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 foreign dealings. With years of studies and dealings abroad, Harvey applies his global experience to address cross-border strategies and complex issues in tandem with specific product or service needs, 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. He added value with this approach on a joint venture with a German consumer products company and a U.S./Chinese alternative energy producer — among other complex license, joint venture, merger/acquisition and contract manufacturing deals. His clients include 1E, Inc. (UK), The Standard Register Company, Fifth Third Bank and Toyota.

Harvey engages in a corporate law practice that encompasses nearly every facet of business, including the representation of non U.S.-owned entities; software, Internet, computer, development, Cloud/ASP, hosting, B-2-B, outsourcing and high-tech agreements of all types; acquisitions and mergers; international business transactions including joint ventures, foreign subsidiaries and entities, and European, Canadian, Mexican, Latin American, Indian, and Chinese transactions; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Export Control and Embargo (OFAC) issues; alliance, licensing, distribution, sales, sourcing and agency agreements; general corporate counseling; executive compensation agreements; and private equity and venture capital transactions.

Harvey chairs Dinsmore’s International Business Practice Group and is the Co-Chair Emeritus of ALFA® International’s International Law Practice Group. He is active 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, 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
  • French American Chamber, past Board Member and Officer
  • Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Foreign Investment Attraction Team and International Trade Council
  • 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, 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"