Cozen O’Connor: Kalani, Lori

Lori Kalani

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3407

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

The State AG Report Weekly Update February 14, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chairs Discuss Attorney General Enforcement Trends and Predictions for 2019 Lori Kalani and Bernie Nash, Co-Chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, recently discussed trends and predictions for state AG...

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

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

The State AG Report Weekly Update February 14, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

February 14, 2019

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chairs Discuss Attorney General Enforcement Trends and Predictions for 2019 Lori Kalani and Bernie Nash, Co-Chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, recently discussed trends and predictions for state AG...

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

February 07, 2019

Cannabis/Marijuana Vermont Attorney General Supports Bill Legalizing Cannabis Production and Sales Vermont AG TJ Donovan testified before the state Senate Judiciary Committee in support of a bill that would legalize cannabis production and sales in the state. The bill, S.54, would establish...

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

January 31, 2019

2019 AG Elections Republican Wil Schroder Announces Bid for Kentucky AG, Republican Whitney Westerfield Withdraws Bid State Senator Wil Schroeder, a Republican, has announced his candidacy for Kentucky AG in 2019 after Republican state Senator Whitney Westerfield withdrew his candidacy....

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 24, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

January 24, 2019

Cozen in the News Cozen O'Connor's State Attorneys General Practice Analyzes 2018 Attorney General Activity and Trends With 18 new state AGs elected or appointed to office in the last three months, our State AG Practice expects 2019 to be an active year of AG scrutiny for businesses in every...

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 17, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

January 17, 2019

Consumer Protection Massachusetts Attorney General Settles With Tax Preparation Company Over Allegedly Misleading and Deceptive Advertisements Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with tax preparation company Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Inc. (“Jackson Hewitt”) to resolve...

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 10, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

January 10, 2019

Breaking News Hawaii Governor Appoints Clare Connors as Attorney General Clare Connors, a Democrat, has been appointed to serve as Hawaii AG by recently re-elected Governor David Ige, replacing AG Russell Suzuki. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the state Senate. Prior to her...

The State AG Report Weekly Update January 3, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

January 03, 2019

2019 AG Elections Former Kentucky AG Greg Stumbo Announces Bid for Kentucky AG Former Kentucky AG Greg Stumbo, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for Kentucky AG in 2019. Stumbo is an attorney in private practice who previously served in the Kentucky House of Representatives for 32 years,...

The State AG Report Weekly Update December 20, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

December 20, 2018

2020 AG Elections Democrat Kimberly Dudik Announces Candidacy for Montana Attorney General State Representative Kimberly Dudik, a Democrat, has declared her candidacy for Montana AG in 2020. Representative Dudik is serving her fourth term in the state House, is an attorney in private...

The State AG Report Weekly Update December 13, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

December 13, 2018

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Highlights the Diverse Class of 17 New AGs Taking Office in 2019 State Attorneys General Practice Policy Adviser Kristina Howard discusses how the 17 new incoming State Attorneys General (AGs) taking office in 2019 represent...

The State AG Report Weekly Update December 6, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

December 06, 2018

Breaking News Alaska Governor Appoints Kevin Clarkson as Attorney General Recently elected Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavey, a Republican, appointed Kevin Clarkson as Attorney General, replacing AG Jahna Lindemuth. Prior to his appointment, Clarkson was an attorney in private practice at the...

The State AG Report Weekly Update November 29, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

November 29, 2018

Breaking News Wyoming Governor-Elect Announces Appointment of Attorney General Bridget Hill has been appointed to serve as the Wyoming AG by Governor-elect Mark Gordon (R). Since 2013, Hill has served as Director of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, and previously worked in...

The State AG Report Weekly Update November 15, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

November 15, 2018

Breaking News Missouri Governor Announces Appointment of State Treasurer Eric Schmitt as Attorney General Missouri State Treasurer Eric Schmitt, a Republican, has been appointed to serve as AG by Governor Mike Parson. He will be sworn in as AG in January 2019. As previously reported, former...

The State AG Report Weekly Update November 8, 2017 [The State AG Report Blog]

November 08, 2018

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Election Tracker Reports 2018 AG Election Results and 2019 Projected AG Political Landscape Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Election Tracker issued a report on the 2018 AG Election Results & 2019 Projected AG Political Landscape...

The State AG Report Weekly Update November 1, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

November 01, 2018

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Featured in Beltway Briefing Podcast’s Special State AG Election Edition Episode With less than a week until election day, Cozen O’Connor’s Public Strategies Group’s Beltway Briefing: Road to the Midterms 2018 podcast featured...

The State AG Report Weekly Update October 25, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

October 25, 2018

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Issues Alert Regarding IRS Rule Change Affecting Attorney General Settlements State Attorneys General Practice Member Maria Colsey Heard has analyzed a recent amendment to the Internal Revenue Code affecting how government...

The State AG Report Weekly Update October 18, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

October 18, 2018

2018 State AG Elections Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Election Tracker Updates 2018 Election Prediction for Nevada Attorney General Race With 19 days to go before election day, Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Election Tracker has updated its 2018 AG race prediction in Nevada’s open race from Toss-up to...

The State AG Report Weekly Update October 11, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

October 11, 2018

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chair Quoted in Article on Arizona Attorney General Race Bernie Nash, Co-Chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, discussed the heightened national interest in Arizona’s upcoming AG election with the...

The State AG Report Weekly Update October 4, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

October 04, 2018

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Previews Attorney General Activity in U.S. Supreme Court October Term State Attorneys General Practice Member Ann-Marie Luciano and Associate Keturah Taylor have analyzed AG activity in cases granted certiorari by the U.S....

The State AG Report Weekly Update September 27, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

September 27, 2018

2018 AG Elections Cozen O’Connor State AG Election Tracker Now Features 2018 Election Predictions Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Election Tracker now features predictions for the 31 AG elections occurring on November 6, 2018. Our predictions are based on the latest news, polls, and exclusive...

The State AG Report Weekly Update September 20, 2018 [The State AG Report Blog]

September 20, 2018

2018 AG Elections New York Holds 2018 Primary Elections New York held primary elections on Thursday, September 13. Democrat Letitia James defeated three other candidates to secure her party’s nomination for the open AG seat. James is the New York City public advocate and previously served...

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

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