John-Paul Motley

Partner in Charge, Los Angeles – Downtown

I'm dedicated to learning my clients' businesses – and being a trusted adviser to boards and management – to build lasting relationships and provide practical advice for meeting their objectives.

John-Paul is a partner in Cooley’s public companies group. His practice focuses on advising public and private companies and their boards of directors on a wide range of transactional and corporate governance matters. John-Paul represents clients in debt and equity capital markets transactions, ranging from IPOs and secondary offerings to high-yield, convertible and investment grade debt issuances. In addition, John-Paul advises public company clients on Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and disclosure issues and compliance matters, and he regularly acts as the outside corporate counsel for his clients. John-Paul has been recognized by Chambers USA for his Capital Markets: Debt & Equity practice since 2015 where clients describe him as “extremely knowledgeable, responsive and personable” particularly noting his “strong deal sense” and “good business instincts.”  

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  • IAA’s Amended Merger Agreement With Ritchie Bros., Cooperation Agreement With Ancora 

  • Ritchie Bros. to Acquire IAA in $7.3 Billion Cross-Border Stock and Cash Transaction 

  • Malibu Boats – $350 Million Revolver 

He is extremely knowledgeable, responsive and personable - I have complete confidence in him. – Client Testimonial, Chambers USA

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    JD, Order of the Coif, 1999

  • Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management
    MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, 1999

  • University of Memphis
    BBA, summa cum laude

Admissions & Credentials



  • Vanderbilt University Law School, Board of Advisors

  • Phoenix House California, Board of Directors

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: Capital Markets – Debt & Equity (2015 – 2022)

    International Financial Law Review: Capital Markets – Debt & Equity (2018 – 2021)

    The Legal 500 US (2010 – 2021)