Rachel Goddard


I love the fund formation work that I do, and the clients and Cooley team I do it with. Together, we build funds that jump-start the cutting-edge companies of tomorrow.

Rachel advises clients on the formation and representation of venture capital funds and other private equity partnerships, including funds of funds and special purpose vehicles. She primarily represents sponsor organizations, ranging from some of the most well-known multibillion-dollar investment firms to much smaller firms forming seed and early-stage venture capital, angel and similar microcap funds. Rachel’s varied experience also includes advising leading venture capital and private equity firms in preferred stock financings, as well as institutional lenders in acquisition financing and mezzanine debt transactions. In addition to her robust practice representing investment funds, Rachel has experience in mergers and acquisitions and 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporate formation work.

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  • Chingona Ventures Closes New $52 Million Fund 

  • ACME Capital Closes Venture Funds Totaling More Than $300 Million 


    Being a mom to three girls

    Watching my girls play sports (softball and ballet)

    Instructing spin classes


Rachel is fantastic. She can plow through mountains of work and is very detail oriented – ACME Fund III, LP

  • William & Mary Law School
    JD, Order of the Coif, 1999

  • University of Notre Dame
    BA, History & Environmental Science
    cum laude, 1996

Admissions & Credentials



Not admitted to practice in Illinois


  • American Bar Association

  • The Virginia Bar Association

  • Indiana State Bar Association