C. Thomas Hopkins

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Tom Hopkins practices securities and general corporate law and has worked with public and private companies in many diverse industries. He has counseled clients in the areas of public offerings of equity and debt, M&A, Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance, corporate governance, corporate formations, venture finance, joint venture, licensing and strategic transactions, restructurings and workouts, and general business matters.

Tom is a partner in the business department. He joined Cooley in 2013.

Clients have included:

  • Age of Learning/ABCmouse*
  • Archer Ventures Capital*
  • BAM Ventures*
  • BioIQ*
  • Black Knight Financial Services
  • The Boeing Co.
  • Carpe Data*
  • Cannae Holdings, Inc.*
  • CrossnoKaye*
  • Dandy*
  • Everbridge*
  • Fastclick
  • Fidelity National Financial*
  • gettacar*
  • goPuff
  • Haus Labs*
  • Hockey Vision Las Vegas
  • HG Insights*
  • The Honest Company*
  • Imperial Capital*
  • King River Capital*
  • La Brea Bakery 
  • LegalZoom*
  • JAMDAT Mobile
  • Magnite*
  • Nitro Software
  • NuSil
  • Oberland Capital Management*
  • OpenTable
  • Procore*
  • Prodege*
  • QAD 
  • Shoedazzle.com
  • Sientra
  • Magnite*
  • The Walking Company
* Indicates current client

Representative capital markets representations include:

  • LegalZoom: in its IPO
  • The Honest Company: in its IPO
  • Everbridge: in its IPO and follow-on offering
  • RealD: in its IPO and follow-on offering
  • OpenTable: in its secondary offering
  • JAMDAT Mobile: in its IPO
  • Fastclick: in its IPO
  • Sientra: in its IPO and follow-on offering
  • Controlling stockholders of QAD in connection with a dual-class recapitalization of QAD's common stock
  • QAD: in its IPO

Representative M&A representations include:

  • Fidelity National Financial: Acquisition of Hudson & Marshall
  • Fidelity National Financial: sale of One Digital
  • Fidelity National Financial: Acquisition of majority stake in Title Guaranty of Hawaii, Inc.
  • Fidelity National Financial: acquisition of T-Systems Holdings
  • Fidelity National Financial: Acquisition of majority stake in SkySlope
  • Sientra: Acquisition of Miramar Labs
  • Black Knight Financial Services: Acquisition of mortgage business intelligence software company Motivity Solutions
  • Black Knight Financial Services: Acquisition of eLynx
  • RealD: Merger with Rizvi Traverse Management 
  • Everbridge: Nixle acquisition 
  • Fidelity National Financial: BPG Holdings acquisition
  • LegalZoom.com: Tender Offer of Common and Series A Preferred Stock from existing stockholders by LucasZoom, an affiliate of Permira, a British private equity firm
  • Fidelity National Financial: Combination of LPS and ServiceLink and issuance of equity to T.H. Lee Partners as part of FNF's $3.3 billion acquisition of LPS
  • ShoeDazzle.com: Acquired by JustFab
  • Viki: Acquired by Rakuten
  • Fidelity National Financial: Digital Insurance acquisition
  • A selling member of game developer Buffalo Studios: Acquired by Caesars Interactive Entertainment
  • Taylor Made Golf: Adams Golf acquisition
  • Affiliates of CSR: Acquisition of the MAP-X audio semiconductor business from Trident Microsystems
  • Adconion Media Group: iFrontline Direct acquisition
  • Adconion Media Group: Acquisition of certain assets of Joost
  • JAMDAT Mobile: merger with Electronic Arts
  • JAMDAT Mobile: acquisition of Blue Lava Wireless
  • The Boeing Co: $1.7 billion acquisition of Aviall
  • Parent, FNF Capital Holdings and Ultimate Parent, Fidelity National Financial: Sale of wholly owned subsidiary Fidelity National Capital to Winthrop Resources, a wholly owned subsidiary of TCF Financial
  • Fidelity National Financial: ATM Holdings acquisition
  • Primedex Health Systems: acquisition of Radiologix
  • Summa Industries: Acquired by Habasit Holding and Habasit Holding USA
  • Mobile Messenger: Sale of a majority interest to SilverLake Sumeru
  • Xinhua Finance: Sale of assets to Forever Alliance and PRN Business Consulting (Shanghai)
  • Xinhua Finance: Sale of the assets of its subsidiary, G-7 Group, to Medley Global Advisors
  • La Brea Bakery: Acquired by IAWS Group
  • eLogic: Acquired by Reed Elsevier

Representative financing matters include:

  • HG Insights: significant growth investment from Riverwood Capital
  • Honest Co.: strategic minority investment from L Catterton
  • Procore Technologies: multiple private financing by Bessemer Ventures and Iconiq Capital
  • HG Insights: multiple financings
  • Nitro in its Series B financing round with Battery Ventures
  • The Honest Co.: Series C financing and $100 million Series D financing
  • Procore Technologies: Series E financing and $80 million Series F financing with ICONIQ and Bessemer Venture Partners
  • LegalZoom.com: Transaction involving Institutional Venture Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and certain existing stockholders of Legalzoom.com

Tom has been recognized in publications, such as:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2008 – 2019, 2022
  • Recognized, Mergers & Acquisitions, The Legal 500, 2008 - 2009, 2011, 2017
  • Who's Who in L.A. Law, Los Angeles Business Journal, 2011

Prior to joining Cooley, Tom was a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton from 2001 to 2013, where he co-chaired the firm's global corporate and securities practice group from 2011 to 2013. Before that, he practiced at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy.


University of Southern California
JD, 1993, Order of the Coif

American University
BA, 1986

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Rankings & accolades

The Best Lawyers in America (2008 –2019, 2022)

Southern California's Top Rated Lawyers (2014 – 2015)

Southern California Super Lawyer (2009 – 2013)

Who's Who in L.A. Law, Los Angeles Business Journal (2011)

Legal 500: Mergers & Acquisitions (2008 –2009, 2011, 2017)

Memberships & affiliations

State Bar of California

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Santa Barbara County Bar Association

USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors