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 September 19, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

Consumer Protection Tennessee Attorney General Settles with Cigarette Manufacturer Over Alleged Sales of Contraband Cigarettes Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery III reached a settlement with cigarette manufacturer Xcaliber International Ltd., LLC (“Xcaliber”) over allegations that sold cigarettes...

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

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

The State AG Report Weekly Update September 19, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

September 19, 2019

Consumer Protection Tennessee Attorney General Settles with Cigarette Manufacturer Over Alleged Sales of Contraband Cigarettes Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery III reached a settlement with cigarette manufacturer Xcaliber International Ltd., LLC (“Xcaliber”) over allegations that sold cigarettes...

The State AG Report Weekly Update September 12, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

September 12, 2019

Antitrust 50 Attorneys General to Investigate Tech Company Over Advertising and Search Engine Practices 50 AGs, led by Texas AG Ken Paxton, announced an investigation into Google over allegedly anticompetitive behavior in violation of state and federal antitrust laws. According to AG...

The State AG Report Weekly Update September 5, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

September 05, 2019

Cozen in the News Latest Trends and Insights on State Attorneys General Antitrust Enforcement from Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Milton Marquis, Ann-Marie Luciano, and Keturah Taylor of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice published an article, State Attorneys...

The State AG Report Weekly Update August 29, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

August 29, 2019

2019 AG Elections Lynn Fitch Secures Republican Nomination for Mississippi Attorney General in Runoff Election Mississippi held a runoff election for the Republican AG primary race on August 27, 2019. State Treasurer Lynn Fitch won the nomination by defeating Andy Taggart, the former...

The State AG Report Weekly Update August 22, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

August 22, 2019

2020 AG Elections Democrat Karen Tallian Announces Bid for Indiana Attorney General State Senator Karen Tallian, a Democrat, has announced her candidacy for Indiana AG in 2020. Senator Tallian has served in the state Senate since 2005, is currently the Senate Democrat caucus chair, and...

The State AG Report Weekly Update August 15, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

August 15, 2019

Charities 4 Attorneys General Settle with Military Charity Over Alleged Deceptive Practices Four AGs, led by Virginia AG Mark Herring, reached a settlement with Hearts 2 Heroes Inc., d/b/a Active Duty Support Services Inc. and its owners over allegations that the for-profit company deceptively...

The State AG Report Weekly Update August 8, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

August 08, 2019

2019 AG Elections Republican Primary for Mississippi Attorney General Heads to Runoff; Winner Will Face Democrat Jennifer Riley Collins None of the three Republican candidates for AG received a majority of the vote in the Republican primary for Mississippi AG. The top two vote-getters, State...

The State AG Report Weekly Update August 1, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

August 01, 2019

Antitrust California Attorney General Announces Settlement with Pharmaceutical Company Over Allegedly Anticompetitive Patent Settlement California AG Xavier Becerra reached a settlement with pharmaceutical company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries...

The State AG Report Weekly Update July 25, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

July 25, 2019

Cannabis/Marijuana Bipartisan Coalition of 37 Attorneys General Submits Comment to FDA Regarding Cannabis Products The National Association of Attorneys General (“NAAG”) submitted a comment to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), signed by a bipartisan coalition of 37 AGs led by...

The State AG Report Weekly Update July 18, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

July 18, 2019

Antitrust 33 Attorneys General, U.S. Department of Justice, FTC Settle With Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Over Allegedly Monopolizing Opioid Addiction Treatment Market 33 AGs, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”), and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) reached separate settlements with...

The State AG Report Weekly Update July 11, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

July 11, 2019

Cannabis / Marijuana Iowa Attorney General Issues Statement on Legality of Hemp and Cannabidiol Products  Iowa AG Tom Miller issued a statement regarding the legality of hemp and cannabidiol (“CBD”) products under state law after Congress passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018...

The State AG Report Weekly Update June 27, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

June 27, 2019

2020 AG Elections Republican John Westercamp Announces Candidacy for Indiana Attorney General John Westercamp, a Republican, announced his candidacy for Indiana AG in 2020. Westercamp is an attorney in private practice in Indianapolis. Current AG Curtis Hill, a Republican who is...

The State AG Report Weekly Update June 20, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

June 20, 2019

Consumer Protection California Attorney General Sues Country Club Owners and Operators Over Allegedly Failing to Repay Deposits to Members California AG Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against country club owners and operators ClubCorp Holdings, Inc., ClubCorp Club Operations, Inc., CCA Club...

The State AG Report Weekly Update June 13, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

June 13, 2019

Antitrust 10 Attorneys General Sue to Enjoin Merger of Major Wireless Phone Companies 10 AGs, led by New York AG Letitia James and California AG Xavier Becerra, filed a lawsuit to enjoin T-Mobile US, Inc. and its parent company (collectively, “T-Mobile”) from acquiring Sprint Corporation over...

The State AG Report Weekly Update June 6, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

June 06, 2019

Charities California Attorney General Sues International Assistance Charity Over Allegedly Misleading Reporting Scheme and Deceptive Solicitations California AG Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit against international assistance charity Aid for Starving Children and related individuals...

The State AG Report Weekly Update May 30, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

May 30, 2019

Charities New York Attorney General Settles With Fraternal Order Over Allegedly Misusing Charitable Funds New York AG Letitia James reached a settlement with Oneonta Lodge No. 1312 Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Inc. (“Oneonta Elks”) to resolve allegations that it misused charitable...

The State AG Report Weekly Update May 23, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

May 23, 2019

2019 AG Elections Republican Daniel Cameron and Democrat Greg Stumbo Secure Party Nominations for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron defeated state Senator Wil Schroeder to win the Republican nomination for Kentucky AG in the primary election. Democrat Greg Stumbo, who ran...

The State AG Report Weekly Update May 16, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

May 16, 2019

Cozen in the News Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice Discusses FTC Data Security Orders JB Kelly, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, was quoted in a recent FTCWatch article discussing the FTC’s April 2019 orders regarding a company’s efforts to secure...

The State AG Report Weekly Update May 9, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

May 09, 2019

2020 AG Elections Democrat Raph Graybill Announces Candidacy for Montana Attorney General Raph Graybill, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for Montana AG in 2020. Graybill is Chief Legal Counsel to Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s and previously worked as an attorney in private practice...

The State AG Report Weekly Update May 2, 2019 [The State AG Report Blog]

May 02, 2019

Antitrust FTC Sues Health Information Company Over Allegedly Monopolizing Electronic Prescription Markets The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) filed a lawsuit against health information company Surescripts, LLC, over allegations that it monopolized electronic prescription markets in violation...

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