The Legal 500 2017 Recognizes Cooley

Palo Alto – June 7, 2017 – The Legal 500 United States 2017 recognized 22 Cooley practice areas and recommended Cooley as a #1 firm for venture capital and emerging companies and technology transactions. Eight attorneys were recognized as leading lawyers in their respective fields and firm chairman Stephen Neal and partner Michael Rhodes were singled out as leading trial lawyers. Partner Adam Chase and associate David Bartholomew were recognized as next generation lawyers in the venture capital and emerging companies and technology transactions practice areas, respectively. In total, 85 lawyers were recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2017 editorial.

The following Cooley practices and lawyers were highlighted:

Recommended practice groups

Denotes Band 1 ranking

Antitrust – Merger control
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings – advice to issuers
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings – advice to underwriters 
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Industry focus – Sport 
Intellectual property – Patent litigation: full coverage
Intellectual property – Patent: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) 
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing 
Intellectual property – Trademarks: litigation
Intellectual property – Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy) – Data protection and data breach response
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Real estate – Land use/zoning
Tax – US taxes: contentious
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious

In May 2017, Cooley also received a national band 1 ranking by Chambers USA for its venture capital and startups and emerging companies practice groups.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Borden
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
John Crittenden
Intellectual Property – Trademarks: litigation 
Jim Fulton
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Barbara Kosacz
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Fred Muto
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Stephen Neal
Dispute resolution – Leading trial lawyer 
Michael Rhodes
Dispute resolution – Leading trial lawyer
Adam Ruttenberg
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Randy Sabett
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Mark Tanoury 
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies

Next generation lawyers

David Bartholomew
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Adam Chase
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions

Recommended lawyers

Orion Armon
Intellectual property – Patent litigation: full coverage
Michael Attanasio
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Jonathan Bach
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
David Bartholomew
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Matt Bartus
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Michael Basile
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Keith Berets 
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Laura Berezin
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Barbara Borden
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Jim Brogan
Intellectual property – Patent litigation: full coverage
Matthew Brown 
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Alfred Browne
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Peter Burns
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Antonio Calabrese
Real estate – Land use/zoning
Adam Chase 
Industry focus – Sport
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Carolyn Craig
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
John Crittenden
Intellectual property – Trademarks: litigation
Intellectual property – Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Janet Cullum
Intellectual property – Trademarks: litigation
Intellectual property – Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
John Dado
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
Craig Dauchy
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
Manya Deehr
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
John Dwyer
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Ivor Elrifi
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Intellectual property – Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing 
John Feore 
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Francis Fryscak
Antitrust – Merger control
Jim Fulton 
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Stephen Gardner
Tax – US taxes: contentious
Bobby Ghajar
Intellectual property – Trademarks: litigation
Todd Gluth
Tax – US taxes: contentious
Wendy Goldstein
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Jacqueline Grise
Antitrust – Merger control
Thomas Hopkins
Industry focus – Sport
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Ron Hopkinson
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Eric Jensen
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Charlie Kim
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Barbara Kosacz
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Robin Lee
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Jamie Leigh
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Alan Levine
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Jeffrey Libson
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Mike Lincoln
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Mark Looney
Real estate – Land use/zoning
Mika Reiner Mayer
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Intellectual property – Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing
Robert McDowell
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
John McKenna
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Laura Medina
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Craig Menden
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Kevin Mills
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Pat Mitchell
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Howard Morse
Antitrust – Merger control
Fred Muto
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Jeremy Naylor
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
Stephen Neal
Dispute resolution – Leading trial lawyers
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Ian O’Donnell
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
Garth Osterman
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Rama Padmanabhan
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Kathleen Pakenham
Tax – US taxes: contentious
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
David Peinsipp
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Nicole Peppe
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
Frank Rahmani
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Michael Rhodes
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Industry focus – Sport
Intellectual property – Patent litigation: full coverage
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Lyle Roberts
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Adam Ruttenberg
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Randy Sabett
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Marc Schildkraut
Antitrust – Merger control
William Schwartz
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Eric Schwartzman
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Ian Shapiro

Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Michael Sheetz
Industry focus – Sport
Jordan Silber Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds
Geoffrey Starr
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Steve Strauss
Industry focus – Sport
Scott Talbot
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing
Mark Tanoury
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Joe Teja
Intellectual property – Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Steven Tonsfeldt
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Michael Tuscan
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Andrew Williamson
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Peter Willsey
Intellectual property – Trademarks: litigation
Intellectual property – Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Mark Winfeld-Hansen
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
David Wittenstein
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Nan Wu
Intellectual property – Patent: prosecution (including reexamination and post-grant proceedings)
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing 
Dave Young
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies

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Barbara Borden Partner, San Diego
John Crittenden Partner, San Francisco
Jim Fulton Partner, New York
Barbara Kosacz Partner, Palo Alto
Fred Muto Partner, San Diego
Stephen Neal Chairman, Palo Alto
Michael Rhodes Partner, San Francisco
Adam Ruttenberg Partner, Washington, DC
Randy Sabett Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Mark Tanoury Partner, Palo Alto
David Bartholomew Associate, Washington, DC
Adam Chase Partner, Washington, DC
Orion Armon Partner, Colorado
Michael Attanasio Litigation Department Chair, San Diego
Jonathan Bach Partner in Charge - New York
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz Partner, New York
Matthew Bartus Partner, Palo Alto
Michael Basile Partner, Washington, DC
Keith Berets Partner, Colorado
Laura Berezin Partner, Palo Alto
Jim Brogan Partner, Colorado
Matthew D. Brown Partner, San Francisco
Alfred Browne Partner, Boston
Peter Burns Partner, Palo Alto
Antonio Calabrese Partner, Reston
Carolyn Craig Retired Partner, Palo Alto
John Crittenden Partner, San Francisco
Janet Cullum Partner, New York
John C. Dwyer Partner in Charge - Palo Alto
Ivor Elrifi Partner, New York
John Feore Senior Counsel, Washington, DC
Francis Fryscak Partner, Palo Alto
Stephen Gardner Senior Counsel, New York
Bobby Ghajar Partner, Los Angeles
Todd Gluth Partner, San Diego
Wendy Goldstein Partner, New York
Jacqueline Grise Partner, Washington, DC
C. Thomas Hopkins Partner in Charge - Los Angeles
Ron Hopkinson Partner, New York
Eric Jensen Partner, Palo Alto
Charlie Kim Partner, San Diego
Robin K. Lee Paralegal Specialist, Colorado
Jamie Leigh Partner, San Francisco
Alan Levine Partner, New York
Jeffrey Libson Partner, Princeton
Mike Lincoln Business Department Chair, Reston
Mark Looney Partner, Reston
Mika Reiner Mayer Partner, Palo Alto
Robert M. McDowell Partner, Washington, DC
John McKenna Partner, Palo Alto
Laura Medina Partner, Colorado
Craig Menden Partner, Palo Alto
Kevin Mills Partner, Washington, DC
Pat Mitchell Partner, Boston
Howard Morse Partner, Washington, DC
Fred Muto Partner, San Diego
Jeremy Naylor Partner, New York
Stephen Neal Chairman, Palo Alto
Garth Osterman Partner, San Francisco
Rama Padmanabhan Partner, San Diego
Kathleen Pakenham Partner, New York
David Peinsipp Partner, San Francisco
Frank Rahmani Partner, Palo Alto
Lyle Roberts Partner, Washington, DC
Randy Sabett Special Counsel, Washington, DC
Marc G. Schildkraut Partner, Washington, DC
William Schwartz Partner, New York
Eric Schwartzman Partner, San Francisco
Ian Shapiro Partner, New York
Michael Sheetz Partner, Boston
Steve Strauss Partner, San Diego
Scott Talbot Partner, Reston
Mark Tanoury Partner, Palo Alto
Joe Teja Partner, Boston
Steve Tonsfeldt Partner, Palo Alto
Michael Tuscan Partner in Charge - Washington, DC
Drew Williamson Partner, San Francisco
Peter Willsey Partner, Washington, DC
Mark Windfeld-Hansen Partner, Palo Alto
Nan Wu Partner, San Francisco
Dave Young Partner, Los Angeles