Nicholaus E. Johnson

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From formation to exit, Nicholaus strategically resolves legal and practical matters with individualized attention resulting in satisfied firm clients.

About Nicholaus

Nicholaus represents clients in corporate and securities law matters, acting as outside corporate counsel to public and private companies. He regularly advises companies on corporate governance matters, US Securities and Exchange Commission issues, securities exchange reporting and compliance, public and private financings, and venture capital. He also has represented clients in strategic transactions, such as mergers & acquisitions with valuations ranging from tens of millions to more than a billion dollars, as well as complex commercial transactions. Nicholaus has counseled startups, late-stage private companies and public companies in various industries, including healthcare, medical devices, biotechnology, apparel and agriculture.

Nicholaus received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as an associate editor for the university’s California Law Review 

Prior to joining Cooley, Nicholaus represented private companies in a broad range of day-to-day and strategic transactions



University of California, Berkeley School of Law
JD, 2017, Order of the Coif

University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
BS, 2014, Business Administration

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Court admissions

US District Court for the Eastern District of California

US District Court for the Central District of California

Memberships & affiliations

American Bar Association

California Lawyers Association, Business Law and Tax Sections