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Matthew Cohen

Counsel

mcohen@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2831
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Chosen as a "Rising Star"
in Business Litigation by
Super Lawyers Magazine
in 2014 - 2020


Matthew Cohen is a counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, where he practices in the Mass Tort, Product, and Consumer Litigation and Product Risk Management groups.

Matthew advises companies of all sizes on consumer product and motor vehicle and equipment compliance and enforcement issues before the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Trade Commission, U.S. Congress, individual states, and Health Canada. He also litigates complex commercial, mass tort, and product-related disputes in both state and federal courts. In 2014-2020, Matthew was selected by his peers as a “Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Rising Star” for business litigation.

Matthew regularly counsels clients on compliance with consumer product safety statutes, regulations, and standards, including the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, Federal Hazardous Substances Act, and Poison Prevention Packaging Act. He advises companies on navigating product safety reporting obligations under Section 15(b) of the CPSA, recalls and other corrective action plans, product safety investigations, civil penalties, internal compliance programs and trainings, FOIA requests, and consumer reports filed on the CPSC’s safer products database. As a product safety lawyer, Matthew represents manufacturers, importers, and retailers, including those in the following industries: children’s products, home appliances micromobility products, electrical equipment and component parts, furniture, and promotional products, among many others.

Similarly, Matthew’s automotive industry practice includes the representation of both manufacturers and suppliers in product defect, warranty, and contract claims, as well as counseling on motor vehicle and equipment safety regulatory issues involving the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Matthew is also a leader in the firm’s Autonomous Vehicles Practice, where he represents leading global manufacturers of self-driving cars and trucks, makers and sellers of vehicle component parts, and related technology developers. 

In addition to his robust product, motor vehicle, and vehicle equipment safety counseling practice, Matthew also counsels corporate clients in complex business litigation in federal and state courts and before governmental agencies. He has extensive experience defending clients in mass tort, product liability, unfair/deceptive trade practices, trade secrets, and commercial contract disputes, among others.

Matthew is proud to support his local community as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) for the District of Columbia. ANC’s advise the District on matters of public policy including decisions regarding planning, streets, recreation, social services programs, health, and safety in the neighborhood commission area. Before attending law school, Matthew served in the Policy & Government Affairs Department of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, D.C.

Matthew received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2008, cum laude, and a B.A. with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University in 2003.

Education

  • Cornell University, B.A. (2003)
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D. (2008) cum laude

Affiliations

Admitted to practice: District of Columbia, New York, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Recognitions

  • JD Supra Readers’ Choice Awards: a Top Author on product liability matters (2016 – 2017)
  • Washington DC Super Lawyers: Rising Star – Business Litigation (2014 – 2020)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Member, Law360 Product Liability Editorial Advisory Board (2019-2020, 2020-2021)

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"CPSC Acting Chairman Adler to ICPHSO: Caretaker No More!," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (March 1, 2021). Authors: Matthew Cohen and Carolyn W. Wagner.
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"Cybex Civil Penalty at CPSC Confirms Return of Enforcement Tool," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (February 12, 2021). Author: Matthew Cohen.
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Micromobility Whitepaper (December 17, 2020). Authors: Cheri Falvey, Scott Winkelman, Rebecca Chaney, Carolyn Wagner, Matt Cohen, Mariam Sarwar, Colleen Johnson
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"Lithium Batteries: Mitigating Risks and Executing Recalls When Needed," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (October 16, 2020). Authors: Matthew Cohen, Cheryl A. Falvey and Jennifer A. Giblin.
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"Product Safety Regulations for Electric Bikes and Scooters," Crowell & Moring’s Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (August 7, 2020). Author: Matthew Cohen.
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"Partisan Overtones Dominate Senate Confirmation Hearing for CPSC Chair Nominee Dr. Nancy Beck," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (June 17, 2020). Authors: Matthew Cohen and Byron R. Brown.
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"Executing Product Safety Recalls In The Age of COVID-19," Law360 (April 16, 2020). Authors: Cheryl A. Falvey, and Matthew Cohen.
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"Fireman's Rule Could Guard Against COVID-19 Product Claims," Law360 (April 14, 2020). Authors: Scott L. Winkelman, Matthew Cohen, and Rachel Raphael.
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"Executing Product Safety Recalls in the Age of COVID-19," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (March 30, 2020). Authors: Cheryl A. Falvey and Matthew Cohen.
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"Breaking: Trump Nominates Dr. Nancy Beck of EPA to Lead CPSC," Crowell & Moring's Retail & Consumer Products Law Observer (March 4, 2020). Author: Matthew Cohen.
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