Press Release

Cooley Hires Chief Strategy and Legal Practice Officer

Acclaimed law firm group bank executive Jeff Grossman joins Cooley leadership
January 27, 2021

New York – January 27, 2021 – Jeff Grossman has joined Cooley’s executive team as chief strategy and legal practice officer, arriving from Citi, where he was global head of business development and advisory for the bank’s Law Firm Group. During his tenure at Citi, Grossman helped the team grow and innovate the leading law firm banking business in the industry.

In what is a new position in Cooley’s C-suite, Grossman will lead high-level strategic initiatives on behalf of the firm’s executive and leadership teams as the firm continues its global growth across all practice areas. He will apply his wealth of experience and deep roots within the legal industry to advance the firm’s strategic goals and priorities.

“Jeff is a highly respected industry veteran with whom I have worked for many years,” said Joe Conroy, Cooley’s chairman and CEO. “I am thrilled to have the benefit of his trusted counsel at Cooley as we advance on our mission to be one of the great law firms of the next generation.”

“Jeff has unparalleled insight into the issues of finance, competition and strategy related to the world’s leading law firms,” added Lisanne Morales, Cooley’s global chief operating and financial officer. “He will be integral in helping to take this firm’s strategic planning, global operations and financial management to new heights of sophistication and delivery.”

In addition to being well known in the legal industry, Grossman is widely recognized for his expertise in finance and banking. Prior to his time at Citi, he was a managing director at Wells Fargo, where he co-founded and acted as the senior director of banking for the bank’s Legal Specialty Group, which grew to have the second-largest market share in the industry under his 15-year leadership. His remit there included managing banking, credit and the advisory services, which produced regular surveys for a majority of the top 200 law firms. He has consulted with most of the Am Law 100 leadership teams over many years and has built up a formidable reputation in the industry.

“Cooley was an inevitable destination for me,” said Grossman. “From all of my experience working with the world’s leading law firms, this exceptional firm stands out for its innovative approach to business and the law and to all it is doing to best position itself for future generations of distinctive success. I am excited to help guide this great institution to the next level.”

Cooley is one of the world’s fastest growing global law firms, preeminent in the technology and life sciences industries, as well as in the venture capital and investment banking industries that help to build and protect such success. Earlier this month, The American Lawyer named Cooley’s corporate department the tech practice of the year.

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