Cozen O’Connor: Kilgore, Jerry W.

Jerry W. Kilgore



(804) 762-6916

(804) 762-6950

Washington, D.C.

(202) 463-2529

Former Virginia Attorney General and Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Jerry Kilgore is a member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice. Jerry’s distinguished political career and experience as a litigator uniquely positions him to advise clients on important government investigations and regulatory matters, and the interplay with Attorneys General and public policy. Jerry’s experience and hands-on perspective on issues ranging from consumer protection to health care to energy and technology, has earned him bi-partisan respect within the attorney general community.

As attorney general of Virginia from 2002-2005, Jerry served on the executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General and as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association. He worked with the federal government, the state legislature, and other stakeholders to promote a business friendly environment.

Most recently, Jerry led a national Attorneys General Practice and represented clients involved in high-profile individual and multistate attorneys general investigations and litigation, and counseled clients on AG trends, best practices, and compliance issues. He has represented a diverse portfolio of clients including Fortune 500 companies, national associations, and technology startups.

Jerry possesses a deep understanding of the nuances of the attorneys general and regulatory spaces and has developed and executed strategic solutions to clients' most critical legal and policy concerns. He also has an extensive network of contacts at both the state and federal level.

Jerry served as secretary of public safety under Governor George Allen from 1994 to 1998 and as assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia from 1987-1992.

Jerry currently serves as finance chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. Jerry has been honored with numerous accolades, including being named among The Best Lawyers in America. He received his J.D. from William & Mary Law School and his B.A. with honors from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.  


138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

State AG Practice Opens Virginia Office

January 03, 2018

The Virginia team will be headed by Jerry W. Kilgore, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG practice and former Virginia State Attorney General. Cozen O’Connor’s State AG group is one of the largest and oldest state AG practices in the nation, with a focus on AG-facing investigations, litigation, outreach, and policy.

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.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Jerry Kilgore’s Addition to Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Featured in National Media

February 28, 2017

The expansion of Cozen O’Connor’s leading State Attorneys General practice with the addition Jerry Kilgore has been profiled by The National Journal.

Cozen O’Connor Expands State Attorneys General Practice with Addition of Former Virginia State Attorney General Jerry Kilgore

February 27, 2017

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Jerry Kilgore has joined the firm’s State Attorneys General (AG) Practice as a member.


The Beltway Briefing Road to the 2018 Midterm Elections - Special General Election Edition

October 30, 2018

On this podcast, Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies Managing Partner Howard Schweitzer and Former Virginia Attorney General and member of the Cozen O’Connor State AG group Jerry Kilgore join Blake Rutherford to discuss the highlights of key incumbent and open seat races in the 31 State AG elections in 2018.

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

Beyond the First Step Act

May 22, 2019 - Washington, D.C.

2017 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting

October 15, 2017 - Washington, D.C.

State CPA Society ED/CEO and Managing P/MD Summit

October 03, 2017 - Westlake, TX

FinTech Policy Roundtable Fly-In

September 07, 2017 - Washington D.C.


  • William & Mary Law School, J.D., 1986
  • The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, B.A., summa cum laude, 1983

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2019

  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia