About Cooley

Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law.

  • Cooley has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe
  • 300 partners in a single-tier partnership
  • 2000 employees worldwide
  • Named one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For
  • Cooley's 2015 revenue grew by 14% to $912 million
  • Recognized as a Top 5 Innovative Law Firm by Financial Times
  • Preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices


"We are a single global partnership. Our focus is on establishing deeper relationships with existing and future clients. At Cooley we are privileged to represent many of the most exciting and innovative companies in the world."

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


  • Key litigation strengths: advertising, antitrust, class actions, employment, insurance, international arbitrations, 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 500 patent cases over the past five years and consistently recognized in the top 15 for most active patent litigation practices in the United States (Corporate Counsel)
  • Seven partners are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Won 25+ motions to dismiss in privacy class actions since 2011
  • Most active securities litigation defense firm in the US in 2015 (Thomson Reuters Monitor Suite)
  • 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, 2013, 2014 and 2015


  • Key corporate strengths: capital markets, emerging companies, venture capital, M&A, technology transactions, licensing and corporate partnering, fund formation
  • In 2015, advised on 98 completed equity public offerings, including 32 completed IPOs
  • Since 2009, handled more than 1,000+ M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of more than $170 billion, making our practice one of the most active in the world 
  • In the past five years, worked on more than 140 life sciences corporate partnering and licensing transactions, with an aggregate deal value in excess of $38 billion
  • Represent more than 350 fund manager organizations, including 40 in China, with closings on more than 190 different funds in 2015, raising $19.5 billion
  • Cooley represents more than 5,000 private company clients, including 35% of the Wall Street Journal's "Billion Dollar Startup Club"
  • Represent more than 140 public company clients

Regulatory and enforcement

Cooley represents clients before the following US agencies:

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

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

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


  • Defended UK-based Vistaprint Ltd. in a patent infringement suit in E.D. Texas securing a complete defense verdict against a competitor seeking to extract a royalty on Vistaprint's online editing software
  • Represented a UK-based company and a leading provider of hedge fund consulting services in the world in a hotly contested civil litigation brought by one of its competitors, involving the alleged theft of trade secrets
  • Delivered a victory for UK-based client HSBC in an antitrust case brought against its former factoring unit, HSBC Business Credit
  • Advised Israel-based Stratasys, Ltd. on the acquisitions of Makerbot for $600 million, Solid Concepts for $295 million, and Harvest Technologies and GrabCAD for undisclosed amounts. Cooley also advised Israel-based Objet Ltd. on its $1.4 billion merger with Stratasys
  • Represented Germany-based BASF's $1 billion acquisition of Becker Underwood
  • Advised Websense, Inc. on its acquisition of UK-based SurfControl plc, for $440 million
  • Advised on the formation of K2 Partners II fund for London, England-based K2 Partners
  • Represented the underwriters in the concurrent $106.4 million IPO on NASDAQ and $28.3 million secondary offering on Euronext for France-based DBV Technologies S.A.
  • Global assignments range from the worldwide brand protection of Bluetooth® to significant acquisitions for eBay to the largest case in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), among others
  • Insurance & Reinsurance practice recommended in UK Chambers for Reinsurance, Insurance: Contentious Claims and Insurance: Non-contentious work.

Cooley clients include

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

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

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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