About Cooley

Cooley's attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

  • Cooley has more than 750 lawyers across 11 offices in the United States and China
  • More than 250 partners in a single-tier partnership
  • 1700 employees worldwide
  • Named one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Places to Work For" in 2014
  • As published in the May 2014 issue of the American Lawyer 100, Cooley's 2013 revenue grew by 9.2% to $674 million
  • Revenue per lawyer hit $1 million for the first time, making Cooley an AmLaw Top-30 firm by that metric
  • Recognized as Elite "Top-25 Innovative Law Firm" by Financial Times
  • Preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices
  • More than 5,000 private and 500 public company clients

LEADERSHIP

"The characteristic of Cooley that makes me the most proud, and is the most distinctive, is the passion with which we approach the practice of law and dedicate ourselves to the success of our clients. We consider our clients' goals to be our own, and in many ways, they are. Our attorneys work together across departments, offices and practice groups with unmatched drive, energy and focus in the relentless pursuit of achieving the optimal outcome for clients."
— JOE CONROY, CEO, COOLEY LLP

Joe Conroy, CEO
New York, NY
Steve Neal, Chairman
Palo Alto, CA

LITIGATION

  • Key litigation strengths: advertising, antitrust, class actions, employment, ITC, patent, privacy, regulatory, securities, tax controversy, trademark, white collar
  • National trial strength: Recently won trials for Gilead Sciences, Facebook, Vistaprint, Websense, Nextag, Nintendo, HTC, Roger Clemens, Qualcomm, Encore Capital, Mark Cuban, North Bridge and Tudor Investments, among others
  • Acted as lead counsel in more than 400 patent cases over the past five years and consistently recognized in the top 10 for most active patent litigation practices in the United States (Corporate Counsel)
  • Six partners are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Ranked 5th for total number of International Trade Commission (ITC Section 337) representations in 2012 by Corporate Counsel
  • Won 27 motions to dismiss in privacy class actions since 2011
  • Acted as lead or co-lead defense counsel in more than 350 securities class actions over the past decade
  • Prepared and filed 6,000 US patent applications and managed more than 14,000 US filings/prosecutions and 17,000+ foreign filings/prosecutions over the past five years
  • Privacy and Data Protection practice named one of Law360's Privacy Practice Groups of the Year in 2011 and 2013

CORPORATE

  • Key corporate strengths: capital markets, emerging companies, venture capital, M&A, technology transactions, licensing and corporate partnering, fund formation
  • Advised on 63 completed equity public offerings (31 IPOs, 32 follow-ons) in the first half of 2014, raising more than $7.5 billion.
  • #1 law firm among issuer advisors in global equity capital markets in Q1 2014 with 24 issues totaling $2.9 billion (Thomson Reuters)
  • Since 2009, handled more than 650 M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of more than $105 billion, making our practice one of the most active in the country. 
  • In the past four years, worked on more than 120 life sciences corporate partnering and licensing transactions, with an aggregate deal value in excess of $35 billion
  • Represent more than 250 fund manager organizations in the United States and beyond, closing an average of 60 new funds a year
  • Ranked #1 in venture capital financing deals in Q1 2014 (DowJones Private Markets)
  • Represent more than 35 fund managers headquartered in China

REGULATORY AND ENFORCEMENT EXPERIENCE

Cooley represents clients before the following federal agencies:

  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Department of Justice
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • International Trade Commission
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Security Counsel
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Department of the Treasury

Cooley provides regulatory counsel to companies in the United States and globally in:

  • Antitrust
  • Aviation
  • Communication
  • Government contractors
  • Life sciences and health care
  • Higher education
  • International trade
  • Media
  • Securities
  • Technology

COOLEY CLIENTS INCLUDE

  • Bluetooth
  • Brocade
  • CenturyLink
  • Comcast
  • Comerica
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Founders Fund
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Google
  • HTC
  • Institutional Venture Partners
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • LinkedIn
  • Millennial Media
  • NVIDIA
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Qualcomm
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Sazerac
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • SpaceX
  • Tesla Motors
  • Tesoro Corporation
  • Yelp

(In some cases client permission is needed before publishing names in the context of their legal advisors)

Press Contacts

Erin Lebe
San Francisco
elebe@cooley.com
(415) 693-2684
Taylor Massa
New York
tmassa@cooley.com
(212) 479-6546
Thomas Freeman
San Francisco
tfreeman@cooley.com
(415) 693-2010

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.

A Great Place to Work

Cooley was named to FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list in 2014. Read More.


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