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Cooley LLP

Palo Alto

  • 3175 Hanover Street
  • Palo Alto
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1130

Capital Markets - California

THE FIRM This team has a superb reputation for representing issuers in the technology and life sciences sectors on equity offerings. It recently advised Zynga on its $1 billion IPO and the underwriters on the $93.6 million IPO of Vocera Communications. Other notable clients include Ardea Biosciences, Amylin Pharmaceuticals and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Eric Jensen is praised for his pragmatic and knowledgeable approach to matters. He recently advised Morgan Stanley on LinkedIn's follow-on offering.

Fred Muto is highly valued by sources for his experience in the field. His recent work includes assisting Yelp on its IPO.

Louis Lehot recently joined the team from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton. Lehot is applauded for his strong negotiation skills and experience in working with a range of parties, including the SEC.   

Corporate/M&A - California

THE FIRM Cooley has an impressive market share in the emerging companies sphere, where it is considered a market leader. In IT and software, the firm acts for clients such as Zynga, NVIDIA and Quest Software, while its life sciences and cleantech practices advise clients such as Power Integrations and Jazz Pharmaceuticals. In 2012, Cooley added a team in Santa Barbara to its existing offices in San Diego, San Francisco and Palo Alto. Recent highlights for the firm include representing Israeli 3D printing company Objet in its $1.4 billion merger with Stratsys.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Venture capital practice head Craig Dauchy is held in high regard for his experience in this area. His recent highlights include advising Institutional Venture Partners on its GBP200 million Series B investment in Dropbox.

Mark Tanoury garners praise for his pragmatic and business-minded approach to transactions. Recent work includes advising Madrone Partners on a $60 million investment in Sunrun.

Fred Muto chairs the firm's business department, and has worked with clients from a wide range of industries. He offers notable experience in the venture capital space.

Based in San Diego, Barbara Borden heads the Cooley M&A practice. She recently led a cross-office Cooley team representing Micromet in its all-cash $1.16 billion acquisition by Amgen.

Recent highlights for Palo Alto M&A lawyer Jennifer Fonner DiNucci include advising Jazz Pharmaceuticals on its $700 million bid to acquire EUSA Pharma and, separately, on the $475 million purchase of Dublin-based Azur Pharma.

Among this year's significant lateral hires, David Hernand joined Cooley as the managing partner of the firm's new Santa Monica office. He was formerly at Gibson Dunn, and is praised for his dedicated approach to client service.

Eric Jensen heads the firm's capital markets department and is praised for his strong public company practice. He recently advised Zynga on its $1 billion IPO and $593 million follow-on offering. He also advises on M&A.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - California

THE FIRM Cooley's 16-strong group advises a diverse range of public and private companies on compensation and benefits plans. The group is particularly active in technology company IPOs and M&A. Areas of expertise include equity and cash bonus plans, distressed company retention and compliance with new regulations.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Tom Reicher heads the compensation and benefits practice from San Francisco.

Intellectual Property - California

THE FIRM This West Coast-based firm has offices in Palo Alto, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego. Patent litigation is a key focus of the IP practice, alongside the team's patent counseling and protection capabilities and its trademark, copyright and advertising services. Cooley has particular expertise in technology matters, including computer hardware, software and internet-related issues such as e-commerce and domain names. HTC, Facebook and LinkedIn are key clients.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas Friel is head of the firm's IP litigation practice and has experience in patent, trademark, copyright and trade secrets litigation. He recently represented NexTag, an online price comparison site, in a patent infringement action brought by LendingTree. Peers praise him as being an expert attorney while clients name him as a go-to for coordinating patent litigation.

Michael Rhodes enjoys a healthy market reputation for hi-tech and internet-related IP work. He recently acted for Facebook on Yahoo!'s claims that it had infringed 12 social network patents, resulting in a strategic partnership and patent cross-licensing agreement. He is praised by clients for his notable litigation skills.

Anne Peck chairs Cooley's trademark, copyright and advertising group and has a practice focus on the selection and protection of brand names, domain names and copyrights. Recent work includes representing TiVo in a trademark dispute in Australia, resulting in the cancellation of the defendant's 'Vivo' mark.

