Richard R. Nelson II

General Counsel
Bar/Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 6th and 10th Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law, 1979
  • B.A., summa cum laude, Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1976

Chip is one of the founders of Cohen & Grigsby and is a former President of the Firm. Chip currently serves as the Firm’s General Counsel, a role in which he advises the Firm on ethical matters and risk management practices. Prior to being appointed General Counsel, Chip’s practice focused on complex business/commercial litigation, securities litigation and the defense of accounting firms. Chip also counsels other lawyers from other firms on a variety of matters, including law firm break-ups.


When he was actively litigating cases, Chip’s areas of emphasis included the defense of accounting firms in financial statement litigation and professional negligence litigation and the defense of brokerage firms in customer complaint cases. He also represented clients in the defense of securities litigation and class actions, as well as general commercial litigation, including complex contractual disputes. During the course of his career at the Firm, Chip successfully tried to verdict several significant cases. Chip now mentors younger members of the Firm’s Litigation Group, and he is available to counsel clients of the Firm on a wide variety of litigation subjects and other matters.

Board and Club Positions

Chip is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County.

He was president of the Longue Vue Club from 2001 to 2003, and he previously served as board president for the Arsenal Family and Children’s Center.

Honors and Achievements

Chip has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America over ten consecutive years and selected to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list numerous times. The National Law Journal recognized one of the class action cases Chip tried to a successful defense verdict as one of the biggest wins in a jury trial in the United States.

Throughout his career, Chip has been a frequent lecturer and author on a wide variety of topics.

Among other lectures, he presented “Preparing the Expert Witness to Avoid or Defeat in the Daubert Challenge” at the Annual Federal Practice Program of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County. He has also given a lecture, entitled “Challenging the Use of Technology for Demonstrative Purposes in the Courtroom” for the Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Chip has been quoted in the Intelligencer Journal of Lancaster, PA.; the Harrisburg Patriot; the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the CPA Journal; and the Financial Trader among other publications.