Rachel Proffitt


I'm fortunate to be a business advisor, legal counselor and occasional therapist to some of the greatest minds of our time. My passion is guiding them through the lifecycle of their enterprise, from formation through exit.

Rachel Proffitt heads Cooley’s San Francisco corporate practice and serves on the firm's board of directors. She practices corporate and securities law and represents public and private clients, as well as venture capital and investment banking firms and other institutional investors, across a broad range of industries. Her practice focuses on general corporate and complex transactional matters, including venture capital transactions, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, and public-company disclosure and corporate governance.

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  • Lavoro to Become Publicly Traded Through Business Combination With TPB Acquisition Corporation I 

  • Motive Raises $150 Million in Series F Funding 

  • Blockdaemon Acquires Anyblock Analytics 

  • Cornerstone OnDemand Agrees to Sell to Clearlake Capital Group for $5.2 Billion 

  • Procore Technologies – $698 Million IPO 

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  • University of California Hastings College of Law
    Member, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review
    Member, Hastings Security Law Society

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    BA, English
    cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors Program

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Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: Startups & Emerging Companies (USA Nationwide); Venture Capital (California) (2022)

    The Legal 500: Leading Lawyer – Venture Capital & Emerging Companies