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Cooley LLP

Palo Alto

  • 3175 Hanover Street
  • Palo Alto
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1130
  • Tel:+1 650 843 5000
  • Fax:+1 650 857 0663
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  • CEO: Joe Conroy
  • Chairman: Stephen Neal
  • Number ofpartners:   250+
  • Number of lawyers: 750+
  • Other Offices: Cooley has 11 offices across the United States and in China.

Firm Overview:
Cooley’s attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies with a significant emphasis on technology, life sciences and other high growth industries. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law. Cooley considers its commitment to the communities in which it resides to be one of its highest priorities, and performs thousands of hours of pro bono legal services and other forms of community service annually. In addition, the firm goes to great lengths to maintain the culture of teamwork, collaboration, respect and excellence upon which it was established in 1920. Cooley strives to maintain an environment of inclusion and to create opportunities for professional growth. In 2014, Cooley was named one of FORTUNE’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Cooley has more than 750 lawyers across 11 offices in the United States and China.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Litigation: Key litigation strengths include advertising, antitrust, class actions, employment, ITC, patent, privacy, regulatory, securities, tax controversy, trademark, and white collar. The firm wins major trials for many of the world’s leading companies. In the past three years, Cooley has won 22 motions to dismiss in privacy class actions, and, in the past decade, Cooley has acted as lead or co-lead defense counsel in more than 350 securities class actions. Six Cooley partners are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Intellectual Property: Cooley’s intellectual property practice is dedicated to maximizing the value and security of our clients’ intellectual property. It is one of the leading practices in the United States.

IP Litigation: Cooley’s IP litigation group excels at delivering winning legal strategies in intellectual property disputes, including patent, Section 337 investigations, copyright, trademark, false advertising, licensing, and trade secret matters. Cooley attorneys have acted as lead counsel in more than 400 patent cases over the past five years, and the firm is consistently recognized in the top 10 for most active patent litigation practices in the US. Cooley also has one of the fastest growing ITC practices in the United States.

Trademark, Copyright & Advertising: Cooley’s trademark, copyright & advertising practice offers a full range of services related to trademark, copyright and advertising law, including trademark selection, clearance, and registration; licensing trademarks and copyrights; structuring and restructuring trademark ownership; and trademark and copyright support in connection with mergers and acquisitions, investments, private placements, public offerings, financings, credit and security agreements and bankruptcy restructurings. Cooley also advises on advertising issues, including the proper use of trademarks and copyrighted content.

Patent Counseling & Prosecution: Cooley’s patent prosecution group helps clients formulate and implement effective IP development and protection strategies. The group has prepared and filed 6,000+ US patent applications and has managed 14,000+ US filings/prosecutions and 17,000+ foreign filings over the past five years.

Regulatory: Cooley’s regulatory and enforcement practices span antitrust and competition, communication, government contracts, health care, higher education, international trade, media, and securities, creating an offering unmatched by any other firm in its space. Cooley has significant experience representing clients in investigations and matters involving the SEC, DOJ, FTC, FCC, ITC, DOD, DOE, EPA, NSC, EEOC, Treasury, and other federal agencies.

Corporate: Key corporate strengths include capital markets, M&A, emerging companies, venture capital and life sciences corporate partnering & licensing.

Capital Markets: Cooley advised on 58 completed equity public offerings (22 IPOs, 36 follow-ons) in 2013, raising more than $8.3 billion for breakthrough technology and life sciences companies. In 2013, Cooley was the leading law firm for technology and life sciences IPOs, for venture capital-backed IPOs, and as company counsel for technology and life sciences IPOs, according to IPO Vital Signs.

M&A: Since 2009, Cooley has handled more than 600 M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of more than $90 billion, making its practice one of the most active in the country. That activity includes more than 150 M&A transactions valued at more than $20 billion in 2013.

Emerging Companies: Cooley represents more than 3,000 emerging company clients across all industries. Over the past decade, Cooley has represented thousands of technology, life sciences-based and other high-growth businesses with all aspects of their formation and development. Since 2010, Cooley has been involved in more than 100 later stage ($100 million pre-money valuation or higher) financings.

