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Legal 500 US 2019 Highlights Cooley

Palo Alto – August 29, 2019 – The Legal 500 United States 2019 recognized 25 Cooley practice areas and recommended Cooley as a #1 firm for venture capital and emerging companies and technology transactions. Eleven 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 Ben Beerle, David Navetta, David Peinsipp and Adriana Lofaro Wirtz were recognized as next generation lawyers in the M&A, cyber law, capital markets and tax areas, respectively. In total, 83 lawyers were recommended in The Legal 500 United States 2019 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
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense: advice to individuals
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
Dispute resolution – Leading trial lawyers
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
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing 
Intellectual property – Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Intellectual property – Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) 
Intellectual property – Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
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 privacy and data protection)
Media, technology and telecoms – Data privacy and data protection
Media, technology and telecoms – Fintech
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 April, Chambers USA also bestowed a national band 1 ranking for Cooley's venture capital and emerging companies practice groups and life sciences. 

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 lawyers
Michael Rhodes
Dispute resolution – Leading trial lawyers
Adam Ruttenberg
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology transactions
Mark Tanoury 
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies

Next generation lawyers

Ben Beerle M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
David Navetta  Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
David Peinsipp Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings 
Adriana Lofaro Wirtz  Tax – US taxes: contentious

Mentioned 

Celia Goldwag Barenholtz
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Matthew 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
Meredith Beuchaw M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) 
Mark Beckett
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
Matthew D. Brown
Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
Alfred Browne M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Media, technology and telecoms – Fintech
Christy Burrow Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Luke Cadigan  Dispute Resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Media, technology and telecoms – Fintech
Adam Chase
Media, technology and telecoms – Technology transactions
William Corcoran
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
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)
Michelle Doolin Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
John Dwyer
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Ivor Elrifi
Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing 
Intellectual property – Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Mike Faber Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
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
Bobby Ghajar  Intellectual property – Trademarks: litigation
Stephen Gardner Tax – US taxes: contentious
Patrick Gibbs Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
Colleen Gillis Real estate – Land use/zoning
Todd Gluth Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
TJ Graham Media, technology and telecoms – Technology transactions
Jacqueline Grise Antitrust – Merger control
Div Gupta Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Ron Hopkinson M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Brendan Hughes Intellectual property – Trademarks: litigation
Eric Jensen Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Kenneth Juster  Media, technology and telecoms – Fintech
Heidi Keefe Intellectual property – Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Charlie Kim Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
Jonie Kondracki Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings
John Lavoie
Real estate – Land use/zoning
Travis LeBlanc Media, technology and telecoms – Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
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
Mike Lincoln M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Mark Looney Real estate – Land use/zoning
Mika Reiner Mayer
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing
Intellectual property – Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings
Robert McDowell
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Chadwick Mills Finance – Capital markets: equity offerings 
Kevin Mills
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Patrick Mitchell  M&A/corporate and commercial – Venture capital and emerging companies
Howard Morse Antitrust  – Merger control
Kathleen Pakenham
Tax – US taxes: contentious
Nicole Peppe
Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Jill Parks Real estate – Land use/zoning
Susan Cooper Philpot
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
Jason Rademacher Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Michelle Rhyu Intellectual property – Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria
Dispute resolution – Securities litigation: defense
William Schwartz
Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
Ian Shapiro Dispute resolution – Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense
Dispute resolution – General commercial disputes
Intellectual property – Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Michael Sheetz Intellectual property – Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
Jordan Silber Investment fund formation and management – Private equity funds (including venture capital)
Stephen Smith Intellectual property – Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Scott Talbot
Intellectual property – Patents: licensing
Rachel Thorn
Dispute resolution – International arbitration
Steven Tonsfeldt
M&A/corporate and commercial – M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Mark Weeks Industry focus – Healthcare: life sciences
Mark Weinstein Intellectual property – Patents: litigation (full coverage)
Mark Winfeld-Hansen
Tax – US taxes: non-contentious
David Wittenstein
Media, technology and telecoms – Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory

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Related Contacts
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz  Retired Partner New York
Matthew Bartus  Partner San Francisco, Singapore, Palo Alto
Michael Basile  Partner Washington, DC
Ben Beerle  Partner San Francisco
Keith Berets  Partner Colorado
Barbara Borden  Partner San Diego
Matthew D. Brown  Partner San Francisco
Alfred Browne  Partner Boston
Christy Burrow  Special Counsel Washington, DC
Luke Cadigan  Partner Boston
Adam Chase  Partner Washington, DC
William Corcoran  Partner Boston
John Crittenden  Retired Partner San Francisco
John Dado  Partner Palo Alto
Michelle Doolin  Partner San Diego
John C. Dwyer  Partner Palo Alto
Ivor Elrifi  Partner New York, Boston
Mike Faber  Retired Partner San Francisco
John Feore  Senior Counsel Washington, DC
Koji Fukumura  Partner San Diego
Jim Fulton  Partner New York
Stephen Gardner  Retired Partner
Bobby Ghajar  Partner Los Angeles
Patrick Gibbs  Partner Palo Alto
Colleen Gillis  Partner Reston
Todd Gluth  Partner San Diego
TJ Graham  Partner Palo Alto
Jacqueline Grise  Partner Washington, DC
Div Gupta  Partner New York
Brendan Hughes  Partner Washington, DC
Eric Jensen  Partner Palo Alto, San Francisco
Heidi Keefe  Partner Palo Alto
Charlie Kim  Partner San Diego, Los Angeles
Jonie Kondracki  Partner San Francisco
Barbara Kosacz  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
John Lavoie  Partner in Charge – Reston Reston
Alexander Lee  Partner Los Angeles
Jamie Leigh  Partner San Francisco
Travis LeBlanc  Partner Washington, DC, San Francisco
Alan Levine  Senior Counsel New York
Mike Lincoln  Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
Mark Looney  Partner Reston
Mika Reiner Mayer  Partner Palo Alto
Robert M. McDowell  Partner Washington, DC
Chadwick Mills  Partner San Francisco
Kevin Mills  Senior Counsel Washington, DC
Pat Mitchell  Partner Boston, New York
Howard Morse  Partner Washington, DC
Fred Muto  Senior Counsel San Diego
David Navetta  Partner Colorado
Stephen Neal  Chairman Emeritus Palo Alto
Kathleen Pakenham  Business Department Chair New York
David Peinsipp  Partner San Francisco, Palo Alto
Nicole Peppe  Partner Boston
Susan Cooper Philpot  Retired Partner San Francisco
Jason Rademacher  Special Counsel Washington, DC
Michael Rhodes  Partner San Francisco
Michelle Rhyu  Partner Palo Alto
Adam Ruttenberg  Partner Washington, DC, Reston
William Schwartz  Partner New York
Ian Shapiro  Partner New York
Michael Sheetz  Partner Boston
Jordan Silber  Partner San Francisco, Shanghai
Stephen Smith  Partner Washington, DC, Reston
Scott Talbot  Partner Reston
Mark Tanoury  Partner Palo Alto
Rachel Thorn  Partner New York
Steve Tonsfeldt  Partner Palo Alto
Mark Weeks  Partner Palo Alto
Mark Weinstein  Partner Palo Alto
Mark Windfeld-Hansen  Senior Counsel Palo Alto
Adriana Wirtz  Partner New York
David Wittenstein  Senior Counsel Washington, DC