Harvey Jay Cohen

P: (513) 977-8144
F: (513) 977-8423
Harvey Cohen 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 years 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.

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 a joint venture with a German consumer products company and both a U.S./Chinese alternative energy producer and lubricant oils producer, as well as assisting with a $150 million cross-border acquisition transaction for The Huffy Corporation. Throughout his career, Harvey has represented a number of significant clients, including Procter and Gamble, The Standard Register Company, Fifth Third Bank, Omnicare, First Data, Shaw Flooring and Toyota, in deals totaling over one billion 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’s 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, Sanctions (OFAC) and Embargo issues, as well as handling licensing, distribution, sales, sourcing and executive 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 software development, Cloud/ASP agreements, hosting, business-to-business issues, outsourcing and high-tech agreements generally.

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.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • European-American Chamber of Commerce, Past President and Board Member
  • International Bar Association: 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
  • ALFA® International, Former Co-Chair Emeritus of International Law Practice Group
  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXXIII
  • Cedar Village Retirement Community Foundation Vice-Chairman of the Board
  • May We Help non-profit, Board Chair
  • Winner of Ohio Exporter of the Year E-Award presented by the Governor of Ohio (2009)
  • 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), 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
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law Institute for the Global Practice of Law (IGPL), Advisory Board member


  • 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"