Harvey Jay Cohen


While Harvey 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. He 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 & 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. He is also the Chair of the Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) and represents the Ohio State Bar Association in the IBA’s Governing Council. He 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
    • Closely Held and Growing Business Enterprises Committee, past chair 
    • Bar Issues Commission and IBA Council member
    • Law Firm Management Committee, Advisory Board member 
    • Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions and Technology committees.
    • Professional Ethics Committee, Advisory Board
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law Institute for the Global Practice of Law (IGPL), Advisory Board member  
  • ALFA® International, International Law Practice Group, former co-chair emeritus
  • Leadership Cincinnati, Class XXXIII
  • Cedar Village Retirement Community Foundation, past chair and member 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, past president, past 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, International Business Transactions, past professor
  • United Way, Neighborhood Services Field of Service, past co-chair, Division Leadership Council
  • Travelers Aid International, past president


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers©
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Cincinnati for International Trade and Finance Law (2014, 2019)
    • Corporate, Information Technology, International Trade and Finance Law (2021)
  • Recommended for Mergers, Acquisitions and Buyouts by The Legal 500 United States
  • Ohio Super Lawyers® 
  • Ohio Exporter of the Year E-Award presented by the Governor of Ohio (2009)
  • M&A Leader in Foreign Transactions – Ohio, Corporate America News (2015)


  • French