Lori Kalani

Co-Chair, State Attorneys General

Washington, D.C.

(202) 471-3407

(202) 861-1905

Recent Publication:

Natural Gas Price-Surge Investigation | Repair Restrictions in FTC Crosshairs | Uninhabitable Rentals

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

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

82 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 19 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2021 Guide

May 26, 2021

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 82 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2021 edition; of those, 15 lawyers have been recognized nationally.

Big Law Builds Up State AG Expertise Amid Enforcement Boost

May 12, 2021

Lori Kalani was quoted in Bloomberg Law discussing the growth in law firms that have played out over the past five to 10 years in response to state AGs’ ramped up enforcement work in antitrust, health care, worker rights, and other areas.

JD Supra Selects Four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys as Top Authors

April 05, 2021

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Bernard Nash and Lori Kalani, co-chairs of the firm’s State Attorneys General practice, Michael Schmidt, vice chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department, and Rachel Welford, an attorney in the firm’s Transportation & Trade Group have been selected as top authors for JD Supra’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards for their thought leadership on key topics during 2020.

Law Firms Double Down on State AG Practices

March 03, 2021

Reuters noted the addition of former Nebraska Consumer Protection Chief Meghan Stoppel to Cozen O’Connor’s expanding State AG Group. The article quotes Group Co-Chair, Lori Kalani: “the firm strives to add lawyers to the practice who have specialized expertise with state attorney general matters, which can make it difficult to expand. The firm feels very fortunate to have been able to hire Meghan.”

How might Xavier Becerra operate as HHS Secretary?

February 01, 2021

State AG Group co-chairs, Lori Kalani and Bernie Nash, recently discussed the nomination of California AG, Xavier Becerra, to head up the Department of Health and Human Services with Healthcare Dive.

Cozen O'Connor beefs up state AG practice with Wisconsin statehouse, Reed Smith alum

January 11, 2021

Former Wisconsin deputy attorney general Paul Connell has joined Cozen O’Connor in Chicago, calling the firm’s state attorneys general practice the “market leader in the space.”

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

Natural Gas Price-Surge Investigation | Repair Restrictions in FTC Crosshairs | Uninhabitable Rentals

July 29, 2021

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

$26 Billion Global Opioid Settlement | Source of Millions of Robocalls Shut Down | Diesel-Related False Claims

July 22, 2021

The State AG Report – 7.22.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US.

Google Antitrust Suit | Credit Card Surcharge Ban Lifted | California Clean Air Act Waiver Unconstitutional?

July 15, 2021

The State AG Report – 7.15.2021 Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US:

FTC’s New Made in the USA Labeling Rule | Semiconductor Monopoly Alleged | Falsified Truck Inspections

July 08, 2021

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the US

Considerations for Businesses When Sharing Information with An AG’s Office

July 06, 2021

Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group co-chair Lori Kalani and members Mira Baylson and Meghan Stoppel recently authored an article in Infosecurity, “Considerations When Sharing Information with an AG's Office” offering advice for companies looking to better protect the sensitive information they submit to government entities in response to an inquiry or investigation.

State AG Report Wins Burton Award for 2021 Law Blog of the Year

July 02, 2021

Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Report, the go-to resource for issues relating to state attorneys general (AGs), has again in 2021 received the “Blog of the Year Award in Law” presented by the prestigious Burton Awards. Since 1999, The Burton Awards has rewarded excellence in the legal profession and we are honored to receive this recognition.

New Jersey AG Accepts SEC Post | Divestiture Required in Retail Fuel Chain Deal | $230 M Opioid Settlement

July 01, 2021

Here are last week’s curated AG and federal regulatory news stories highlighting key areas in which state and federal regulators’ decisions are having an impact across the United States.

Do You Know Your Attorney General With Lori Kalani Of Cozen O’Connor

June 11, 2021

Lori Kalani spoke with Richard Levick about what inspired her to build a State AG practice, the importance of personal AG relationships, trends in AG prosecution as we emerge from COVID-19, and how general counsels can prioritize and improve their AG relationships.

State AGs Share Breach Notification Tips and Latest Enforcement Concerns

June 09, 2021

State AG Group co-chair, Lori Kalani, and members Ann-Marie Luciano and Meghan Stoppel, offer best practice advice for companies whose security has been breached and comment on trends in AG enforcement.

Wine Asset Sale Watered Down | Fake Vaccination Cards | Misleading Franchisee Offer [The State AG Report Blog]

April 08, 2021

2022 AG Elections County District Attorney Launches Bid for Wisconsin Attorney General Fond du Lac County DA Eric Toney announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2022 race for the Wisconsin AG’s office, currently held by Democratic AG Josh Kaul. Toney was first elected to...

Mobile Banking App Banned | Sticky Life Alert Contracts | Casino Pays Price for Misleading Regulators [The State AG Report Blog]

April 01, 2021

2023 AG Elections Candidates Ready to Vie for Louisiana Attorney General’s Office Should Incumbent Not Seek Reelection Louisiana Third District Attorney John Belton announced his plans to run for Louisiana AG if incumbent AG Jeff Landry does not seek reelection. Belton is not currently...

California Gets a New AG | $188.6 Million Surgical Mesh Settlement | Keystone Pipeline Litigation [The State AG Report Blog]

March 25, 2021

State AGs in the News Governor Newsom Nominates Rob Bonta for California Attorney General Governor Gavin Newsom nominated California Assemblyman Rob Bonta to replace Xavier Becerra as California AG. Bonta’s appointment will need to be confirmed by the California legislature. According to...

41-State Data Breach Settlement | Additional CCPA Regulations | Suit over Patient Discharge Notice [The State AG Report Blog]

March 18, 2021

Antitrust Attorneys General Testify in House Hearing on Big Tech and Competition On March 18, 2021, Colorado AG Phil Weiser and Nebraska AG Doug Peterson testified before the Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law of the House’s Committee on the Judiciary in a hearing...

