Michael Platt, Partner in Charge, Colorado

Michael L. Platt is a partner in the Cooley Business department specializing in the representation of emerging growth companies and the investors that support them. He is Partner-in-Charge of the Colorado office and serves on the Firm's Pro Bono and Marketing Committees.

His experience in the representation of emerging companies ranges from start-up incorporation and counseling to day-to-day representation of public companies. He has assisted his clients with venture capital and private equity financings, technology and licensing matters, public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, corporate partnering and other strategic relationships, and employee benefit and equity ownership plans. Mr. Platt counsels companies operating in a variety of industries, including computer hardware and software, clean technology, communications, biotechnology, and medical devices. He has received recognition from The Best Lawyers in America for Venture Capital Law, Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law, and Corporate Law. He has also been recognized as a leading lawyer in the 2015 US edition Legal 500 for M&A/Corporate and Commercial - Venture Capital and Emerging Companies.

As counsel to investors, Mr. Platt has assisted clients with public offerings, managed private placements, venture capital and private equity financings and general securities law compliance matters such as venture fund distributions and other securities matters.

Mr. Platt received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was elected Order of the Coif. Mr. Platt is a native of Colorado and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. He received an undergraduate degree in Business at CU where he was awarded the College of Business Dean's Undergraduate Leadership award and was elected Beta Gamma Sigma.

Mr. Platt is admitted to practice before the Colorado and California bars.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    JD, Order of the Coif
  • University of Colorado at Boulder
    BS Business, Beta Gamma Sigma

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Colorado


  • Colorado Bar Association
  • State Bar of California

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