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Chambers USA 2021 Recognizes Cooley Lawyers + Practices

Palo Alto – May 28, 2021 – Chambers USA 2021 recognized 111 Cooley lawyers as leaders in their respective fields. Twelve Cooley practices received a Band 1 ranking, with 38 practices recognized as national or regional leaders – nine of which were ranked across multiple regions. Eleven lawyers received one or more Band 1 rankings.

The following is a complete list of Cooley's Chambers USA rankings for 2021:

Leading practices

Nationwide
Capital Markets: Equity: Issuer
Capital Markets: Equity: Manager
Corporate/M&A: Highly Regarded
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration: Highly Regarded
Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation
Life Sciences
Privacy & Data Security: The Elite
Private Equity: Fund Formation
Securities: Litigation
Startups & Emerging Companies
Tax: Controversy

California
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation
Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets
IT & Outsourcing: Transactions
Life Sciences
Litigation: General Commercial
Litigation: General Commercial: The Elite
Litigation: Securities
Technology Transactions
Venture Capital

California: Los Angeles & Surrounds
Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

California: San Diego
Corporate/M&A
Litigation: General Commercial

California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds
Corporate/M&A
Corporate/M&A: The Elite

Colorado
Corporate/M&A
Intellectual Property

District of Columbia
Antitrust
Corporate/M&A Private Equity
Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution
Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded
Media & Entertainment: Regulatory
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite

Massachusetts
Capital Markets
Corporate/M&A
Intellectual Property
Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment
Technology

New York
Litigation: General Commercial: Highly Regarded
Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations: Highly Regarded

Northern Virginia
Corporate/M&A
Intellectual Property
Real Estate
Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use

Virginia
Litigation: General Commercial

Washington
Corporate/Commercial
Corporate/M&A

Ranked Practitioners

Denotes Band 1 ranking

Mazda Antia Litigation: General Commercial (California: San Diego)
Orion Armon Intellectual Property (Colorado)
Michael Attanasio Litigation: General Commercial (California: San Diego)
Jon Avina Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
Michael Basile Media & Entertainment: Regulatory (District of Columbia)
Mark Beckett International Arbitration (Nationwide)
Ben Beerle Corporate/M&A (California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds)
Laura Berezin Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Aaron Binstock Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (District of Columbia)
Eric Blanchard Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States (Nationwide)
Barbara Borden Corporate/M&A (California: San Diego)
Nicole Brookshire Capital Markets (Massachusetts)
Alfred Browne Corporate/M&A (Massachusetts)
Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment (Massachusetts)
Gina Cavalier Healthcare (California)
Kay Chandler Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Bill Christiansen Intellectual Property (Washington)
John Clendenin
Venture Capital: Fund Formation(California)
Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Michael Coburn Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory (New York)
Thomas Coll Corporate/M&A (California: San Diego)
Derek Colla Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (District of Columbia)
John Dado Venture Capital: Fund Formation(California)
Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)

Craig Dauchy

Venture Capital: Fund Formation (California)
Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
John Dwyer Litigation: Securities (California)
Ivor Elrifi Intellectual Property: Patent (New York)
Sonya Erickson Corporate/Commercial (Washington)
Corporate/M&A (Washington)
John Feore Media & Entertainment: Regulatory (District of Columbia)
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (District of Columbia)
Koji Fukumura Litigation: Securities (California)
Stephen Gardner Tax: Controversy (Nationwide)
Patrick Gibbs Litigation: Securities (California)
Colleen Gillis Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Virginia: Northern)
Todd Gluth Tax (California: Southern)
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz Litigation: General Commercial (New York)
Shane Goudey Venture Capital: Fund Formation (California)
Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Jacqueline Grise Antitrust (District of Columbia)
Div Gupta Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Eastern United States (Nationwide)
Chris Holly Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution (District of Columbia)
Lila Hope Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Christopher Hutter Intellectual Property (Virginia: Northern)
Craig Jacoby Venture Capital (California)
Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
Eric Jensen Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
Venture Capital (California)
Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
Robert Jones Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (Nationwide)
Heidi Keefe Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (California)
Intellectual Property (Nationwide)
Jason Kent Corporate/M&A (California: San Diego)
Adit Khorana Technology: Transactions (California)
Charlie Kim Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
Chris Kimball International Trade: CFIUS Experts (Nationwide)
Kevin King International Trade: Export Controls & Economic Sanctions (Nationwide)
Jonie Kondracki Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)