IT & Outsourcing - California

THE FIRM This respected firm is acclaimed as a strong force in the technology sector. The team acts on behalf of an expansive group of clients including emerging business and established entities. Lawyers regularly advise industry leaders on the strategic use and development of technology and the protection of existing assets. Cooley is best known for the depth of its abilities in IT, digital media, e-commerce and alternative energy.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Carolyn Craig's specialist IP and technology transactions practice is focused on representing clients in their interactions with federal, state and local governing bodies. Clients benefit from her familiarity with a broad range of transactions and background in systems engineering.

Michael Stern is well regarded for the high-quality work that has characterized his practice. Interviewees refer to his deep knowledge of the transactional life cycle of companies, ranging from startups to international corporations. His expertise stretches across licensing agreements, strategic outsourcing and alliances.

Gary Moore meets with widespread admiration and is respected for the longevity of his practice. He is an established practitioner with particular expertise in the handling of intricate transactions and business-critical strategic alliances.

As founder of the firm's technology transactions group, Diane Savage has amassed a wealth of experience that sees her held in the highest regard. Sources note the influential role she has played in the legal community and praise her expertise in the field. She is best known for her extensive experience of advising emerging growth companies.

Life Sciences - California

THE FIRM This highly regarded firm is called on by clients across the pharmaceutical and biotech industries, as well as business consultants and specialist life sciences investors. A wide-ranging workload includes corporate, financing, IP, licensing and commercialization issues. The practice is well known for its strength in working with early-stage companies, and peers commend its prolific practice in this arena. Key clients include Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Cypress BioSciences, SciClone Pharmaceuticals and PaxVax.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Jones's practice covers public and private financing, fiduciary issues, securities law and licensing transactions. He is considered an expert adviser, with valuable experience in the biotechnology sector.

Barbara Kosacz is an experienced corporate attorney focused on strategic partnerships and M&A, as well as private financing, strategic investment and public offerings. She is renowned as a leading attorney in the market, and is well known for her expertise in venture capital work.

Fred Muto is head of the firm's business department and specializes in the representation of emerging and public clients in corporate and securities work. He is experienced in acting for companies and investors on public offerings, as well as a variety of corporate transactions; biotech and medical devices are key areas of practice.

Kay Chandler has a broad practice, advising on technology licensing, M&A, collaboration agreements, profit-sharing and co-promotion agreements. She is singled out for her combination of legal skills and technical industry knowledge.

Barclay Kamb represents clients in corporate, financing and IP matters, and has impressive experience in biotech and medical devices. His workload includes partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, strategic alliances and licensing.

Litigation - California

THE FIRM This full-service firm has a far-reaching national network that gives the five California offices the breadth to handle disputes of all complexities. It has seen recent action in the high-profile, $272 million Ernest Rady dispute, which involved alleged breach of contract and share-selling issues. Other notable clients include Facebook, eBay and Google.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Based in the Palo Alto office, Stephen Neal is cited as a top-notch lawyer by market sources. He is a highly experienced litigator with an impressive practice covering the spectrum of commercial litigation.

John Dwyer is well respected in the community for his experience. He was heavily active litigating on behalf of eBay in a landmark case that held the California Resale Royalty Act unconstitutional.

Michael Rhodes chairs the firm's litigation department nationally and splits his practice between the San Francisco and San Diego offices. Renowned for his privacy practice, he recently represented Google against a class action claim and also advises heavy hitters such as Sony Computer Entertainment America and Facebook.

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

THE FIRM This large firm is best known for its close connections with technology companies. This close relationship is reflected by the services offered by the firm, with members of the team frequently called upon to help clients with financings, IPOs and M&A. Recent clients include Allos Therapeutics, Rally Software Development and TechStars.

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Linfield is primarily a transactional corporate lawyer, although he also helps clients with other matters such as IPOs. His recent highlights include representing Medivance in its sale to CR Bard for $250 million.

