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The Legal 500 2018 Recognizes Cooley

Palo Alto – September 7, 2018 – The Legal 500 United States 2018 recognized 22 Cooley practice areas and recommended Cooley as a #1 firm for venture capital and emerging companies and technology transactions. Ten 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. Partners Adam Chase and Adriana Lofaro Wirtz were recognized as next generation lawyers in the technology transactions and tax controversy practice areas, respectively. In total, 85 lawyers were recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2018 editorial.

The following Cooley practices and lawyers were highlighted:

Recommended practice groups

Denotes tier 1 ranking

Antitrust – Merger control
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to corporates
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings – advice to issuers
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings – advice to managers 
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Industry focus – Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation
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 (including venture capital)
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 – Data privacy and data protection
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, Chambers USA also bestowed a national band 1 ranking for Cooley's venture capital and emerging companies practice groups.

Leading lawyers

Keith Berets
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
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
Alexander Lee
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
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

Adam Chase
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Adriana Lofaro Wirtz
Tax – US taxes: contentious

Recommended lawyers

Orion Armon
Intellectual property – Patent litigation: full coverage
Jonathan Bach
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Michael Basile
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Mark Beckett
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
Keith Berets
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Barbara Borden
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Matthew D. Brown
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
Adam Chase
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
William Corcoran
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
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 (including venture capital)
Craig Dauchy
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds (including venture capital)
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Adam Dinow
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Angela Dunning
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
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
Koji Fukumura
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Jim Fulton
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Stephen Gardner
Tax – US taxes: contentious
Todd Gluth
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
Wendy Goldstein
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Shane Goudey
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity (including venture capital)
Jacqueline Grise
Antitrust – Merger control
Div Gupta
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Charles Haley
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Anthony Jannotta
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Eric Jensen
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Adit Khorana
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Charlie Kim
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Barbara Kosacz
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
John Lavoie
Real estate – Land use/zoning
Alexander Lee
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
Jamie Leigh
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Alan Levine
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Jeffrey Libson
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Mike Lincoln
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
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 – Patents: licensing
Robert McDowell
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
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: transactional
Howard Morse
Antitrust – Merger control
Fred Muto
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
David Navetta
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Stephen Neal
Dispute resolution – Leading trial lawyers
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
William O'Connor
Industry focus – Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation
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
David Peinsipp
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Nicole Peppe
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Susan Cooper Philpot
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
Michael Rhodes
Dispute resolution – Leading trial lawyers
Intellectual property – Patent litigation: full coverage
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Sacha Ross
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Adam Ruttenberg
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology: transactions
Randy Sabett
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data protection and privacy)
Robert Sanchez
Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Marc Schildkraut
Antitrust – Merger control
William Schwartz
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Ian Shapiro

Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Jordan Silber Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Geoffrey Starr
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Steve Strauss
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Marc Suskin
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
Scott Talbot
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing
Mark Tanoury
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds (including venture capital)
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Rachel Thorn
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
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
Adriana Lofaro Wirtz
Tax – US taxes: 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 – Patents: licensing 

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Todd Gluth  Partner San Diego
Shane Goudey  Partner Palo Alto
Jacqueline Grise  Partner Washington, DC
Div Gupta  Partner New York
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Eric Jensen  Partner Palo Alto, San Francisco
Charlie Kim  Partner San Diego, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
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Alexander Lee  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
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Alan Levine  Senior Counsel New York
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Mika Reiner Mayer  Partner Palo Alto
Robert M. McDowell  Partner Washington, DC
Laura M. Medina  Partner Colorado
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Fred Muto  Senior Counsel San Diego
David Navetta  Partner Colorado
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William O'Connor  Partner San Diego
Garth Angelo Osterman  Partner San Francisco
Rama Padmanabhan  Partner San Diego
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Steve Tonsfeldt  Partner Palo Alto
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Drew Williamson  Partner San Francisco
Mark Windfeld-Hansen  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
Adriana Wirtz  Partner New York
David Wittenstein  Senior Counsel Washington, DC