About Ty - Ty Cobb PLLC





Bet-the-company litigation calls for a unique combination of skills, experience, and track record. Ty Cobb, a long-time leader at Hogan Lovells, has been widely recognized as one of the premier white collar, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement, and congressional investigations lawyers in the world. Clients managing crises, allegations of corruption, and other critical matters turn to Ty to guide them.

In 2015, Super Lawyers magazine, in the featured article "The Kansas Peach," observed that Ty is "the big gun on whom powerful people rely. 'Ty Cobb gets results the old-fashioned way,' says Robert Weber, former general counsel for IBM. 'He gets his fingernails dirty doing the hard work, he is relentless and he deeply cares about his client. Plus, he's afraid of nothing.'" As Chambers & Partners notes, Ty is "tremendously responsive" with "phenomenal trial lawyer instinct."

A former federal prosecutor, Ty is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is regularly profiled in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in the World, International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers, and Super Lawyers. In April 2017, he was again recognized by Lawdragon as one of the "500 Leading Lawyers in America." Also in 2017, Super Lawyers again honored him as one of the top 100 lawyers in Washington, D.C. Ty was an early inductee in the Ethisphere Hall of Fame, which recognizes those who have helped to advance corporate ethics and compliance.

Because of his corporate governance and crisis management experience, public companies, special committees of boards of directors, audit committees, and senior executives in "bet-the-company" cases turn to Ty as an advocate and advisor. Ty's wide-ranging enforcement, bribery, and corruption practice has taken him to more than 35 countries and 44 states. Because of the high profile and potential consequences of many of his representations, he has appeared on "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation," CNN, and FOX in the service of his clients.
  • Internal investigations and SEC reporting for The Home Depot, Office Depot, and Dean Foods regarding options backdating.
  • Successfully defended Hudson Foods (Tyson) in the largest criminal E. coli case in federal trial resulting in an acquittal.
  • Handled congressional and DOJ investigations regarding campaign finance for former Department of Commerce and Democratic National Committee official.
  • Successful defense of FCPA, congressional, and international investigations of U.S.'s largest medical device manufacturer.
  • Represented The Honorable Jean Kennedy Smith, former United States Ambassador to Ireland, in DOJ conflict of interest resolution.
  • Defended or counseled several Cabinet-level officials.
  • Represented former Cabinet official Eli Segal in an Independent Counsel investigation resulting in exoneration and an award of attorney's fees.
  • Helped to obtain the exoneration of certain members of the Saudi Royal family in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Obtained dismissals for the American Hospital Association and several not for profit hospital systems in recent series of class actions.
  • Represented the U.S. Olympic Committee in connection with the DOJ bribery and corruption investigation into the Salt Lake City, Utah Olympics.
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), Senior Statesman, Chambers USA, 2017
  • Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (District of Columbia), Chambers USA, 2004-2017
  • Overall, The Best Lawyers in America, 1991-2017
  • The 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500, 2010-2020
  • Who's Who in the World, 2001-2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
  • The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Business Crime Defence; Investigations, Who's Who Legal, 2013-2017
  • Leading Lawyer 500, Intercontinental Finance Magazine, 2013
  • Attorneys Who Matter, Inducted Into "Hall of Fame", Ethisphere Magazine, 2011
  • Attorneys Who Matter, Top Guns, Ethisphere Magazine, 2009-2016
  • Washington's Top Lawyers, Washingtonian, Present
  • 100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation, Lawdragon, 2009
  • Hall of Fame, Lifetime Achievement, Great Bend Kansas High School, 2015
  • "DOJ Announces FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program" , April 2016
  • "Global Bribery and Corruption Review 2015" Global Bribery and Corruption Task Force, January 2016
  • "The Kansas Peach" SuperLawyers Magazine, May 2015
  • "Global Bribery and Corruption Review 2013" , January 2014
  • "Trial Lawyer Ty Cobb Reflects on 35 Years of Practice" Laws.com, April 2013
  • "Top seven things you need to know about the new DOJ/SEC FCPA Guide" Investigations, White Collar, and Fraud Alert, November 2012
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  • A.B., Harvard College
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center

Bar admissions
District of Columbia


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Member, Business Crime Committee, International Bar Association
  • Permanent Member, Judicial Conference of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court