help Battle COVID-19-Related Medicaid Scams Citing the growing number of COVID-19-related scams, Kansas AG Derek Schmidt urged Congress to expand the authority of states to investigate and prosecute fraud and abuse perpetrated against Medicaid...

EU Kills Privacy Shield | Honesty in Telecom Advertising | Big False Claims Act Settlements [The State AG Report Blog]

July 16, 2020

2020 AG Elections Indiana GOP Chooses AG Candidate for 2020; Virginia Looks Ahead to 2021 Todd Rokita, former Indiana Secretary of State and U.S. Congressman, has won the Republican nomination for Indiana AG over incumbent AG Curtis Hill and will face Democratic candidate Jonathan Weinzapfel...

AGs’ Expanding Focus Due to COVID-19 | New Antitrust Guidelines | AG Sues Timeshare Exit Companies [The State AG Report Blog]

July 09, 2020

Cozen in the News New Challenges for Attorneys General as They Respond to COVID-19 Christopher Allen, a Member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, penned an Alert analyzing the novel ways in which AGs are wielding their legal, political, and policy-making authority in...

Demand for Information-Sharing Platforms Has Soared, Raising Privacy Concerns With Regulators [Alert]

April 22, 2020

Lori Kalani and Ann-Marie Luciano discuss privacy and data security issues state AGs are investigating and what technology companies can do to prevent these issues.

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

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 & Partners USA 2014-2020; Band 1 in Government Relations: State Attorneys General

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