Co-Chair, State Attorneys General
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Bernard Nash is co-chair of Cozen O’Connor’s State Attorneys General Practice, where he represents clients in complex state and federal legal matters. Under Bernie’s leadership, the State Attorneys General Practice has become the country’s largest and premier practice devoted to resolving State Attorney General disputes.
Bernie’s work typically involves cases of first impression, matters having public policy implications and/or a governmental interest, and complex litigation. He routinely counsels major private sector clients on a wide range of matters involving state attorneys general and also has represented states in significant policy disputes. He regularly represents Fortune 100 and other companies in AG investigations, settlements and litigation.
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, has described Bernie as “the leading practitioner in the country” who has “cornered the market” in representing clients before state attorneys general. Bernie's clients include Fortune 100 financial, telecommunications, retail, pharmaceutical and agricultural companies. He has successfully shepherded multibillion dollar mergers through the state attorney general approval process; litigated or settled multiple billion dollar cases; litigated multiple first amendment cases; settled AG investigations and litigations with all 50 states; and argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Bernie’s legislative practice has included conceptualization and responsibility for enactment of the Patent Term Restoration Act; legislation authorizing Medicare to pay for the pneumococcal vaccine; federal childhood lead poisoning legislation; the Foreign Patent Licensing Act; the Federal Patent Policy legislation; transgenic farm animal patent issues; a Subchapter M tax issue for a mutual fund; federal escheat legislation for 31 states; preemption of local sales taxes; and federal boxing legislation.
Bernie served as trial attorney and special counsel for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly, was a founding partner of Nash, Railsback & Plesser (1977-1988), and a partner at Dickstein Shapiro LLP (1988-2015).
As counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly from 1971 to 1977, Bernie 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 enactment of the bill. Bernie was credited with “mastermind[ing] the strategic efforts while at the same time providing the technical and parliamentary expertise required for passage of” the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, Pub. L. No. 94-435 (1976) (The National Journal, Sept. 25, 1976).
While in law school, Bernie served as associate editor of the Brooklyn Law Review.