Francis Wheeler maintains a broad practice helping clients on issues surrounding securities, transactions, governance and compliance, amongst others. He recently represented EffectiveUI in a $70 million cash sale to WPP.

Michael Platt is well known for his work with emerging companies, particularly in the e-commerce sector. He advises clients on a broad range of work, including venture capital financings and corporate partnering.

Brent Fassett is noted for his clear focus on representing life sciences healthcare companies. A recent highlight was his work for Miragen Therapeutics on its recent $20 million Series B financing.

Intellectual Property - Colorado

THE FIRM This strong practice is well known for its expertise in patent prosecution and litigation issues. It recently represented Gevo in patent litigation in the District of Delaware in a suit brought by Butamax, successfully fighting off a motion for preliminary injunction. Other clients include Chimei Innolux.

KEY INDIVIDUALS James Brogan is held out by sources as a highly experienced courtroom litigator. He recently successfully represented Chimei Innolux against claims of patent infringement brought by Mondis Technology in the Eastern District of Texas.

Wayne Stacy is a patent litigator who primarily works with the electronics and software sectors. He is retained to handle cases involving security software and microcontrollers as well as thin-film deposition systems and photovoltaics.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Cooley has consistently been a visible player in the region and earns particular respect for its vibrant venture capital practice. Maintaining close integration with the North Virginia office, the DC team represents numerous high-profile clients, such as LivingSocial and New Enterprise Associates. On the M&A side, the firm recently represented client mindSHIFT Technologies in its $167 million sale to BestBuy. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS The impressive Michael Lincoln's stellar reputation in this area is much deserved, according to market observers. His recent high-profile work includes advising Webs, Inc on its $117.5 million sale to Vistaprint.

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

THE FIRM Dow Lohnes is well versed across the spectrum of media, entertainment and IP work, and maintains a fine track record in litigation and regulatory matters. It is a particularly good choice of counsel for television clients and is also noted for its expertise in the new media arena.

Sources say: "The firm is able to leverage its knowledge of the industry to guide us and help make business decisions."

KEY INDIVIDUALS John Feore is noted for his regulatory work and represents broadcast networks, television stations and radio clients before the FCC as well as other regulatory bodies. "He has an uncanny ability to deliver great legal advice in a business-savvy way," reports one impressed interviewee.

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

THE FIRM This firm's diverse client base includes a range of broadcasters, telecom companies and communication device manufacturers. Matters concerning the allocation and use of spectrum have been increasingly dominant in its workload, which also includes asset sales and advising on changes in FCC regulations. In transactional issues, the team represented Cox Communications in obtaining approval for a $3.6 billion sale of 20 MHz of Advanced Wireless Spectrum. It also acted for Garmin International on a successful challenge by GPS manufacturers to a new broadband service from LightSquared that would interfere with GPS services.

Sources say: "Excellent - they are extremely knowledgeable and very responsive."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Highly regarded John Feore is well known for his strength in broadcasting issues. His highlights include representing Granite Broadcasting in a federal antitrust lawsuit brought by Nexstar Broadcasting.

Anne Swanson is valued by clients as a "truly outstanding lawyer – very tenacious, always responsive and a really hard worker." Her regulatory experience is a further asset, with sources highlighting that "she knows the FCC and its workings inside out."

Private Equity - Massachusetts

THE FIRM This firm is well known on a national stage for its representation of emerging growth companies in the venture capital market. The Boston team has close links with the firm's West Coast headquarters, offering a streamlined nationwide service to clients.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Patrick Mitchell regularly advises clients on leveraged acquisitions and investments, and is a renowned figure in the venture capital space.

Lester Fagen maintains a broad practice, encompassing private equity, venture capital and matters pertaining to emerging growth businesses.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

THE FIRM Headquartered in Palo Alto, Cooley maintains its reputation for taking on some big-ticket patent litigation for clients in the high-technology, software and life sciences fields. The firm assists tech startups as well as established businesses, giving them the added benefit of its considerable resources in prosecution, portfolio and brand management. In recent work, the group has handled a number of patent infringement matters for Facebook and also counts LinkedIn, Lonely Planet, Onyx Pharmaceuticals and HTC among its clients. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Based in Broomfield, Colorado, Jim Brogan chairs Cooley's IP practice. 