John Lavoie Real Estate (Virginia: Northern)
Travis LeBlanc Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide)
Alexander Lee Tax (California: Southern)
Randall Lee Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (California)
Jamie Leigh Corporate/M&A (California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds)
Alan Levine Litigation: General Commercial (New York)
Elizabeth Lewis Labor & Employment (Virginia)
Jeffery Libson Corporate/M&A (New Jersey)
Michael Lincoln Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
Corporate/M&A (Virginia: Northern)
James Linfield Corporate/M&A (Colorado)
Douglas Lobel Litigation: General Commercial (Virginia)
Mark Looney Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Virginia: Northern)
Andrew Lustig Corporate/M&A (Virginia: Northern)
Mischi a Marca Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Convertible Debt (Nationwide)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
Blake Martell Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds)
Mika Reiner Mayer Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution (California)
Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation (California)
Robert McDowell Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (District of Columbia)
Erik Milch Intellectual Property (Virginia: Northern)
Barbara Mirza Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation (California: Los Angeles & Surrounds)
Patrick Mitchell Private Equity: Venture Capital Investment (Massachusetts)
Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
Howard Morse Antitrust (District of Columbia)
Fred Muto Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Venture Capital (California)
Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
David Navetta Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide)
Privacy & Data Security: Incident Response (Nationwide)
Stephen Neal Litigation: General Commercial (California)
William O'Connor Transportation: Aviation: Litigation (Nationwide)
Sarah Oliai International Trade: CFIUS Experts (Nationwide)
Kathleen Pakenham Tax: Controversy (Nationwide)
Matthew Pavao Intellectual Property (Massachusetts)
David Peinsipp Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
Nicole Peppe Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Frank Pietrantonio Intellectual Property (Virginia: Northern)
Michael Platt Corporate/M&A (Colorado)
Obrea Poindexter Financial Services Regulation: Consumer Finance (Compliance) (Nationwide)
Marya Postner Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)

Rachel Proffitt

Venture Capital (California)
Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
Marc Recht Capital Markets (Massachusetts)
Michael Rhodes Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation (California)
Litigation: General Commercial (California)
Privacy & Data Security: Litigation (Nationwide)
John Robertson Corporate/Commercial (Washington)
Corporate/M&A (Washington)
Sacha Ross Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
Randy Sabett Privacy & Data Security (Nationwide)
Diane Savage IT & Outsourcing: Transactions (California)
Technology: Transactions (California)
William Schwartz Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (New York)
Richard Segal Capital Markets (Massachusetts)
Michael Sheetz Litigation: General Commercial (Massachusetts)

Jordan Silber

Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Venture Capital: Fund Formation (Nationwide)
Brent Siler Corporate/M&A (Virginia: Northern)
Steve Strauss Litigation: General Commercial (California: San Diego)

Marc Suskin

International Arbitration (Nationwide)
International Arbitration: Counsel (Nationwide)
Scott Talbot Intellectual Property (Virginia: Northern)

Mark Tanoury

Venture Capital (California)
Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)
Rachel Thorn International Arbitration: Counsel (Nationwide)
Steven Tonsfeldt Corporate/M&A (California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds)
Christina Trotta Roupas REITs (Nationwide)
Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria Litigation: Securities (California)

Kristin VanderPas

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
Ryan Vann Labor & Employment (Illinois)
Miguel Vega Corporate/M&A (Massachusetts)
David Vogel Litigation: General Commercial (Virginia)
Mark Weeks Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Francis Wheeler Corporate/M&A (Colorado)

Andrew Williamson

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)

Denny Won

Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
David Young Venture Capital (California)
Startups & Emerging Companies (Nationwide)

Up and coming

Ben Beerle
Corporate/M&A (California: San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Surrounds)
Aaron Binstock
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (District of Columbia)
Derek Colla
Corporate/M&A & Private Equity (District of Columbia)
Chris Holly Intellectual Property: Patent Prosecution (District of Columbia)
Jonie Kondracki Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)
Kristin VanderPas Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)

Senior statespeople

John Feore
Media & Entertainment: Regulatory (District of Columbia)
Telecom, Broadcast & Satellite (District of Columbia)
Stephen Gardner Tax: Controversy (USA - Nationwide)
Robert Jones Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (Nationwide)
James Linfield Corporate/M&A (Colorado)
Fred Muto Life Sciences: Corporate/Commercial (California)
Diane Savage Technology: Transactions (California)
Francis Wheeler Corporate/M&A (Colorado)

Associates to watch

Michael Coburn
Insurance: Transactional & Regulatory (New York)
Sarah Oliai International Trade: CFIUS Experts (Nationwide)
Denny Won Capital Markets: Debt & Equity (California)
Capital Markets: Debt & Equity: Western United States (Nationwide)