Venture Capital: Built upon five decades of experience, Cooley’s venture capital practice has the client volume, market presence, expertise and breadth of experience that make the firm one of the foremost authorities on venture capital fund formation nationally. The firm is counsel to more than 250 investment fund organizations and closes on average 60 funds annually. Cooley attorneys also advise on more than 400 venture capital financings and assist venture lenders in closing approximately 150 financings annually.

Life Sciences: For more than 40 years, Cooley has played an instrumental role in the growth of many of the industry’s most sophisticated life sciences companies. Cooley has worked on more than 115 life sciences corporate partnering and licensing transactions, with an aggregate deal value in excess of $35 billion.

Branches

  • 3175 Hanover Street,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1130
  • Tel +1 650 843 5000
  • Fax +1 650 857 0663
  • Email : info@cooley.com
  • Website : www.cooley.com

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - California

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Capital Markets - California

What the team is known for A dominant force for equity offerings in the tech and life sciences space, with a very strong showing in the IPO market. Typically represents issuers and investors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Cooley is a classic Silicon Valley-based firm with solid substantive expertise in numerous areas. They have displayed a real can-do attitude and were helpful in finding solutions, not just the problems."

"They don't just provide legal advice but also business advice and they are able to dovetail their legal advice to fit our business objectives. The firm is focused on business decision making, not just legal concerns."

"Cooley's knowledge base makes them a go-to firm for biotech companies in the area. The whole host of lawyers there not only speak legal language but also industry language. They have senior lawyers who stay there their whole careers, but also bring younger partners up the ranks so I feel well covered from day to day."

Work highlights Represented Goldman Sachs as underwriters in InterMune's follow-on public offering of common stock and convertible senior notes.

Represented Tableau Software in its highly successful IPO, resulting in a $4 billion valuation for the company.

Represented Jazz Pharmaceuticals in its $314.4 million secondary equity offering.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Eric Jensen maintains a robust capital markets practice and established expertise in semiconductor work. He represented the underwriters on Cyan's high-value IPO. Clients praise his calm approach, claiming: "He helps facilitate awkward negotiations and is very diplomatic."

Louis Lehot continues to impress with his market knowledge and contacts with relevant authorities, including the SEC. Market commentators say: "He is an excellent corporate lawyer with sound judgment and strong counseling skills."

Significant clients Yelp, Morgan Stanley, Brocade.

Corporate/M&A - California

What the team is known for Highly regarded in the emerging companies space, particularly for representation of sell-side clients. Active in a range of sectors, with an emphasis on technology and life sciences.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're our outside general counsel and are very good with small company type legal matters in venture capital."

"As a firm, they are terrific."  

What's new? David Hernand joins the firm from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

Work highlights Represented cyber-security company Websense in its sale to Vista Equity Partners for approximately $1 billion.

Acted for OPNET Technologies on its approximately $1 billion acquisition by Riverbed Technology.

Notable practitioners 

Craig Dauchy is a highly regarded practitioner in the private equity and venture capital space, specializing in fund formation. He is head of the venture capital practice at Cooley.

Mark Tanoury is "a terrific lawyer" who is "very active" in the venture capital space. Peers highlight his expertise in representing both emerging companies and venture capital funds.

Fred Muto has a strong reputation in the Southern California market for technology and life sciences matters. He represents clients ranging from early stage to public companies, as well as investors and investment banks.

The "very talented" Barbara Borden represents clients in a range of industries, including technology and life sciences. Recent work includes acting for Peet's Coffee and Tea in its approximately $1 billion acquisition by Joh A Benckiser. She is based in Cooley's San Diego office.

Jennifer Fonner DiNucci is "a good technical lawyer," handling all types of M&A work for public and private companies. She recently represented Epocrates in its $293 million sale to athenahealth.

Palo Alto-based Eric Jensen focuses his practice on the representation of technology companies, ranging from early stage to public.

Significant clients NVIDIA, saleforce.com, Zynga, Power Integrations, Quest Software.

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation - California

What the team is known for Well-rounded provision of compensation and benefits advice, with expertise spanning labor, securities, ERISA, corporate and tax law matters. Offers an integrated nationwide service with substantive experience in benefits and compensation matters stemming from M&A, workforce expansion or reduction projects.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"The work product I see from them is top-notch."