Investment Funds - Nationwide

THE FIRM A favorite with technology clients and their institutional investors, Cooley remains a dominant presence in the venture capital world. Clients appreciate the high levels of support provided by the highly skilled securities, tax and ERISA lawyers who work seamlessly alongside the team. Matters range from early-stage fund-raising all the way through to multimillion-dollar closings, with a prime example of its abilities being the team's recent advice on a $1 billion fund for Institutional Venture Partners. This fund's focus on the internet, digital media and mobile technology spaces played to the key strengths of Cooley's talented bench.     

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly regarded Craig Dauchy heads up the practice at Cooley, and recently represented Foundation Capital in the formation of its $400 million seventh fund. He is particularly praised for his ability to draw on industry connections when working in this space.

Mark Tanoury is based in the firm's Palo Alto office, and maintains a strong presence in the field. Drawing upon his considerable experience in venture fund formations, he recently assisted JAFCO Technology Partners through the formation of its fifth fund.

Eric Jensen has a broad corporate and securities practice with particular experience in the representation of emerging and public technology clients. He is highly regarded for his practical approach to matters.  

Barbara Kosacz continues in her role as head of the life sciences practice, and is respected for her strategic investment, financing and M&A knowledge.

Esteemed partner Fred Muto has developed an excellent reputation for his guidance of investment banks and venture capital investors. He also acts on behalf of startups, emerging growth companies and public companies in the technology sector.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

THE FIRM Cooley's highly regarded life sciences practice operates out of five locations across California as well as offices in Seattle and along the East Coast. With corporate, partnering, IP, licensing, financing and transactional abilities, the firm is well placed to assist life sciences companies and industry-focused investors. In particular, Cooley has a strong reputation in the representation of startups and early-stage businesses. Biotechnology and pharmaceuticals are key areas of expertise.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robert Jones in the Palo Alto office has a practice focus on transactional and corporate matters, including securities, financing, licensing, partnering and fiduciary duties. He specializes in biotechnology. 

Barbara Kosacz is a highly regarded corporate attorney based in the firm's Palo Alto office. Sources highlight venture capital work as a strength of her practice, which also covers M&A, strategic partnerships, strategic investment and public offerings. 

Fred Muto is acknowledged as having a significant market presence in the venture capital arena, with experience representing investors as well as biotechnology and medical device companies. His practice also covers corporate and commercial transactions, including M&A, collaboration agreements and public offerings. 

Ivor Elrifi recently joined the firm from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC and focuses on patent prosecution, licensing, transactions, litigation and arbitration. His clients hail from the biotechnology, genetics, diagnostics, medical devices and drug formulation fields. Sources say he "is experienced and does a good job."

Projects - Nationwide

THE FIRM The attorneys at Cooley are a prominent force in the nationwide renewables and alternative energy projects market, with substantial capabilities in clean energy and technologies. The experienced group comprises 35 dedicated lawyers spread across the firm's DC, New York and San Francisco offices. The team recently counseled Southeast Renewables in connection with the development and subsequent disposal of multiple biomass projects in South Carolina. Its international capabilities are also demonstrated by its recent representation of KMRI in various utility-scale generation projects in numerous emerging markets.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Joseph Scherer is a key contact.

Litigation - New York

THE FIRM Cooley is highly regarded for its extensive litigation capabilities and notable trial expertise. It offers an impressively diverse practice, with attorneys handling a range of white-collar criminal investigations and complex commercial disputes. This diversity is equally represented in its client base, which includes Facebook, Credit Suisse and Hypo Real Estate. The team's representation of individuals is also highlighted, and is exemplified by its recent defense of Joseph Collins, a former partner at law firm Mayer Brown, in a high-profile case related to the disintegration of commodities broker REFCO.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Alan Levine is praised for his experience in litigating a wide range of commercial and criminal disputes on behalf of institutions and individuals. Sources highlight his great presence in the market, and his creative approach to handling cases.

