Cooley LLP Website Legal Notices + Terms of Use

Important: Please read these Legal Notices and Terms of Use (these “Notices and Terms”) carefully before accessing this website.

These Notices and Terms create a legal agreement between you (“You”) and Cooley LLP (“Cooley”) that governs: (1) the information of Cooley (the “Information”) made available through this website; (2) the nature of the relationship between You and Cooley; (3) certain other matters of professional responsibility; (4) Cooley’s use of Your information gathered by it through this website; and (5) Your use of this website, related systems, and the Information (collectively, the “Cooley Site”). By accessing any portion of the Cooley Site, You are indicating that You have read and understood, and that You assent to be bound by, these Notices and Terms, which may be amended from time to time by Cooley pursuant to the terms herein. If You do not agree to these Notices and Terms, You are not permitted to access the Cooley Site.

1. No legal advice

The Information is made available for general informational purposes only, and is not intended to constitute specific legal advice or to be a substitute for advice from qualified counsel. Without limiting the foregoing, the Information may not reflect recent developments in the law, may not be complete, and may not be accurate in or applicable to Your jurisdiction. Because the Information is general in nature and may not pertain to Your specific circumstances, You should not act or refrain from acting based on any Information without first obtaining advice from professional counsel qualified in the applicable subject matter and jurisdictions.

2. No attorney-client relationship

Cooley has a policy of entering into attorney-client relationships with its clients only in accordance with certain procedures which include executing an engagement letter and addressing professional responsibility conflicts as required by the Bar Associations of the states in which Cooley maintains offices. You agree that Your access of the Cooley Site or receipt of the Information, or Your transmission of electronic mail to addresses on the Cooley Site, does not create an attorney-client relationship between You and Cooley.

3. Other matters of professional responsibility

3.1 No Advertising or Solicitation. The Cooley Site is not intended to be an advertisement or solicitation, but may be deemed an advertisement in certain jurisdictions.

3.2 Sensitive Communications. You agree that electronic mail sent by You to Cooley will not be treated as confidential or invoke an attorney-client privilege; provided, however, that if You are an existing client of Cooley and You send an electronic mail to Cooley pertaining to a matter in which Cooley then represents You, such electronic mail may be entitled to be treated as confidential or privileged. Notwithstanding the foregoing, You acknowledge that electronic mail and the Internet are generally insecure media of communication, and Cooley cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any electronic mail sent to or received by it or any information submitted by You to Cooley through the Cooley Site.

3.3 Authorized Jurisdictions; Certifications. While Cooley practices law in the jurisdictions in which its offices are located as well as other jurisdictions, each Cooley attorney is licensed to practice only in those jurisdictions set forth in that attorney’s biography on the Cooley Site. Except as specifically stated, each Cooley attorney is not certified (including as a specialist) by any professional or government authority. The listing of Cooley attorneys in practice groups is not intended to indicate any professional or governmental certification.

3.4 Principal Office; Responsible Attorney. To the extent the requirements of the Bar Association in Your jurisdiction require such designation: Cooley’s principal office is its Palo Alto office. Cooley’s responsible attorney for the Cooley Site is Michael Stern for its offices in California, James Linfield for its offices in Colorado, Adam Ruttenberg for its offices in Virginia and Washington, DC, and Celia Barenholtz for its offices in New York.

3.5 No Warranty of Results. The Information may contain descriptions of matters in which Cooley successfully represented its clients. The results of these matters were dependent on their specific circumstances, and are in no way intended to be predictive of future results, even in similar circumstances, or offer any type of guarantee or assurance of outcome. Information pertaining to Cooley clients may not reflect the opinions such clients.

4. Privacy 

With respect to information submitted or collected on the Cooley Site, You accept Cooley’s privacy policy as set forth in this Section 4. This Section 4 does not pertain to, and Cooley is not responsible for the privacy practices of, any third party websites to which the Cooley Site hyperlinks. Certain areas of the Cooley Site may be subject to additional privacy-related provisions, links to which will be posted in those areas.

4.1 Activity Logging. When You use the Cooley Site, which may be hosted in part or its entirety by a third party, the Cooley Site will collect information indirectly and automatically (through, for example, the use of “cookies” or Your “IP address”) about Your activities. Cooley uses this activity information (the “Activity Information”) for internal purposes such as to administer the Cooley Site, improve the Cooley Site, and help Cooley understand how the Cooley Site is being used including the demographics and “clickstreams” of its visitors. “Cookies” are small pieces of information stored on Your hard drive, not on the Cooley Site. You are always free to decline cookies if Your browser permits, but in that case, some portions of the Cooley Site may not operate properly. An “IP address” is a number that is automatically assigned to Your computer when You use the Internet.

