Harvey Jay Cohen


While Harvey Cohen was born and raised in the U.S., he has always had a passion and curiosity for lands and cultures outside of his native country. Harvey is a long-standing, accomplished corporate attorney uniquely focused on helping clients win by practically, pro-actively and efficiently assisting with their domestic and foreign transactions. With several decades of studies and dealings abroad, Harvey applies his global experience to address cross-border strategies and complex issues in tandem with client product or service needs, specific industry situations, as well as "must haves" and "must avoids" before crafting any solution or agreement.

His practice extends beyond transactions however. In addition to handling general corporate matters, he also routinely advises clients on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Export Control, and Denied Parties and Sanctions (OFAC) issues, as well as handling licensing, distribution, sales, sourcing and compensation agreements. In recent years, Harvey and Dinsmore have devoted significant resources to cross border bank regulatory and lending matters. Throughout his long career, Harvey also routinely counsels clients on SAAS and complex tech licensing, software development, Cloud/ASP agreements, hosting, business-to-business issues, outsourcing and high-tech agreements generally.

Harvey is known for asking the hard, practical questions up front that cause ill-conceived deals to die early or that assist clients to forge alliances that are more likely to succeed and endure. His clients benefit from his extensive experience handling cross-border mergers and acquisitions, and with Dinsmore having more than 150 foreign clients, Harvey tailors his strategy to meet the unique needs of each client. Among his most noteworthy transactions, he handled joint ventures with a German logistics provider and a German consumer products company and both a Chinese alternative energy producer and lubricant oils producer, as well as assisting with a $150 million cross-border acquisition transaction. Throughout his career, Harvey has represented a number of significant clients, including Procter and Gamble, Standard Register, Fifth Third Bank, Omnicare, First Data, Shaw Flooring and Toyota in deals totaling over billions of dollars. His international business transactions have included joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions of foreign subsidiaries and entities in Europe, China, Mexico, Canada, India and Latin America.

Harvey chairs Dinsmore’s International Business Practice Group and is the Former Co-Chair Emeritus of ALFA® International’s International Law Practice Group. He is an officer and member of the governing Council in the International Bar Association and frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad on high technology, domestic and international joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions and other transactions for international organizations and business groups.


  • University of Cincinnati College of Law  (J.D., 1987)
    • Order of the Coif
  • Columbia University  (M.A., 1986)
    • International Affairs
  • University of Yaounde - Cameroon  (Masters Studies, 1983)
    • Rotary International Fellowship
  • Georgetown University  (A.B., cum laude, 1982)
  • University of Sussex School of African and Asian Studies, Brighton, England  (Undergraduate Studies, 1980)
    • African and Asian Studies

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio


  • European-American Chamber of Commerce, Past President and Board Member
  • International Bar Association: Senior Vice-Chair, Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee; Bar Issues Commission and IBA Council Member; Law Firm Management Committee, Advisory Board Member; Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions and Technology Committees
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law Institute for the Global Practice of Law (IGPL), Advisory Board member  
  • ALFA® International, Former Co-Chair Emeritus of International Law Practice Group
  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXXIII
  • Cedar Village Retirement Community Foundation Chairman of the Board
  • May We Help non-profit, past Board Chair, current Attorney to the Board
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati, Attorney to the Board
  • Jewish Community Relations Council, Board Member
  • Congregation Etz Chaim, Board Member
  • French American Chamber, past Board Member and Officer
  • Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Investment Attraction Team and International Trade Council, past member
  • Ohio Commodores (Trade Promotion Organization), Past Governor appointed member
  • Southern Ohio District Export Council, Past Board Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Committee; International Law Committee, past Chair
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, International Law Committee, past Chair; Corporate and Securities Law Committee, past Vice Chair
  • Kentucky District Export Council, past Board Member
  • Northern Kentucky International Trade Association, past Board Member
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, past Professor, International Business Transactions
  • United Way, Neighborhood Services Field of Service, past Co-Chair, Division Leadership Council
  • Travelers Aid International, past President
  • Congregation B'nai Tzedek, past President of the Board and past Treasurer


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Corporate, Information Technology, International Trade and Finance Law 
  • Recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts by The Legal 500 United States
  • Selected for the Ohio Super Lawyers® List
  • Named the Best Lawyers'® 2014 Cincinnati International Trade and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year" 
  • Winner of Ohio Exporter of the Year E-Award presented by the Governor of Ohio (2009)
  • 2015 M&A Leader in Foreign Transactions – Ohio, Corporate America News


  • French