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Jonathan M. Cohen

Jonathan Cohen is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he is a member of the insurance coverage practice group. His practice focuses on representing policyholders in obtaining insurance coverage in complex, multiparty disputes involving product liability, product recalls, and supply chain issues.  Jonathan also co-chairs the firm’s agribusiness, food and beverage industry group.

Jonathan has worked extensively with food, supplements, technology, and consumer product companies. He has successfully recovered insurance proceeds on behalf of Fortune 500 and smaller companies for a broad array of consumer product risks. He served as lead counsel in numerous negotiations and in litigation involving food contamination and recall losses, Proposition 65 claims, advertising and IP claims, supply chain losses, and first-party property losses.

Jonathan also represents clients in managing their business risks and advises clients with respect to insurance, indemnity agreements, and other contract-related aspects of their risk management strategies. He brings a unique perspective to client counseling, drawing on both his legal experience and his Ph.D. in organizational sociology to advance his clients’ business approach to addressing risk.

He also regularly represents civil rights organizations and individuals in high-stakes appellate litigation. He has filed briefs for individuals, consumer and policyholder groups, asbestos trusts, and civil rights organizations in more than a dozen U.S. Supreme Court cases, as well as before the Fourth and Ninth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeal and state high courts.

Prior to entering private practice, Jonathan served as a law clerk for Judge Ferdinand Fernandez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Additionally, he assisted Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court in preparing for her Senate confirmation hearings. He also served as a research assistant to Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, who also served on Jonathan's Ph.D. dissertation committee.

  • Selected as a Washington, DC Super Lawyer, 2014 through 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law, 2017 through 2020
  • Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012 through 2016
  • D.C. Circuit Judicial Conference Pro Bono Service Standard Honor Roll, 2016
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2017 through present
  • Board of Trustees, National Park Trust, 2010 through 2017
  • Co-Chair, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation, 2010 through present
  • National Advisory Council for Advancing Justice: Asian American Justice Center, 2008 through present
  • Board of Editors, The Corporate Counselor, 2007 through 2018
  • Five Lessons For Relieving the Financial Symptoms COVID-19, Food and Drug Law Institute Webinar, March 23, 2020
  • COVID-19: Optimal Insurance Coverage Strategies: Do’s and Don’ts; Preparation and Protection, K&L Gates Webinar, March 20, 2020
  • Speaker, 2020 North American Crisis Management Summit, March 4, 2020
  • Never Break The Chain: Five Key Risks Of Globalized Supply Chains, And How To Mitigate Them, 2020 Consumer Brands Association Legal Forum, February 25, 2020
  • Speaker, 2019 AALA Annual Educational Symposium, An Insurable Event, Managing Supply Chain Risk In A Global Food Economy, November 9, 2019
  • Global Supply, Global Risk - How to Manage Supply Chain Risks in a Globalized Food Industry, K&L Gates Webinar, June 11, 2019
  • Speaker, Berkeley Judicial Institute/California Law Review, Spring 2019 Symposium: Charting a Path for Federal Judiciary Reform, April 12-13, 2019
  • Keeping the Food Supply Safe: Developing Strategies for Supply Chain Risk Minimization, ACI 3rd Annual Advanced Summit on Food Law, April 10, 2019
  • Global Supply, Global Risk: How To Manage Supply Chain Risks In A Globalized Food Industry, K&L Gates Presentation, January 31, 2019
  • Virtual Reality, Real Risk: What Every Technology Company Should Know About Risk And Insurance, K&L Gates Presentation, January 30, 2019
  • Speaker, 2018 Consumer Financial Services Symposium, December 3, 2018
  • The Big Picture: Considering Corporate-Wide Objectives While Fighting Individual Legal Battles, Grocery Manufacturers Association 2018 Legal Conference, February 28, 2018
  • Matters of Insurance That No Dietary Supplement Company Can Ignore, Dietary Supplements Conference, American Conference Institute and Council for Responsible Nutrition, June 27, 2017
  • Roundtable Discussion on Marketing and Advertising Law, Grocery Manufacturers Association 2017 Legal Conference, February 27, 2017
  • A Practical Guide to Recovery for Product Contamination Incidents, Grocery Manufacturers Association 2016 Legal Conference, February 23, 2016
  • Presenter, Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit, Strategy Institute, November 18, 2015
  • Presenter, Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance Conference, American Conference Institute, September 30, 2015
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
  • Iron-ing out Circuit Splits: A Proposal for the Use of the Irons Procedure to Prevent and Resolve Circuit Splits Among United States Courts of Appeals, 108 CAL. L. REV. 101 (June 2020) (with D. Cohen)
  • Seven steps to prepare for and execute a successful food-related recall,” WestLaw, March 2019
  • You’re in Better Hands Than You Think: Insurance Law May Provide Coverage for Defense of Advertising Claims,” Update Magazine, March/April 2018
  • Ten Things Every Food and Supplement Company Needs to Know About Insurance Coverage for Recent Hurricanes, We’ve Got You Covered - Insurance Law Blog, October 11, 2017
  • Disruption Protectors: Companies Can Take Three Steps to Minimize the Costs of a Supply Chain Interruption, Wholesale & Distribution International, September 11, 2014
  • Seeking (and Finding) Coverage for Proposition 65 Claims, We’ve Got You Covered - Insurance Law Blog, May 14, 2014
  • How Insurance Works with Labeling and Duty-to-Warn Lawsuits, Food Quality & Safety, January 28, 2014
  • Inside Appellate Courts: The Impact of Court Organization on Judicial Decision Making in the United States Courts of Appeals, University of Michigan Press, 2002
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