Notable practitioners

Thomas Reicher heads up the compensation and benefits practice from the San Francisco office.

Intellectual Property - California

What the team is known for Well-known trademark practice that handles significant work for leading software and technology clients.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"Their capacity to handle really complex matters and arguments is very impressive."

"They're a great team."

Notable practitioners

Thomas Friel is the head of the firm's national IP litigation practice. His clients value his well-rounded skill set in IP matters, describing him as "good at all things."

Michael Rhodes is a litigation partner, who handles patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright issues for leading technology companies. His clients rate him as "practical, efficient and just a very formidable practitioner."

Anne Peck is focused on the management and prosecution of major international trademark portfolios and is described by peers as "excellent in the trademark prosecution arena; someone who really knows her stuff." 

IT & Outsourcing - California

What the team is known for Highly regarded technology transaction firm which works closely with clients of all sizes on technology issues. Strong sector-specific expertise includes e-commerce and digital media.

Notable practitioners  

Carolyn Craig maintains a broad transactional practice, and has considerable expertise in intellectual property. Sources note that she is "an absolutely terrific lawyer."

Diane Savage assists emerging technology companies with a broad range of corporate needs, including joint venture and other partnership agreements.

Michael Stern is a highly regarded technology transactions lawyer with particular expertise working on software licensing matters.

Life Sciences - California

What the team is known for A profound strength in corporate transactions and intellectual property licensing for life science companies. The team works extensively with new and emerging businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Cooley is clearly one of the go-to firms for handling companies in the early financing stages."

"An excellent firm, particularly for handling very large transactions." 

Notable practitioners  

Robert Jones is described by his peers as "incredibly well respected throughout the industry." His practice is geared towards the corporate representation of life science companies, particularly in the biotechnology space.

Barbara Kosacz is recognized as a significant player and is rated highly by her peers for her tremendous legal acumen. The international head of the firm's life sciences practice, she is particularly adept at handling complex strategic partnering transactions. 

Fred Muto, a leading figure in this space, is also an experienced and talented corporate attorney. His practice emphasizes the representation of emerging and public technology companies.

Barclay Kamb is an experienced and well-regarded practitioner in corporate and financing transactions, where he represents a range of companies in the life sciences. 

Kay Chandler is a well-established and experienced practitioner who focuses on corporate representation of life science companies. Her technical skills and client service are noted by her peers.

Mark Weeks specializes in the representation of emerging companies. He is recognized as a "big name in the medical device industry in Silicon Valley." 

Litigation - California

What the team is known for Expertise in privacy class actions, as well as consumer class actions for a range of high-profile clients. Regularly acts for major clients in the internet and technology spheres.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a great, solid Silicon Valley team." 

Work highlights Defended Qualcomm in a suit alleging the misappropriation of trade secrets and the subsequent improper inclusion of those secrets in patent applications.

Acted for LinkedIn in privacy class actions arising from the theft and publication of user passwords.

Notable practitioners  

Firm chairman Stephen Neal is cited by sources as "a very strong litigator in general." He focuses largely on general commercial litigation, and also regularly handles disputes related to federal and state securities law.

The "excellent" John Dwyer draws warm praise from sources, who describe him as a "very, very good lawyer." He is cochair of Cooley's national securities litigation group, focusing on this area as well as disputes arising from M&A.

Michael Rhodes is described by sources as an "extremely effective and very formidable" lawyer who gives "really solid, practical and efficient ways to manage dispute resolution." He handles litigation arising from IP and privacy issues, as well as shareholder and venture capital disputes.

Significant clients Facebook, eBay, Google, Rigel Pharmaceuticals, AUO Optronics.

Corporate/M&A - Colorado

What the team is known for Noted for its expertise in venture capital work relating to the technology industry involving startup companies. Handles a range of transactions including M&A deals and securities work.

Notable practitioners  

James Linfield is known to be one of Colorado's strongest corporate practitioners. He represents technology companies as well as funds in a range of finance and M&A transactions. He offers particular expertise in advising startups and other organizations in the technology sector. 

Francis Wheeler advises clients on securities and corporate governance matters as part of a broad corporate practice. He is held in high regard by clients for his deep technical expertise.  

Michael Platt attracts praise from clients for his strength and expertise in venture capital work. He advises clients across a range of industries, including technology and communications.

