About Cooley

Facilitating Change

Cooley represents thousands of clients in a wide range of industries from offices in eleven major commercial markets. We are counselors, strategists and advocates for the foremost private and public companies. We have a legacy of representing companies bringing to market breakthrough products and technologies and frequently argue cases that fall in new areas of law, brought about by technological developments. Our business and litigation practice reaches across a broad array of dynamic industry sectors, including technology, life sciences, clean tech, real estate, financial services, retail and energy. With 750 attorneys throughout the U.S. and in China, Cooley has the range and expertise to serve companies of all sizes to seize opportunities in today's global marketplace.

Passion for our Clients' Success

Continually faced with intense competition, companies and individuals turn to experienced and creative advocates to protect and enhance their market position, to vindicate them against wrongful accusations and claims and to enforce their rights against those who would encroach. Cooley attorneys bring an inherent passion to achieve success for our clients. With teamwork being the hallmark of our culture, we draw upon our collective expertise across practices to provide our clients with high-quality, cost-effective and strategic advice tailored to their particular needs.

Our Business practice is well-known for its expertise in the areas of venture capital and private equity, corporate securities, mergers and acquisitions, life sciences and technology transactions, tax and real estate, making Cooley a go-to firm for transactional matters. We have a national reputation for protecting our clients' business interests and assets through timely prelitigation counseling and hard-fought adversarial proceedings before federal and state courts nationwide, regulatory agencies and alternative dispute resolution forums. Our 325 attorney Litigation practice includes prominent trial lawyers and former federal prosecutors with deep experience handling high-profile complex commercial, white collar crime, securities fraud and intellectual property cases, as well as complex restructurings and major bankruptcies. Each year, we handle high stakes cases in trial, in venues across the country, involving both criminal and civil exposures.

Without Boundaries

Cooley has expanded across the U.S. and in 2011 opened an office in Shanghai, China. Our work spans the globe, and our clients are international. We are there with them doing deals, protecting their intellectual property and representing them in disputes in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Our global assignments range from worldwide brand protection to multi-country mergers and acquisitions, to the largest case in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Whether forming start-ups, facilitating seed and mezzanine financing, handling initial public offerings and mergers and acquisitions, or providing strategic prelitigation counseling and representation in adversarial proceedings, Cooley is as equally adept at representing two-person start-ups as it is Fortune 500 companies.

Video Profile: Steve Neal

Cooley's chairman has tried more than 30 cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, conducted dozens of other contested hearings, and argued numerous appeals. View video.


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