Press Release

Cooley Adds Former Consumer Product Safety Commission Chair Elliot Kaye to Transatlantic Products Practice

June 25, 2024

Amid heightened demand for innovative and cross-functional regulatory and enforcement capabilities, former CPSC chair and top global consumer product safety attorney Elliot Kaye is a key addition to the firm’s rapidly expanding global litigation department.

Washington, DC – June 25, 2024 – Cooley welcomes Elliot Kaye, former chair of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), as a partner in the firm’s global product safety, compliance and litigation group in the Washington, DC, office. Kaye previously spent more than a decade at the CPSC, creating an unmatched leadership record there across three different presidential administrations. At Cooley, Kaye’s practice will focus on regulatory and enforcement challenges faced by companies making and selling an array of products – ranging from household goods to new technologies powered by artificial intelligence.

“Elliot led the CPSC’s regulatory and enforcement efforts during a time of unprecedented technological innovation. His experience will be immensely valuable to our clients as they disrupt and define the modern economy,” said Michael Attanasio, chair of Cooley’s global litigation department. “Elliot’s arrival highlights Cooley’s track record of recruiting elite, next-generation talent and fortifies our position as the go-to firm on high-stakes regulatory and litigation matters for the world’s most innovative companies.”

“In today’s era of high-stakes compliance and enforcement activity for consumer products, Elliot’s deep knowledge of the inner workings of federal and state government, wealth of experience with complex regulatory issues, and ability to give actionable and practical advice will be a major benefit to clients,” said Matt Howsare, former chief of staff at the CPSC and current chair of Cooley’s North American product safety practice. “Elliot’s collaborative leadership approach at the CPSC fostered bipartisan approaches to complex issues and is a perfect fit for our transatlantic products team that regularly tackles compliance and enforcement issues globally.”

Following his time at the CPSC, Kaye served as senior vice president for policy at the global food relief nonprofit World Central Kitchen, where his work included spending time on the ground serving meals during the war in Ukraine months after undergoing a kidney transplant. Kaye also served as chief of staff to US Rep. John Tierney and clerked for Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

“I am excited to join this tremendously talented, market-leading team and to be a part of the special collaborative culture and cross-functional approach to client service that is synonymous with Cooley,” said Kaye. “I look forward to enhancing exponentially the unmatched global reach of Cooley’s products practice by leveraging my extensive senior government experience to help clients grapple with their critical regulatory, safety and enforcement challenges. I could not imagine a better platform to return to private practice.”

Part of the firm’s expansive CooleyREG offering, Cooley’s consumer product safety practice focuses on partnering with the world’s top companies across the most intensely regulated industries to find practical solutions to global product regulatory and compliance issues. The Cooley team’s deep experience helps guide clients to practical and cost-effective solutions as they manage global regulatory investigations and compliance, product recalls, risk assessments and litigation.

Cooley’s recruitment of a former CPSC chair continues its extraordinary build-out of robust litigation and regulatory practices opposite multiple federal agencies, Congress, and state attorneys general – all complemented by a preeminent white collar and investigations practice. In recent years, Cooley has added federal agency and congressional practitioners Ethan Glass (antitrust), Susanne Sachsman Grooms (congressional investigations), Kathleen Hartnett (DOJ), Matt Howsare (CPSC), Travis LeBlanc (Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general), Robert McDowell (Federal Communications Commission), Sonia Nath (Food and Drug Administration), Kathy O’Neill (antitrust) and Michelle Rogers (financial services), along with former assistant US attorneys John Bostic (Palo Alto), Russell Capone (New York), Rebekah Donaleski (New York), Andrew Goldstein (DC), Danny Grooms (DC), Zach Hafer (Boston), John Hemann (San Francisco) and Matt Kutcher (Chicago).

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