Craig Jacoby


I'm a guide and advisor to startups and their investors on legal and business challenges across many industries.

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Craig represents high-growth companies and their investors. He has helped to form, finance and advise hundreds of emerging businesses in areas such as internet and digital media, consumer products, clean technologies, software, medical devices and business services. He has led hundreds of startup financings, with an aggregate value in the billions of dollars, and has led teams advising companies on more than a hundred mergers and acquisitions.

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  • Cribl Secures $150 Million in Series D Funding 

  • Alma Closes $50 Million Series C Financing 

  • Alma Closes $28 Million Series B 

  • Patreon Valuation Climbs to $1.2 Billion With Series E Round  

  • Legal 500 Ranks Cooley in Tier 1 for VC and Emerging Companies  

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His expertise in matters pertinent to startups and growth companies were essential to our rapid growth. The ability to provide timely, insightful advice at any moment along with their deep expertise in M&A were crucial to our success. – Anonymous client review on Chambers USA – Startups & Emerging Companies

  • Stanford Law School
    JD, With distinction, Order of the Coif, 1996

  • Johns Hopkins University
    MA, International Studies

  • University of Pennsylvania
    BA, English, Economics
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Fulbright Scholar, 1990

Admissions & Credentials



  • California Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    Cooley GO Wins the "People's Voice" Webby

    Chambers USA: Nationwide – Startups and Emerging Companies and Venture Capital (2016 – 2022)

    Best Lawyers: M&A/Corporate and Commercial – Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2016 – 2019)

    The Recorder Innovators recognizes Craig Jacoby, Matt Bartus and Peter Werner

    Daily Journal: "Top Emerging Companies Lawyers" (2014)

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