Valerie Cohen


Thank you for your interest. Before you communicate with one of our attorneys, please note: Any comments our attorneys share with you are general information and not legal advice. No attorney-client relationship will exist between you or your business and O’Melveny or any of its attorneys unless conflicts have been cleared, our management has given its approval, and an engagement letter has been signed. Meanwhile, you agree: we have no duty to advise you or provide you with legal assistance; you will not divulge any confidences or send any confidential or sensitive information to our attorneys (we are not in a position to keep it confidential and might be required to convey it to our clients); and, you may not use this contact to attempt to disqualify O’Melveny from representing other clients adverse to you or your business. By clicking "accept" you acknowledge receipt and agree to all of the terms of this paragraph and our Disclaimer.


Valerie Cohen is an established and experienced lawyer specializing in securities litigation, labor and employment, white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, and antitrust matters.

Valerie’s work is extensive and distinct, focusing on corporate governance litigation, and representing a broad range of clients such as 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.



  • Russian


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York


  • 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

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Peter K. Leisure, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York


  • Honorable John G. Koeltl, US District Court, Southern District of New York


  • New York State Bar Association, Federal Bar Council, American Bar Association


  • Continuing Legal Education Program (NY), Nuts and Bolts of Filing a Summary Judgment Motion (November 2014)
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (NY), Shareholder Demands and Derivative Suits Under Delaware Law (August 2012)


  • “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)


  • “Changing Tides: Legalizing Surrogacy in New York,” Pamela Miller and Valerie Cohen, New York Law Journal (March 18, 2016)
  • Represented a financial institution in connection with various investigations and litigation related to high frequency trading.
  • Represented Chinese fertilizer company in shareholder derivative litigation.
  • Represented financial institutions as underwriters in shareholder securities class actions and derivative actions in federal and state courts.
  • Represented audit committee of multinational consumer goods company in shareholder demand investigation. 
  • Represented large shoe company in shareholder demand matter.
  • Represented large technology company in shareholder demand matter.
  • Represented large food and beverage company in federal ERISA litigation.