Brent Fassett is well versed in all areas of corporate and securities law. He continues to counsel clients in a wide array of industries, including the healthcare and life sciences sectors.  

Intellectual Property - Colorado

What the team is known for Representing clients mainly based in the software, technology and life science industries. Strength in prosecution, counseling and litigation, and able to provide expertise in both copyright and trademarks.

Notable practitioners  

Litigator James Brogan has an exceptional reputation and is well versed in patent infringement and trademark cases.  

There are few types of patent disputes Wayne Stacy hasn't come across. He is a strong trial lawyer and is respected among his contemporaries for his "articulate" manner. He has represented telecommunication clients, software developers and a range of technology companies.  

Antitrust - District of Columbia

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Corporate/M&A - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Well regarded for venture capital and emerging companies assignments. Particularly active in the technology sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're extraordinarily responsive and their advice is very practical. The material is synthesized so I can make use of it straight away."

"A really rock-solid, talented law firm." 

Notable practitioners  

Ryan Naftulin focuses on the life sciences and technology sectors, representing emerging companies and investors. Clients appreciate his "breadth of experience" and ability to "condense complex issues in a concrete and efficient way."

Media & Entertainment - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Strong across the media and technology industries, with particular skill in regulatory issues. Represents clients before the FCC and other agencies.

Notable practitioners  

Peers say John Feore is a "good, technical lawyer" within the regulatory sphere. He has extensive experience representing clients in the media and new media sectors, alongside investors and lenders, before all pertinent regulatory bodies.

Telecommunications - District of Columbia

What the team is known for Expanding telecommunications group, with a client base including service providers, technology companies, start-ups and large carriers. Experienced in appearing before the FCC and in advising on privacy, interconnection and antitrust matters.

What's new? Following Cooley's merger with Dow Lohnes in January 2014, the group welcomes former Dow Lohnes partners John Feore and Anne Swanson to the team.

Notable practitioners  

John Feore is considered a "very hard worker who is dedicated to client service." His client base includes buyers and sellers of media and telecommunications services, and he has represented numerous broadcasters before the FCC.

The "very well-regarded" Anne Swanson is an expert in administrative law and has substantial experience in assisting communications clients in a broad range of matters, including mergers and enforcement issues.

Corporate/M&A - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Enjoys a strong reputation in the technology sphere, and offers services ranging from corporate governance and fund formation work to joint ventures and IPOs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Cooley are very attuned to the needs of hi-tech, fast-moving entrepreneurial companies."

"We were extremely impressed with how user-friendly they were."

Work highlights Represented BASF in its negotiations with Norwest Equity Partners for its $1.02 billion acquisition of Becker Underwood.

Represented NetScout Systems in its acquisition of ONPATH Technologies in a deal valued at $41.8 million.

Notable practitioners  

Nicole Brookshire's practice deals with the representation of public companies as well as financing and formation matters relating to emerging entities. Clients describe her as a "fantastic" lawyer who is "astute and hard-working," with "a great attention to detail."

Marc Recht is described by sources as "a consummate professional" who is "very customer-oriented." He focuses on life sciences companies as well as securities and M&A work in both public and private transactional matters.

Significant clients Avedro, ZioPharm Oncology, EnerNOC, FORMA Therapeutics.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Private Equity - Massachusetts

What the team is known for Maintains a thriving reputation in the New England venture capital market while benefiting from the bench strength of a nationally respected presence. Close relationships with a range of industry sectors including technology, biotech and healthcare.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a strong team and a broad practice nationally." 

"They can handle all of the things that could come up in venture capital investment."

Notable practitioners  

The highly respected and "very efficient" Patrick Mitchell continues to build an impressive client base with strong venture contacts. He is widely admired by peers, who remark that "he's practical, he's effective and he understands how to get deals done."

Lester Fagen is well regarded by peers and continues to represent venture capital funds in their investment activity.

Capital Markets - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto and Los Angeles.

What the team is known for Expertise in representing issuers on IPO and secondary transactions in the technology and life sciences sectors. Growing reputation for its representation of underwriters and debt work.

Work highlights Represented Tremor Video in relation to its $75 million IPO.

Advised ChannelAdvisor on its $80.5 million IPO.

