Nicole Brookshire


Capital markets transactions are in my DNA. I am passionate about helping clients access the public markets in a differentiated and efficient way – with an emphasis on business pragmatism and creative solutions to complex problems.

Nicole is a partner in Cooley's public companies and capital markets practices and a member the firm's board of directors. She practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on the representation of late-stage private and public companies and investment banks in capital markets transactions as well as the representation of publicly traded companies. She has counseled public and private company clients in a full range of general corporate and corporate and securities matters, including public offerings, strategic corporate relationships, SEC reporting and compliance and corporate governance matters. Nicole has been the #1 issuer-side tech IPO lawyer on the east coast and nationally for the past 4+ years.  Her clients include:  ACV Auctions,, AllBirds, Appian, Billtrust, Braze, CS Disco, Datadog, Dataiku, Endava, Etsy, Everbridge, Honest, MongoDB, Noom, Olo, Rapid7, Similarweb, Sprinklr, Tempus and UiPath.

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  • Braze – $572 Million IPO 

  • Allbirds – $348.3 Million IPO 

  • Rent the Runway – $357 Million IPO 

  • Warby Parker – Direct Listing 

  • BigCommerce Holdings – $345 Million Convertible Senior Notes Offering 

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    My little people

    Peonies, peonies and more peonies

Nicole is an amazing partner to our business and to me as General Counsel. She understands the needs of our business and delivers on the promise of how great an outside counsel can be. Nicole gets to the point and gets stuff done. – Chris Winters, General Counsel, Appian Corporation

  • Stanford Law School
    JD, with distinction, 1997

  • Carleton College
    BA, Religious Studies
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

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  • American Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    #1 IPO issuer-side tech lawyer in the United States and on the East Coast based on IPO Vital Signs data since January 1, 2015

    Led or involved with over 80% of the software deals on the East Coast and issuer counsel to 66% of the software deals on the East coast, since January 1, 2015

    Chambers USA: Capital Markets – Massachusetts

    IPO Vital Signs: #1 Law Firm Representing VC-backed Comapnies Going Public Since 2005 

    IPO Vital Signs: #1 Law Firm for Technology and Life Sciences IPOs, Since 2013

    Legal 500: Key Lawyer – Capital Markets: Equity Offerings

One of the best parts of being in UiPath is partnering with the very best. Just finished a meeting today and reflected on Nicole Brookshire and her Cooley LLP team…Incredible partners to the point where they are just a part of the team. Not just the expertise or execution – the camaraderie and collaboration is amongst the best I have seen in my career. Wanted to give a quick recognition and thanks for their incredible partnership to date and on the journey ahead. #oneteam #Bestofthebest– Ashim Gupta, Chief Financial Officer, UiPath