Dave Young


I operate at the intersection of innovation, technology and the law, serving as a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies of all stages.

David Young is a co-founder of Cooley’s Santa Monica office and represents emerging growth companies at all stages, as well as the venture capital firms, strategic investors and investment banks that finance these companies. In addition to providing strategic counseling, his practice encompasses venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, equity compensation matters, strategic counseling, complex corporate partnering transactions and corporate governance. He represents both public and private companies, primarily in the digital media, software, technology, cleantech, life sciences, consumer products and media and entertainment sectors, and also frequently represents venture capital firms and other investors in financings.

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David Young is a rising force in the Southern California market and a powerhouse who is really tied in to the digital economy." "He is a phenomenal lawyer. – In rankings of the top 30 emerging companies lawyers nationally, Chambers and Partners.

  • University of Southern California Gould School of Law
    JD, 1995

  • University of Southern California
    MBA, 1995

  • Pomona College
    BA, 1991

Admissions & Credentials


Rankings & Accolades

    Los Angeles Business Journal: Top M&A Dealmakers (2011)

    Los Angeles Business Journal: Most Influential Lawyers: Digital Media and E-Commerce Law (2014)

    Re/Code: Power Player of LA Tech (2014)

    Daily Journal: Top Emerging Companies Lawyers (2014)

    Chambers USA: Top Startup and Emerging Companies Lawyers (USA Nationwide) (2016 – 2022); Venture Capital (California) (2022)

    Legal 500: Key Lawyer: M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2020)

Representative Clients

Dollar Shave Club


Atom Tickets


Upfront Ventures