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Related Contacts
Mazda Antia  Partner San Diego, Los Angeles – Downtown
Orion Armon  Partner Colorado
Michael Attanasio  Litigation Department Chair San Diego
Jon Avina  Partner Palo Alto
Michael Basile  Partner Washington, DC
Ben Beerle  Partner San Francisco
Laura Berezin  Partner Palo Alto
Aaron Binstock  Partner Washington, DC
Eric Blanchard  Partner New York
Barbara Borden  Partner San Diego
Alfred Browne  Partner Boston
Gina Cavalier  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Washington, DC
Kay Chandler  Partner San Diego
Bill Christiansen  Partner Seattle
John Clendenin  Partner Palo Alto
Michael Coburn  Associate New York
Tom Coll  Partner San Diego
Derek Colla  Partner Washington, DC
John Dado  Partner Palo Alto
Craig Dauchy  Retired Partner Palo Alto
John C. Dwyer  Partner Palo Alto
Ivor Elrifi  Partner New York, Boston
Sonya Erickson  Partner Seattle
John Feore  Senior Counsel Washington, DC
Koji Fukumura  Partner San Diego
Stephen Gardner  Retired Partner
Patrick Gibbs  Partner Palo Alto
Colleen Gillis  Partner Reston
Todd Gluth  Partner San Diego
Celia Goldwag Barenholtz  Retired Partner New York
Shane Goudey  Partner Palo Alto
Jacqueline Grise  Partner Washington, DC
Div Gupta  Partner New York
Chris Holly  Partner Washington, DC
Lila Hope  Partner Palo Alto
Christopher Hutter  Partner Reston
Craig Jacoby  Partner San Francisco
Eric Jensen  Partner Palo Alto, San Francisco
Robert L. Jones  Partner Palo Alto
Heidi Keefe  Partner Palo Alto
Jason Kent  Partner New York
Charlie Kim  Partner San Diego, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
Christopher Kimball  Partner Washington, DC
Kevin King  Partner Washington, DC
Jonie Ing Kondracki  Partner San Francisco
John Lavoie  Partner in Charge – Reston Reston
Travis LeBlanc  Partner Washington, DC, San Francisco
Alexander Lee  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
Randall R. Lee  Partner Los Angeles – Downtown, Los Angeles – Santa Monica
Jamie Leigh  Partner San Francisco
Alan Levine  Senior Counsel New York
Elizabeth Lewis  Senior Counsel Washington, DC, Reston
Mike Lincoln  Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
James Linfield  Senior Counsel Colorado
Douglas P. Lobel  Retired Partner Reston
Mark Looney  Partner Reston
Andrew Lustig  Partner Reston
Mischi a Marca  Partner San Francisco
Blake Martell  Partner San Francisco
Mika Reiner Mayer  Partner Palo Alto
Robert M. McDowell  Partner Washington, DC
Erik Milch  Partner Reston
Barbara Mirza  Partner Los Angeles – Santa Monica, Los Angeles – Downtown
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
William O'Connor  Partner San Diego
Sarah Oliai  Associate Washington, DC
Kathleen Pakenham  Business Department Chair New York
Matthew Pavao  Partner Boston
David Peinsipp  Partner San Francisco, Palo Alto
Nicole Peppe  Partner Boston
Frank Pietrantonio  Senior Counsel Reston
Michael Platt  Partner in Charge – Colorado Colorado
Obrea Poindexter  Partner Washington, DC
Marya Postner  Partner Palo Alto
Rachel Proffitt  Partner San Francisco
Marc Recht  Partner Boston
Michael Rhodes  Partner San Francisco
John Robertson  Partner in Charge – Seattle Seattle
Sacha Ross  Partner New York
Randy Sabett  Special Counsel Washington, DC
William Schwartz  Partner New York
Richard Segal  Partner New York
Michael Sheetz  Partner Boston
Jordan Silber  Partner San Francisco, Shanghai
Brent Siler  Senior Counsel Washington, DC, Reston
Steve Strauss  Partner San Diego
Marc Suskin  Partner New York
Scott Talbot  Partner Reston
Mark Tanoury  Partner Palo Alto
Rachel Thorn  Partner New York
Steve Tonsfeldt  Partner Palo Alto
Christina T. Roupas  Partner Chicago
Kristin VanderPas  Partner San Francisco
Ryan Vann  Partner Chicago
David Vogel  Special Counsel Reston
Mark Weeks  Partner Palo Alto
Francis Wheeler  Partner Colorado
Drew Williamson  Partner San Francisco
Denny Won  Partner San Francisco