With the nation’s preeminent state attorneys general (AG) practice, Cozen O’Connor provides clients unmatched counsel and boutique-quality personal service in AG-related legal and policy matters across the country. Our attorneys represent clients in AG investigations and litigation (including multistates and federal co-enforcement actions) and counsel clients based upon decades of experience working with AGs across the country.
Cozen O’Connor’s state attorneys general practice is one of the largest in the United States. Members of our practice are widely recognized for establishing this area of legal representation and have worked closely with AG offices and clients for more than 30 years. Our attorneys continue to work at the forefront of emerging state attorneys general issues. Drawing from their deep experience, our attorneys help clients:
Establish and maintain dialogue with AGs
Educate AGs on national and state policy issues
Anticipate and craft creative solutions to potential issues before they impact the client
Minimize exposure to and liability from litigation
Defend vigorously when investigations are unavoidable or litigation is necessary
We provide solutions to businesses on matters brought by state attorneys general across the country, including defending our clients against litigation, qui tam actions, and investigations (including multistate and federal co-enforcement actions) of business practices relating to antitrust, consumer protection, data privacy, and the environment.
Complex Litigation Resolution and Avoidance
We create customized strategies to help our clients avoid becoming targets of costly AG investigations and litigation, and to extricate them from such challenges should they materialize.
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Investigations and Litigation
Whether involving a single state attorney general or multiple attorneys general — we vigorously defend the interests of our clients who face consumer protection and antitrust investigations and litigation. We have successfully resolved investigations involving all 50 state AGs.
State False Claims Acts
Qui tam actions are on the rise as more states adopt false claims acts. Any company doing business with a state has a potential risk. We have experience representing clients in both Medicaid and non-Medicaid false claims act actions. AGs are the gatekeepers that determine whether the state intervenes in an action or not. We have implemented successful strategies that advocate against the state intervening in qui tam actions.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has made partnering with AGs a top priority. We have significant experience assisting financial services firms with issues before the CFPB and AGs. Our attorneys actively engage with the CFPB and AGs on finance-related issues.
Data Privacy and Information Security
AGs have stepped up enforcement of data protection and privacy laws that range from regulating information collection practices targeted to minors to notice requirements for payment card data losses and other breaches. We advise Fortune 500 companies in the credit card, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, retail and other industries on data privacy, data breaches and information security matters before state AGs.
State AGs can have a significant impact on the outcome of litigation as amici. We have secured AG amicus support in the U.S. Supreme Court in many landmark cases.