Bernie has cultivated an unsurpassed understanding of the State Attorneys General (AG) world over his 50-plus years of practice. He has access to, and strong working relationships with, key decision-makers in state AG offices throughout the country. As AGs have increased their political, policy, and regulatory clout, under Bernie’s leadership the Cozen O’Connor State AG Group has become the leading practice in the United States devoted to defending clients in AG investigations and litigations, resolving state AG disputes and counselling clients on working constructively with AGs.
Bernie advises clients on how to successfully navigate and manage AG scrutiny and oversight in investigations, settlements, and litigation. He advises on strategies for managing litigation, and when it cannot be avoided, works to minimize the associated risks. He has represented some of the largest and most significant national and international companies, including Fortune 50 companies, across a wide range of industries such as financial services, telecommunications, technology and software, retail, energy, automotive, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture. Clients come to him when their company’s reputation, market position, and even very existence, are on the line. His experience in handling large mergers with antitrust implications, significant single-state AG actions, and large multi-state actions is vast.
Bernie’s depth and breadth of experience gives him a unique ability to see all pieces of the state regulatory puzzle and guide his clients to clear and decisive action. This no-nonsense, reality-based perspective facilitates frank conversations through which Bernie helps clients identify achievable solutions. Taken together with Bernie’s decades-long relationships with individual AGs and their staffs, Bernie is uniquely positioned to negotiate creatively with AGs to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients, aligned with their strategic business goals.
As a former trial attorney and special counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as well as counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly — where he was responsible for drafting the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act of 1976 and developing and executing the legislative strategy that overcame two filibusters prior to its enactment — Bernie’s government experience provides an additional valuable perspective to his current client work.
Bernie is the co-editor of Cozen O’Connor’s State AG Report blog, the go-to resource for issues relating to AGs.