Anti-Discrimination Clarification from CFPB | $110 Million Charity Scam | Deceptive Claims re: CBD Cures [The State AG Report Blog]

March 11, 2021

2022 AG Elections Kansas Attorney General Eyes Governor’s Mansion Kansas AG Derek Schmidt announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2022. Schmidt, who first assumed the AG’s office in 2011, is the first Republican to announce his candidacy to unseat Democratic...

1st Amendment Win for Credit Card Surcharges| Texas Sues over Electricity Bills | Dodgy COVID Fees [The State AG Report Blog]

March 04, 2021

Cozen in the News Meghan Stoppel, Former Nebraska Consumer Protection Division Chief, Joins State Attorneys General Group Former Nebraska Consumer Protection Division Chief Meghan Stoppel joined Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Group as a Member. She is a Certified Information Privacy...

Texas Power Companies Investigated Post-Storm | Cryptocurrency Investors Misled| Student Loan Relief [The State AG Report Blog]

February 25, 2021

2022 AG Elections Republican Candidate Seeks 2022 Rematch Against Minnesota’s Incumbent Attorney General Doug Wardlow, general counsel for My Pillow, Inc. and a former state representative, has announced he will again seek the Republican nomination for Minnesota AG. If he were to receive...

$834 Million Plavix Judgment | Student Loan Servicing Settlement | Former NH Attorney General’s New Role [The State AG Report Blog]

February 18, 2021

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor State AG Group Attorneys Discuss Workplace Enforcement Priorities and Regulatory Risks Cozen O’Connor State AG Group members Maria Colsey Heard and Ann-Marie Luciano published an article in Bloomberg Law in which they discussed how state attorneys general are...

Testimony Against Flavored Tobacco | Affordable Cellular Service | McKinsey Settles over Opioid Role [The State AG Report Blog]

February 11, 2021

2022 AG Elections Arkansas Lt. Governor Announces Intent to Run for Attorney General Arkansas Republican Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin announced that he is dropping his gubernatorial bid and is running for Arkansas AG instead. Current two-term Arkansas AG Leslie Rutledge, a Republican, is...

Strengthening Price Gouging Statute | Illegal Fees for Mortgage Payments | AGs Contest Reprieve for Robocallers [The State AG Report Blog]

February 04, 2021

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Co-Chairs Quoted in Article About HHS Secretary Nominee Bernie Nash and Lori Kalani, Co-Chairs of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, are quoted in a Healthcare Dive article discussing the expectations for...

FTC Under New Management | First Assertion of the BOTS Act | Ash Cleanup Costs Redistributed [The State AG Report Blog]

January 28, 2021

Breaking News New Leadership at the FTC President Joseph R. Biden designated Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter as Acting Chair of the FTC. As Commissioner, Chairwoman Slaughter advocated for the “aggressive use of the FTC’s authorities,” and has been...

Impostor Government Invoices | Car Dealer Employees Working Without Pay? | Democratic AGs v. Trump Administration [The State AG Report Blog]

January 21, 2021

State AGs in the News Alaska Governor Nominates Acting Attorney General to Be Attorney General Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy nominated acting Alaska AG Clyde “Ed” Sniffen for the AG position. The nomination must be confirmed by the Alaska Legislature. As previously reported, Acting AG...

Charity Shenanigans | Virtual In-Game Rewards Not Real | Apps’ Data Privacy Lapses [The State AG Report Blog]

January 14, 2021

Cozen in the News Paul Connell, Former Wisconsin Deputy Attorney General, Joins Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Group Former Wisconsin Deputy AG Paul Connell has joined Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Group as a Member. Connell served as Deputy AG and as senior counsel to then-Wisconsin...

Google Faces 2 Antitrust Suits | “Made in USA” Glue Isn’t | Mortgage-Backed Securities Settlement [The State AG Report Blog]

January 07, 2021

Antitrust Google Is in the Crosshairs of Two Multistate Antitrust Suits Two groups of AGs filed antitrust lawsuits against Google LLC (“Google”). A group of seven Republican AGs, led by Texas AG Ken Paxton, sued Google over allegations that it violated the Sherman Act and state antitrust...

Credit Score Use Without Notice | Financing Bad Landlord Behavior | § 340B Mandated Pharma Discounts [The State AG Report Blog]

December 17, 2020

COVID-19 Defunct Travel Agency To Refund Travelers Who Paid Twice for Their Lodgings Massachusetts AG Maura Healey reached a settlement with online travel agency BookIt Operating LLC d/b/a BookIt.com and its CEO (collectively “BookIt”) to resolve allegations that it knowingly collected money...

Razors Raise Antitrust Worries | $86 Million Mortgage Servicing Settlement | Creative Alleged Tax Avoidance [The State AG Report Blog]

December 10, 2020

2020 AG Elections Maine AG Aaron Frey was reelected to a second two-year term by a joint convention of the Maine House and Senate. California AG Xavier Becerra was nominated by President-Elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”). Should AG Becerra be...

AGs Urge CARES Act Extension | iPhone Throttling Settlement | Consolidation in Web Listings Service Market [The State AG Report Blog]

December 03, 2020

Cozen In The News Cozen O’Connor Member Jerry Kilgore Recognized for Contributions to NAAG Earlier this week, former Virginia Attorney General and Cozen O’Connor member, Jerry Kilgore, was recognized amongst his peers during the Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (“SAGE”) Business Meeting...

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...

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.

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 2014-2021; Band 1 in Government Relations: State Attorneys General

Chambers & Partners USA 2021; Corporate Crime & Investigations Department: Highly Regarded

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

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