Laura McDaniels

Special Counsel

+1 650 843 5167

Laura Lakin McDaniels is a special counsel in the compensation and benefits practice. She joined Cooley in 2008 and is resident in the Hanover office. Laura's practice focuses on equity and executive compensation and welfare benefits, tax and compensation-related issues arising in mergers and acquisitions and other corporate restructuring transactions. She advises clients on the design and administration of stock option plans, other equity or cash based incentive plans, severance plans, deferred compensation plans and health and welfare plans, including related ERISA, COBRA, tax, securities, and corporate law compliance issues.

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Practices & Industries


  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)
    JD, 2000

  • Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
    MPP, 1997

  • Wellesley College
    BA, magna cum laude, 1992

Admissions & Credentials



  • American Bar Association

  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals

  • State Bar of California


+1 650 843 5167 office
+1 650 403 4607 fax

3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130