Ryan Naftulin, Partner

Ryan Naftulin is a partner and Vice Chair of the Cooley Business department and is resident in the Firm's Washington, DC office. He joined the Firm in 1998 in the Firm's Silicon Valley offices, and moved to the Firm's metro-DC offices in 2002.

Mr. Naftulin's practice focuses on the representation of issuers and investors in the formation and financing of emerging technology and life sciences companies, as well as counseling companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, strategic relationships, public offerings and general corporate matters. He has taught seminars on venture capital transactions at the University of Michigan Business School, University of Michigan Law School and Duke University Law School, and for the University of Virginia Darden School of Business's "Venture Boot Camp." Mr. Naftulin serves on the National Venture Capital Association committee for model venture capital financing documents and has also moderated a webcast for that group regarding venture capital deal structures. Mr. Naftulin has served on a panel entitled "Beyond the Series A Financing — Issues to Consider on Subsequent Financings" at the American Bar Association's Section of Business Law annual spring meeting.

Mr. Naftulin has been selected for the 2008-2015 editions of The Best Lawyers of America and was named one of the best partners to work for in Washington by AboveTheLaw.com (see article). He has also been recognized by Chambers USA in 2015 as a leader in Corporate/M&A & Private Equity.

Mr. Naftulin received his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School, his MBA from the University of Michigan Business School and his BA in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Naftulin is a member of the State Bar of California, the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.


  • University of Michigan Law School
    JD, 1998, magna cum laude
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
    MBA, 1998, magna cum laude
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    BA Economics, 1994

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  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • American Bar Association
Washington, DC
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Washington, DC 20004

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