Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck is pleased to announce that David Cohen has returned to the firm as a shareholder in the Government Relations Department where he will focus on oversight and investigations, financial services, homeland security, and science and technology. He is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.
Cohen most recently served as the chief administrative officer for CLEAR, an industry leader in biometrics, identity management solutions and aviation security, where he played a critical role in the company’s expansion overseeing operations, risk management, legal affairs and government and public relations.
“We’re so pleased to have David return to the firm,” said Elizabeth Gore, Brownstein’s Government Relations Department chair. “His C-level experience while working with CLEAR gives him a unique and powerful in-house perspective. He has a deep understanding of the interests of fast-growing tech companies and the interplay between technology, privacy, security and emerging federal and state regulatory frameworks. His experience will be a great asset for our clients.”
Previously at the firm, Cohen’s practice focused on representing clients in direct foreign investment transactions, defending corporations in complex regulatory and investigative matters and advocating for clients before Congress and the executive branch on national security and financial services issues.
Prior to joining the private sector, Cohen served as chief of staff to U.S. Customs Service Commissioners Ray Kelly and Robert Bonner, and Acting Commissioner Charles Winwood. His tenure at Customs included the events of September 11, 2001, and the initial policy deliberations that led to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. Before Customs, Cohen was a member of the professional staff of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, focused on oversight and investigations.
Cohen received his B.A. from Cornell University and his J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.