Notable practitioners

Eric Jensen heads the department and is a key contact.

Significant clients Brocade, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Tableau Software, Portola Pharmaceuticals, Goldman Sachs.

Intellectual Property - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto and San Francisco.

What the team is known for Comprehensive IP practice that takes in litigation, prosecution, and corporate and commercial transactions involving IP assets. Acts for household names and market leaders, as well as nurturing promising emerging businesses.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good - clever and articulate litigators." 

Work highlights Secured a judgment of non-infringement for Gevo in a dispute against BP and DuPont joint venture Butamax, concerning biofuels technology.

Successfully defended claims of patent infringement against Qualcomm by Gabriel Technologies in a dispute over GPS patents.

Notable practitioners  

Jim Brogan leads the firm's IP practice from the office in Broomfield, Colorado.

Significant clients Facebook, HTC, LinkedIn, Nintendo, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals.

Investment Funds - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include Palo Alto, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Boston.

What the team is known for Standout practice for venture capital fund formation. Unparalleled market knowledge and expertise working with venture funds.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have an excellent reputation for fundraising but they are also great at partnership agreements and advising on T&Cs."

"Very helpful from a business standpoint and very practical. The way they deliver those services is very effective both in terms of responsiveness and attention to client service."

Work highlights Represented Redpoint Ventures in forming its fifth early-stage fund, which closed at $400 million.

Advised on the formation of Trinity Ventures XI. The $325 million fund will focus on investments in digital media as well as cloud and mobile infrastructure.

Notable practitioners  

Sources attest that Craig Dauchy is a "senior person with tons of experience who understands all the latest trends." One impressed client notes that, in terms of fund formation, "he is as good as they come."

Mark Tanoury is an experienced fund formation practitioner who receives praise for his "incredible business knowledge" as well as his "in-depth understanding of investment clients and company needs."

Eric Jensen is "collaborative and thoughtful with good people skills." He focuses on advising technology companies and has a wealth of experience handling IPOs.

Barbara Kosacz advises on venture capital matters in the life sciences arena, with one source noting that she is "extremely strong on the transactional side."

Life sciences expert Fred Muto has a fantastic reputation in the area, with broad strength also in corporate transactional matters.

Significant clients Lightspeed Venture Partners, Institutional Venture Partners, Venrock, Sutter Hill Ventures, Foundation Capital.

Life Sciences - Nationwide

Basic facts about the department
Key offices include San Diego, Palo Alto, Seattle and Boston.

What the team is known for A particularly strong corporate offering, specializing in emerging companies. Commended for its leading West Coast presence, while also offering strength across several East Coast offices. Provides expertise across a range of financing, IP and transactional areas, and impressive strength in licensing matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"Their practice is focused on emerging business clients, and they are excellent at what they do."

Notable practitioners  

Corporate practitioner Robert Jones works extensively with technology and life science companies. His peers describe him as "an incredible contributor" for his work on technology licensing and joint venture arrangements.

Peers describe Barbara Kosacz as a "superlative" practitioner in corporate and transactional work for life science companies. She is particularly singled out as being "at the top of the game in terms of life sciences transactions."

Fred Muto is based in the firm's San Diego office and specializes in the corporate representation of public and emerging companies. He has experience working with companies in the medical device, biotechnology and healthcare fields.

Ivor Elrifi recently joined the firm from Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC, and works extensively in patent prosecution, counseling, litigation, licensing and transactions. Peers say he is "very good to work with and very knowledgeable"

Tax - Nationwide

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - New York

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Litigation - New York

What the team is known for Diverse litigation practice with capabilities across a broad range of disputes including complex commercial litigation, securities matters, IP and employment actions. Deep bench of attorneys skilled in white-collar criminal defense work and government investigations.

Notable practitioners  

William Schwartz has an excellent reputation among peers in the New York white-collar space and is noted for his significant trial experience. Commentators note that "he's got good judgment, he's smart and he knows how to try a case."

Alan Levine is commended for being "an excellent lawyer - determined, smart, hard-working and strategic." He is highly regarded for his ability to handle complex commercial disputes and has additional expertise in criminal litigation.