Celia Barenholtz is characterized as a highly effective advocate whose practice encompasses both civil and criminal litigation. Her recent work includes representing HSBC Business Credit in an antitrust action brought in the District of Delaware.  

William Schwartz is highly recommended for the experience and expertise he brings to matters, and for his strong strategic and tactical sense. He is particularly recommended as a white-collar criminal defense attorney, and is highly experienced in trying cases.

Jonathan Bach handles an impressive range of disputes for clients, and is particularly noted for his white-collar criminal expertise. Sources are quick to praise his strong presence in the courtroom. He has acted for several high-profile individuals and organizations of late.

Corporate/M&A - Northern Virginia

THE FIRM Cooley maintains a strong reputation for its venture capital practice and emerging company work in Northern Virginia. It also represents publicly held companies in M&A, with a focus on tech sector deals. In recent highlights, the firm advised Millennial Media on its IPO and follow-on offering, and acted for URS on its $260 million acquisition of Apptis Holdings. Other clients include Micromet and Rosetta Stone.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly respected Michael Lincoln is one of the state's top venture capital specialists. He is held in high esteem by commentators for his expertise in the arena, and for his leading negotiation skills.

Andrew Lustig earns praise for his efficient and effective approach to transactions. He recently acted for Lightyear Acquisition Company on its acquisition of Near Infinity.

Brent Siler focuses on registered public offerings, corporate governance, M&A and venture capital work. He acted for OPNET Technologies on its $1 billion sale to Riverbed Technology.

Intellectual Property - Northern Virginia

THE FIRM The IP team at Cooley offers superb prosecution, counseling and litigation services. It is regularly engaged in high-profile patent litigation, and maintains a diverse client list. The group recently secured a key victory for Nintendo of America in an ITC case concerning alleged patent infringement, brought by Creative Kingdom. It has also been assisting Rosetta Stone in patent infringement litigation filed by Englishtown.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Frank Pietrantonio is partner-in-charge of the firm's Reston office. His highlights include assisting Millennial Media in a patent infringement suit brought by Streetspace. He has expertise in a broad range of technologies, including graphics processing, network security, telecommunications and digital signal processing.

Scott Talbot is renowned for his litigation expertise. His broad practice covers patent prosecution and enforcement, and he has an excellent grasp of issues involving the medical technology sector.

Real Estate - Northern Virginia

THE FIRM Cooley continues to set the standard for real estate work in Northern Virginia, and operates a broad practice which includes complex land use, zoning and real estate transactions. Notably, the firm continues to act on the construction of the $5 billion Metrorail extension project, with the first phase scheduled for completion in 2013. In other highlights, the team is advising Verne Global in connection with the development, leasing and construction of its data centers in Iceland.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Zoning expert Antonio Calabrese is described by peers as one of the leading land use professionals in Northern Virginia. Clients are quick to praise the experience and expertise he brings to working on matters.

John Lavoie is held in high esteem by clients for his business-focused and pragmatic approach. He has particular experience in all aspects of commercial real estate transactions.

Mark Looney has an extensive land use practice which covers retail, office, industrial and mixed-use developments, as well as hotel and large-scale community projects.

Colleen Gillis Snow continues to impress sources with her real estate practice, and is praised for her extensive knowledge of land transactions in Loudoun County.

Corporate/Commercial - Washington

THE FIRM This team has a solid reputation for handling a wide variety of corporate matters on behalf of emerging companies, with particular expertise in corporate securities, stock issuances and corporate governance.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Sonya Erickson has expertise in technology firms, the life sciences and venture capital funds. She is renowned as having a strong reputation for handling matters involving emerging companies and acts as corporate counsel to a variety of these clients, advising them on all aspects of growth, including IPOs and M&A.

John Robertson is admired by peers and clients for his reputation and practical approach to deals. He has a wide-ranging transactional and corporate practice, with particular emphasis on public offerings, venture capital financings and M&A.