Mike Lincoln is the vice chair of Cooley and works with the firm’s senior leadership team on matters of client relations, strategic planning, lateral growth and communications. His practice focuses on emerging companies, venture capital and mergers and acquisitions. In 1999, Mike co-founded Cooley's first East Coast office.

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  • University of Virginia School of Law
    JD, Omicron Delta Kappa, 1991

  • Southeast Missouri State University
    BS, Business Administration
    magna cum laude, 1984

Admissions & Credentials

District of Columbia



  • American Bar Association

  • Northern Virginia Technology Council

  • Mid-Atlantic Venture Association

Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: Corporate/M&A; Startups & Emerging Companies

    Legal 500: Key Lawyer – Venture Capital & Emerging Companies (2021)

    Best Lawyers: Venture Capital Lawyer of the Year (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019)

    Washington Life Magazine: Tech 25 (2019)

    Washingtonian: Tech Titan (2012-2018)

    Washington Business Journal: Power 100 (2012-2019)

    DCInno 50 on Fire: Investment Leader (2015)