Agricultural Sciences & Technology

Premier full-service firm for agtech innovators and their investors

Why Cooley
  • Cooley’s lawyers have decades of experience in the agricultural biotechnology, microbial engineering, microbiome, food, animal and plant science industries
  • Large footprint among a diverse set of agricultural biotechnology and plant science clients that is made up of industry pioneers
  • Clients range from small startup companies to billion-dollar private and publicly traded corporations to investors backing game-changing technologies in the agtech sector
  • Robust, full-service agtech platform allows for seamless collaboration among lawyers across practice areas including intellectual property, litigation, FDA/regulatory, licensing, strategic transactions and collaboration deals and venture financing
  • Unparalleled access to one of the largest and most influential networks of leading venture capitalists, financial institutions and other strategic partners
  • Counsel to agricultural startup companies involved in some of the largest venture backed agricultural sector fundraising rounds of the past several years
  • Represent sustainability leaders across industries, including several of the companies ranked among the Global 100 index of the most sustainable corporations in the world

Emerging Company Law Firm of the Year Honoree

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Represent 30% of the biotech companies on THRIVE’s list of the Top 50 Agtech Startups

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  • BTI Consulting: “Best of the Best” for client service and value
  • Chambers: Tier 1 for Startups and Emerging Companies, Leader in Intellectual Property
  • Law360: Litigation Powerhouse
  • Legal 500: Tier 1 for Venture Capital and Startups
  • LMG Life Sciences: Licensing and Collaboration Firm of the Year
  • LMG Life Sciences: Patent Strategy and Management Firm of the Year Honoree
  • Managing IP: Named Firm of the Year for “Trademark Litigation” and “IP Transactions”
  • PitchBook: #1 law firm for VC-backed exits (IPO and M&A)
  • World Trademark Review: Gold Tier for Trademark Law

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Group contacts
Laurie Bauer  Partner Chicago
Jaime L. Chase  Partner Washington, DC
Derek Colla  Partner Washington, DC
Frederick Dorey  Special Counsel Palo Alto, San Francisco
Joseph Drayton  Partner New York
Chris Holly  Partner Washington, DC
Brendan Hughes  Partner Washington, DC
Erin J. Kirchner  Partner Chicago
Daniel Knauss  Partner Palo Alto
Mike Lincoln  Vice Chair Reston, Washington, DC
Bonnie Weiss McLeod  Of Counsel Washington, DC
Mark Medearis  Senior Counsel Palo Alto, San Francisco
Sonia Nath  Partner Washington, DC
Kathleen O'Neill  Partner Washington, DC
Yvan-Claude Pierre  Partner New York, Chicago
Marya Postner  Partner Palo Alto
Stephen Smith  Partner Washington, DC, Reston
Peter H. Werner  Partner San Francisco
Richard E. Ginsberg  Partner Chicago
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