Lori Kalani

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3407

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

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

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...

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

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...

WV AG Primary Results | $3.6 M Misleading Advertising Settlement | AGs Seek Stay of Pipeline Injunction [The State AG Report Blog]

June 25, 2020

COVID-19 Planning a Trip During the Pandemic? Add Reliability of Travel Agency to Your Worry List Massachusetts AG Maura Healey sued online travel agency BookIt Operating, LLC, d/b/a BookIt.com, and its CEO (collectively “BookIt”) for allegedly knowingly collecting money from consumers for...

Privacy v. Contact Tracing Apps | Fracking Pollution Criminal Charges | Loans at 251% Interest [The State AG Report Blog]

June 18, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General Express Concern Over Contact Tracing Apps The National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) sent a letter signed by a bipartisan group of 39 AGs to Apple, Inc. and Google, LLC, seeking assurances that all COVID-19-related contact tracing and exposure...

Stronger Price Gouging Law in New York | Suit over Billions of Robocalls | Settlement with Children's App Developer [The State AG Report Blog]

June 11, 2020

COVID-19 New York Strengthens Protections Against Price Gouging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed 8189 and A.10270 into law, which strengthen New York state’s ability to combat price gouging on essential goods and services, including products and equipment critically needed during the...

2020 AG Election Updates | Price Fixing on Canned Tuna | Google Sued for Tracking Users [The State AG Report Blog]

June 04, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General Continue to Address Alleged COVID-19-Related Fraud and Abuse Florida AG Ashley Moody reached a settlement with Sunshine Community Rx d/b/a PrecisionMed Pharmacy (“PrecisionMed”) to resolve allegations that it marketed and sold COVID-19 test kits by falsely promoting...

COVID-19-Related Scams | Improving Access to Internet Nationally | Student Debt Relief Fraud [The State AG Report Blog]

May 28, 2020

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor Adds Privacy, Technology, and Class Action Litigation Depth Cozen O’Connor added two significant attorney groups in recent weeks whose niche practices are highly complementary to the work of Cozen’s State Attorneys General Practice. Nine attorneys joined the...

FTC Flags COVID-19 Fraud & Abuse | $550 Million Subprime Auto Loan Settlement | Bank Accounts for Marijuana Businesses Urged [The State AG Report Blog]

May 21, 2020

COVID-19 FTC Flags for COVID-19-Related Fraud and Abuse The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and the Small Business Administration (“SBA”) sent joint letters to marketing company ITMedia Solutions, LLC (“ITMedia”) and its client Lendio, Inc. warning them that they may be misleading small...

AG Investigates Nursing Homes | FTC Sends More COVID-19 Warning Letters | Zoom Agrees to Enhance Security [The State AG Report Blog]

May 14, 2020

COVID-19 Who’s Watching Gramma? Pennsylvania Attorney General Investigates Nursing Homes for Criminal Neglect Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro is investigating ”several” unidentified nursing homes in the state over COVID-19-related allegations of neglect of a care-dependent person, a criminal...

Price Gouging Lawsuits | Antitrust Settlement in Cancer Care Market | Alleged Misuse of Tax Credits by Nonprofit [The State AG Report Blog]

May 07, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General Address Pandemic-Related Price Gouging District of Columbia AG Karl Racine sued convenience store Helen Mart, LLC for allegedly selling bleach at a 200% markup, compared to prices charged by other retailers, in violation of the District’s Natural Disaster Consumer...

COVID-19-Related Fraud Continues | Wind Turbine Scam | AG Shuts Down Illegal Robocallers [The State AG Report Blog]

April 30, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General and FTC Continue to Protect the Public from COVID-19-Related Fraud Florida AG Ashley Moody sued advertising company Traffic Jam Events, LLC and its owner for allegedly mailing deceptive used car advertisements disguised as COVID-19 stimulus checks in violation of...

AG Sues China over COVID-19 | Layoffs in AG’s Office | FTC Settles with Rent-to-Own Payment Plan Co [The State AG Report Blog]

April 23, 2020

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Member/Former Virginia AG Discusses State Cannabis Compliance Programs Cozen O'Connor Member and former Virginia AG Jerry Kilgore participated in the opening panel for the Attorney General Alliance’s (“AGA”) Cannabis Law and...

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.

AGs’ COVID-19-Related Resources | Nursing Homes Investigated | Anticompetitive Conduct in Labor Markets [The State AG Report Blog]

April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General Take Action to Help Constituents During the COVID-19 Pandemic AGs across the country are using their prominent public profiles to provide reliable information during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Massachusetts AG Maura Healey launched a new website with...

COVID-19-Related Fraud | Stay-at-Home Orders Enforced| AGs Support Suits Where Injuries Occurred [The State AG Report Blog]

April 09, 2020

COVID-19 Attorneys General and Federal Agencies Battle a Flood of COVID-19-Related Fraud, Fake Medicines, and Price Gouging State and federal law enforcement agencies are stepping up their efforts to protect the public from bad actors capitalizing on the COVID-19 pandemic. Included here are...

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...

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 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