Commercial Litigation

Cooley has one of the leading litigation practices in the US with many seasoned trial lawyers. Together with our highly experienced team in the London office, the firm can handle cross-border litigation matters and international arbitrations involving the examination of conflict of laws, forum and jurisdictional disputes, as well as domestic disputes across a broad range of industries and businesses.

Our experience litigating in a wide variety of venues includes the United States Supreme Court and other federal and state courts nationwide, a broad spectrum of administrative tribunals and international arbitral forums and English courts. Cooley attorneys have considerable experience as coordinating counsel in multi-district litigation and are also experienced in a variety of alternative dispute resolution forums, including mediations and settlement conferences. Many of our litigators serve as court appointed or privately selected mediators and arbitrators. Our Litigation team in London advise on the full range of commercial disputes and are expert in all forms of dispute resolution including high value and complex commercial disputes, cross-border litigation, commercial mediation and other forms of ADR, and international arbitration.

Key Facts

  • 350 Litigation lawyers in ten major business and technology centers globally
  • Experience in more than 80 state and federal courts, arbitral forums and administrative bodies
  • Argued recently in U.S. and California Supreme Courts – only firm to be awarded Ninth Circuit recognition
  • Department partners include former US Attorneys, many former Assistant US Attorneys, Department of Justice lawyers

Our clients include leading companies of all sizes from new, emerging companies to Fortune 50 and 100, FTSE 250, public companies across many industries, such as capital markets, entertainment and media, transportation, manufacturing, insurance, life sciences, military contracting, and accounting, with a particular focus on technology companies and financial institutions in all sectors. We have a deep understanding of what these businesses do and what they expect and need from their litigators. We also act for governments and state entities on a range of matters including international boundaries disputes and in assisting with asset recovery programmes.

While our team is comprised of skilled litigators who repeatedly win jury verdicts in favor of our clients, we appreciate that litigation, and ultimately trial, is not always the best answer. To this end, we offer a broad range of pre-litigation counseling, so that our clients can avoid litigation when possible. We work with each of our clients to achieve the best outcome under the circumstances, in the most prompt and cost-efficient manner.

Case in Point

F. Hoffmann-La Roche v. Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Cooley's litigation team scored a significant victory for client Gilead Sciences, Inc., in arbitration initiated by Hoffmann-La Roche over rights to Gilead's blockbuster hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi. Chairman Steve Neal was recognized in The American Lawyer's "Litigator of the Week" series for spearheading the win. Read more

Related Practices

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.

Litigation Insights for Inside Counsel

Cooley lawyers author six-part series on topics in privacy, class action, and Internet law for Inside Counsel magazine. Read more.

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