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Firm Profile

Cooley LLP

Firm Profile

Palo Alto

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

Firm profile submitted by Cooley LLP

CEO: Joe Conroy
Chairman: Stephen Neal
Number of partners:300+
Number of lawyers:900+

Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies with an emphasis on technology, life sciences and other high-growth industries. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley maintains an environment of inclusion and is proud to be one of Fortune’s ‘100 Best Companies to Work For.’ The firm has 900+ lawyers across 13 offices in the US, China and Europe.

Key Strengths: capital markets, M&A, emerging companies, venture capital, tech transactions and life sciences corporate partnering and licensing. Cooley is continuously ranked as the most active law firm representing issuers and underwriters in IPOs in the life sciences and tech sectors. Cooley’s leadership gives the firm indepth industry-specific experience as corporate counsel to high-growth companies.

Key Strengths: advertising, appellate, antitrust, class actions, employment, ITC, international arbitrations, patent, privacy, regulatory, securities, tax controversy, trademark and white collar. Cooley’s global trial practice has won verdicts and awards worth billions of dollars and protected market share for innovative clients against competitors, consumers and regulators. The team includes seven partners who are fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers and 20+ former assistant US attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers.

Intellectual Property:
Cooley has one of the largest full-service IP practices of any law firm in the US. The firm serves as IP counsel to 1,000+ companies across all industry sectors worldwide. Key strengths include IP litigation across all major venues; patent counseling and prosecution; trademark, copyright and advertising; and due diligence, licensing and strategic transactions. Cooley is a top five law firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has one of the most active IP litigation practices in the US including numerous trial wins. The firm also has the largest life sciences and medical device patent team of any law firm in the US. In the last five years, Cooley lawyers have filed 9,500+ patent applications and 5,000+ trademark applications worldwide and have led 1,000+ investor-side and company-side due diligence reviews.

Key Strengths: antitrust and competition, communications, financial services, government contracts, insurance, healthcare, education, international trade, media and securities. 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.

Antitrust & Competition:
Providing a full range of counseling, litigation, agency representation and arbitration services, Cooley handles all aspects of antitrust/competition law and trade regulation matters for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as growing companies in virtually every sector of the economy.

Capital Markets:
Cooley advised on 300+ completed public offerings since 2015, leading all law firms for VC-backed technology and life sciences IPOs since 2013 and as company counsel for US venture-backed IPOs, according to IPO Vital Signs.

Emerging Companies:
Cooley represents 6,000+ private companies across all industries. Over the past decade, Cooley has represented thousands of technology, life sciences and other high-growth businesses with all aspects of their formation and development. The firm is involved in 800+ financings annually and is ranked second in the US for number of private company equity financing deals in 2016 by PitchBook.

Intellectual Property Litigation:
Cooley’s IP litigators win cases across the US and UK in every conceivable forum and manner. They are experienced in all types of IP cases including patent, Section 337 investigations, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, copyright, false advertising, domain name and licensing matters. With 500+ IP cases in the last five years, including 400+ patent cases, Cooley is widely acknowledged as one of the top IP litigation practices in the US, consistently ranking in the top ten for patent litigation.

Life Sciences:
With 1,200+ public and private life sciences company clients worldwide, Cooley is the leading deal firm across all aspects of corporate and transactional practices, including M&A, IPOs, financings and private equity work. Cooley represents more than 50% of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index and is widely known as a best-in-class firm for handling corporate partnering and licensing transactions.

Since 2011, Cooley has handled 1,000+ M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of $300+ billion, making the practice one of the most active in the country, particularly for technology and life sciences companies.

Privacy & Data Protection:
Cooley’s global privacy and data protection practice group consists of tech-smart lawyers with depth of experience in privacy and data security counseling and litigation bolstered by substantial knowledge of all aspects of ecommerce, online, mobile and health technologies. Cooley represents cutting-edge startups and well-known global companies such as Google, Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn and Sony. In 2017, the firm advised on 40+ data security incidents and handled more than a dozen privacy class action litigations.

Public Companies:
Cooley counsels public companies in high-stakes, complex business and litigation matters across the globe. The firm currently represents 700+ publicly traded companies and serves as principal corporate governance and securities counsel for 150+ publicly traded companies. The team has extensive experience and familiarity with federal and state securities laws, which enables us to be strategic advisors to both seasoned and newly public companies.

Securities Litigation:
Cooley has one of the most active practices for the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation in the US. With 500+ representations over the past decade, the firm’s securities litigation clients include a diverse range of businesses and individuals, including startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Venture Capital:
Cooley is counsel to 350+ investment fund organizations. The firm also advises on 800+ venture financings annually, company and investor-side combined.

Private Equity:
Cooley’s world-class transactional team has guided leading private equity sponsors in some of the market’s largest and most complex transactions. The team advised on 50+ private equity sponsor-side deals in the last five years and 90+ growth equity sponsor-side deals in the last two years.

The firm has a market reputation for innovative, tax-efficient structuring of business transactions and effective resolution of significant tax controversies.

Real Estate:
The team has decades of experience in the Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, market and demonstrated success and oversight on some of the largest, most important, complex land use/zoning and real estate deals in one of the country’s strongest real estate markets.

Technology Transactions:
The technology transactions team combines an intellectual property practice with a commercial transactions practice. Best trained in these disciplines, lawyers meet the demands of a fast-evolving, increasingly global environment. Many have ‘in-house’ legal or business experience with technology companies; all are capable dealmakers with an aptitude for, and keen interest in, the technologies that help clients thrive.


  • 3175 Hanover Street,
  • Palo Alto,
  • California
  • USA
  • CA 94304-1130
  • Tel +1 650 843 5000
  • Fax +1 650 857 0663
  • DX 130997 CDE
  • Email : [email protected]
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