Head of the New York litigation group Jonathan Bach handles an impressive range of civil and criminal litigation. Sources characterize him as "superb; very bright and an excellent trial lawyer." He earns recognition for his numerous white-collar representations.

"Very thoughtful" Celia Barenholtz has a broad practice and a wide range of expertise including complex commercial disputes, IP litigation and malpractice suits. She is commended for her extensive trial experience.

Corporate/M&A - Northern Virginia

What the team is known for Standout within the emerging company and venture capital space. Significant bench strength and profile throughout the region, and maintains an impressive reputation for transactions in the technology sector. Also noted for its strengths in digital marketing and issues concerning the healthcare arena.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They have a great Northern Virginia practice."

"They have a phenomenal venture capital and technology practice."

Work highlights Advised ChannelAdvisor, an e-commerce software company based in North Carolina, in its $80.5 million IPO.

Acted in Millennial Media's $225 million acquisition of Jumptap, a mobile advertising platform. Cooley advised Millennial Media on the transaction.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Michael Lincoln receives widespread recognition as a leader in the field and sources describe him as "the brand name for the emerging growth venture capital practice." He is renowned for his expertise in transactions and private equity, and for his adroit handling of negotiations.

Andrew Lustig is acclaimed for his strength in both the commercial and government contracting spaces, handling a range of private equity financings and transactions. Sources note his profile in the sector and the strength of his practice, calling him "a great lawyer doing a great job."

Sources highlight Brent Siler in particular for his depth of experience with IPOs, advising clients across a broad range of industries including pharmaceuticals and advertising. In addition, he is well versed in a variety of transactions, receiving praise for his depth of specialist knowledge in the area.

Significant clients SpaceX, Tesla, Under Armour, Avectra, Clarabridge.

Intellectual Property - Northern Virginia

What the team is known for Impressive profile for litigation, trademark and patent matters, maintaining a strong reputation for its regional and nationwide capabilities and deep bench boasting broad-based expertise. Strong track record counseling clients in industries such as software and life sciences, with notable experience on the patent prosecution front.

Notable practitioners  

Frank Pietrantonio heads the firm's Reston office and is highly regarded for his expertise advising clients in areas including the semiconductor, digital media and telecommunications industries. He is particularly noted for his strong counseling practice.

Real Estate - Northern Virginia

What the team is known for Retains its standing as a heavyweight, with much-noted bench strength and a wealth of experience in the sector. Maintains a sterling reputation for acting on behalf of owners and developers in complex and high-profile transactional work, including large-scale mixed-use developments. Also regularly sought after for its expertise in land use and zoning matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're skilled, responsive, and they have strong relationships with the county staff and elected officials, which benefits our projects."

"I've always been satisfied with their capabilities and professionalism."

Work highlights Represented Capital One in a rezoning for its Tyson Corner campus, a major mixed-use project incorporating office development, residential towers and a convention center and hotel, with anticipated integration into the Silver Line rail expansion.

Secured a lease for CustomInk's headquarters, making it the largest office tenant in the Mosaic District.

Notable practitioners  

Antonio Calabrese heads the department and receives widespread recognition as a leading light in zoning and land use work. Sources praise his depth of expertise and his profile in the sector, calling him "terrific - he understands business," and "a big player on the land use side."

John Lavoie is praised for his transaction-side practice, garnering significant acclaim for his expertise and track record in the area. Sources note that "he's excellent - well known in the field," adding that "he gets very high marks from everyone."

Mark Looney is described as "smart, direct, responsive and a problem solver." He is experienced across the spectrum of land use and zoning work, and is praised both for his level of understanding and impressive attention to detail.

Significant clients Boston Properties, Macerich, DuPont Fabros Technology, Orbital Sciences, Brambleton Group.

Corporate/Commercial - Washington

What the team is known for Represents technology and life sciences businesses, from startups and emerging growth companies to established brands. Works closely with other offices in the region to give clients national support.

Notable practitioners  

John Robertson is the partner who leads the Seattle office. Peers say he gives "very practical, very sound business thoughts on legal advice." He advises on venture capital, IPOs and M&A matters.

Sonya Erickson is praised for her skill at handling technology-related work, especially for startups. She also advises venture capital firms and established businesses.

Significant clients Third Rock Ventures, HTC, Tableau Software.