4.2 Personally Identifiable Information. The Cooley Site is designed so that You may generally browse it without providing any Personally Identifiable Information (defined below). Certain areas of the Cooley Site, however, may require or allow the voluntarily submission of Personally Identifiable Information (for example, registration to receive Cooley publications). Cooley uses Your Personally Identifiable Information for the purposes for which it was submitted by You to Cooley and for Cooley to send you publications and invitations that may be of interest to you. Except as otherwise set forth in this Section 4, Cooley does not share Your Personally Identifiable Information with third parties. “Personally Identifiable 402073 v4/HN 3 Information” means information that would allow someone to identify or contact You, such as Your name, physical or electronic mail address, and telephone number; provided, however, that Personally Identifiable Information does not include aggregated information that, by itself, does not permit the identification of individual persons and does not include the Activity Information.

4.3 Removal of Personally Identifiable Information. Cooley will use reasonable efforts to remove Your Personally Identifiable Information from our then current Cooley Site at any time upon Your written request to webmaster@cooley.com. Such removal of Personally Identifiable Information will not ensure the permanent removal of such Personally Identifiable Information from the Cooley Site. For example, such Personally Identifiable Information may remain in Cooley’s archival or backup copies of the Cooley Site.

4.4 Additional Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information. Cooley may share Personally Identifiable Information with third parties, including affiliated firms and third parties performing services for or on behalf of Cooley. Such services may include communications, database, event management, hosting, mailing, and marketing services. Additionally, Cooley cannot fully ensure that Your Personally Identifiable Information will not be disclosed to third parties. For example, Cooley may be legally obligated to disclose information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, third parties may circumvent Cooley’s security measures to unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications, or an error may occur in the administration of the Cooley Site. In the unlikely event that Cooley needs to investigate or resolve possible problems or inquiries, Cooley may, and You authorize Cooley to, disclose any information about You to government officials as permitted by applicable law.

4.5 Miscellaneous Privacy Terms. Cooley has implemented and follows appropriate technical measures to protect against the risks of unauthorized access to, erroneous disclosure of, and unlawful interception of Personally Identifiable Information. You should know, however, that Cooley cannot fully eliminate such risks. Cooley hopes this Section 4 clarifies Cooley’s procedures regarding its collection, use and disclosure of Your information including Personally Identifiable Information. From time to time, Cooley may modify this Section 4. Such modifications will be effective on the date that Cooley posts the modified statement to the Cooley Site. Questions or concerns regarding the privacy policy in this Section 4 may be submitted to webmaster@cooley.com.

5. General terms of use

5.1 Prohibited Uses. You will not use the Cooley Site in violation of any applicable law. Without limiting the foregoing, You will not use the Cooley Site in connection with (a) the infringement of intellectual property rights including Cooley’s rights in its marks and its articles and alerts; (b) the unauthorized transmission of unsolicited commercial electronic mail; (c) the transmission of defamatory materials; or (d) fraud. You will not violate, attempt to violate, or knowingly facilitate the violation of the security (including access control or authentication systems) or integrity of the Cooley Site.

5.2 Copyright in Information. The Cooley Site including the Information is protected by United States and international copyright laws. All rights are reserved. Subject to the terms of these Notices and Terms, Cooley grants to You a limited, nonexclusive, personal license to access, view, download and print the Information solely for noncommercial and informational purposes. You may not modify the Information in any way and You may not remove or obscure any copyright or permission notices provided on or in connection with the Information. Cooley does not grant to You any rights in its marks. You are free to hyperlink to any page in the publicly available pages of the Cooley Site; provided, however, that You agree to remove any such hyperlink upon Cooley’s written request.

5.3 Electronic Mail. Subject to Section 5.1, You may send electronic mail to those addresses made available on the Cooley Site for the purposes of requesting alerts or other news notification services, submitting voluntary survey responses, responding to or making inquiries regarding Cooley events, requesting information regarding Cooley or legal or other services offered by Cooley, and inquiring about employment opportunities. You agree to cease sending electronic mail to any Cooley address upon Cooley’s request.

5.4 No Warranties. The Cooley Site is provided to you "as is." Your access and use of the Cooley Site is at your own risk. To the extent permitted by the law and rules of professional responsibility in the applicable jurisdiction, Cooley disclaims all conditions, representations and warranties, express, implied, statutory or otherwise, including any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, title, accuracy of informational content, system integration, non-infringement of third party rights, quiet enjoyment, and uninterrupted or error free operation.

5.5 Disclaimer of Liability. To the extent permitted by the law and rules of professional responsibility in the applicable jurisdiction, Cooley disclaims liability for any lost profits or income, lost business, or lost data, or for any consequential, indirect, exemplary, punitive, special, or incidental damages arising from or relating to the Cooley Site.

5.6 Third Party Information. Cooley may hyperlink to or otherwise make third party information available on the Cooley Site. This is done solely for the purposes of convenience. Cooley does not endorse or approve of any such third party information or such third parties.

5.7 Miscellaneous. You agree that any dispute arising out of or in connection with the Cooley Site or these Notices and Terms will be governed by the laws of the State of California without reference to conflict of laws principles that would require the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction, and You submit to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the state and federal courts located in San Francisco County, California. In the event that You gain access to information not intended to be accessed by You, You agree that You will immediately notify Cooley and lawfully destroy all copies of such information in Your possession. Cooley may be contacted at webmaster@cooley.com.