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Valerie Cohen


Valerie Cohen is a counsel in O’Melveny’s New York office and a member of the Securities Litigation and Labor and Employment Practices. Valerie also has experience in White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations and Antitrust matters.

Valerie’s work focuses on corporate governance litigation, representing companies and their directors and officers in securities fraud, breach of duty, derivative, and books and records inspection litigation, as well as investigating and advising boards of directors on shareholder demands. Valerie regularly defends foreign issuers and underwriters in shareholder securities class actions and derivative actions brought in United States federal and state courts, with an emphasis on Chinese companies.

Valerie frequently represents financial institutions before government regulators, including the Securities and Exchange Commission. She also successfully represented a large public company in an ERISA matter involving an alleged breach of a top-hat benefit plan. From March to August 2009, Valerie was seconded to a large financial firm to assist in-house counsel with regulatory investigations, securities class actions, derivative actions, and ERISA litigation.

Valerie’s pro bono experience includes a trial victory on behalf of an elderly and disabled client and representation of Holocaust survivors seeking reparations and pension payments for work performed in ghettos.

Professional Activities

Law Clerk, Honorable Peter K. Leisure, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
Extern, Honorable John G. Koeltl, US District Court, Southern District of New York
Member, New York State Bar Association, Federal Bar Council, American Bar Association
Author, “Shareholder Derivative Actions: From Cradle to Grave,” O'Melveny & Myers LLP Publication (January 2014) (co-authored with Seth Aronson); “Second Circuit Permits Arbitration Claims to Proceed Despite $100 Million Class-Action Settlement,” O’Melveny & Myers LLP Client Alert (November 2011) (co-authored with Robert Stern and Allen Burton); “Keeping Students Alive: Mandating On-Campus Counseling Saves Suicidal College Students’ Lives and Limits Liability,” 75 Fordham Law Review 3081 (2007)
Lecturer, Continuing Legal Education Program (NY), Shareholder Demands and Derivative Suits Under Delaware Law (August 2012)
Language, Russian

Fordham University, J.D.: cum laude; Dean's List; Notes and Articles Editor, Fordham Law Review (2007-08)

Cornell University, B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations: Dean's List; National Dean's List

New York; Connecticut