Russell Cohen is a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office with experience litigating antitrust, cybersecurity and other commercial disputes on behalf of companies and individuals, particularly in the technology sector.
Russell has represented clients in antitrust and other complex litigation for more than 15 years. He has particular experience with platform technology companies, having litigated issues of software interoperability and the duty to disclose interface information; IP-related claims, including Walker Process and patent misuse; and competitor collaborations, distribution agreements and pricing issues. He has represented clients in direct and indirect purchaser antitrust class actions, unfair competition cases and competitor suits in state and federal court.
Russell is also a member of Orrick's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy practice, working with clients on incident planning and response efforts, including utilizing cyber insurance as part of a coordinated, comprehensive strategy for managing and recovering from data breaches. Exclusively on behalf of policyholders, he has pursued claims and litigated complex insurance disputes to recover for cyber attacks and other losses. He speaks and publishes frequently in the United States and Canada on cybersecurity litigation and cyber insurance.
Russell also represents clients in insurance recovery matters arising under D&O, E&O, CGL, property and crime policies. He has litigated coverage disputes in federal and state court, and in arbitration proceedings, involving securities claims, employee sabotage, embezzlement and property damage.
Russell is committed to pro bono legal work and community service. He was counsel in the successful Alien Tort Statue case against one of the assassins of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980. He represented former Guantanamo detainees seeking damages for torture and unlawful detention, and was amicus counsel for a group of Canadian and international human rights organizations and scholars in the U.S. Supreme Court in Arar v. Ashcroft.