WASHINGTON (October 8, 2020) – Stephen Cobb, a former Virginia deputy attorney general, has joined Holland & Knight as a partner in its Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group in Washington, D.C. Mr. Cobb, along with Partner James Schultz, will lead the firm's new State Attorneys General Team, which will assist clients facing investigations or enforcement actions by state AGs. He previously practiced at Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders.
Mr. Schultz joined Holland & Knight last month as head of the firm's Northeast Government Advocacy Team. He served as senior associate counsel and special assistant to the president during the first year of the Trump Administration. Previously, he was general counsel to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
"Stephen is one of the up-and-coming talents in the Democratic AG space," said Rich Gold, the leader of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. "With his recruitment, coming just a few weeks after Jim Schultz joined us on the Republican side, we have significantly strengthened our bipartisan state AG practice."
Mr. Cobb defends companies against a variety of enforcement actions brought by state and federal regulators on claims including marketing and advertising representations, statutory disclosures, false claims, unfair or deceptive acts or practices, and data security breach response. He also handles complex state and federal litigation as well as specific enforcement matters involving state attorneys general.
Mr. Cobb served as deputy attorney general of Virginia immediately prior to joining his former firm. He led the Government Operations and Transactions Division, a team of more than 60 attorneys. Previously, he was a senior advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In this role, he was part of the management team advising on intellectual property legislation and policy implementation, as well as public outreach in areas related to intellectual property and innovation. Appointed by President Obama, he served as a representative of USPTO and the Department of Commerce within interagency working groups and acted as a liaison to the White House on cross-administration initiatives.
"I am thrilled to be joining one of the top public policy teams in Washington and appreciate the opportunity to help the firm continue to grow its state AG capabilities as companies face ever-increasing scrutiny from state attorneys general," said Mr. Cobb.
Mr. Cobb received a J.D. degree from William & Mary Law School and a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland.
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