Data Center

Why Cooley

We have represented data center owners, tenants and energy suppliers providing 200+ megawatts of critical IT power. Our data center clients can count on a multidisciplinary team of industry-leading lawyers to advise on all aspects of data center development and operations, both domestically and internationally. We have deep market knowledge and experience with the myriad issues that characterize the business.


Our attorneys provide comprehensive corporate solutions for our clients in their development, acquisition, financing, construction, operations and colocation of data centers. We offer a full range of resources during the entitlement and development cycle that includes assisting with the strategic planning, zoning, contract negotiations, operations agreements and leasing/subleasing of centers once fully constructed.

Areas of Practice

  • Company formation
  • Construction and operations agreements
  • Equipment leasing
  • Financings
  • Master service agreements
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Public financings and private placements
  • Real estate, land use/zoning, acquisition and leasing
  • Sale and purchase of assets
  • Strategic partnerships
  • Tax


As technology transforms our world, traditional legal regimes are forced to play catch-up. Companies and entrepreneurs, unsure of the present, let alone the future, seek out those few trusted advisors who understand the space where innovation and the law collide. With the DNA of Silicon Valley and the muscle of a national litigation and trial practice, Cooley litigators are at the forefront of the new legal frontiers involving our clients and their competitors, consumers and regulators.

Areas of Practice

  • Class action defense
  • Contract and license disputes
  • Employment litigation
  • Environmental litigation
  • Privacy litigation
  • Restructuring, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights
  • Securities litigation
  • Tax controversy


Our lawyers regularly represent major buyers and providers of data center services. We understand the regulatory aspects impacting the industry and counsel clients on the complex rules and regulations governing data center operations, from cybersecurity and privacy issues and risks to access rights to environmental issues to disaster recovery and business continuity.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust counseling
  • Clean energy and technology
  • Corporate governance
  • Employment and benefits
  • Environmental due diligence and liability
  • Export control and international trade regulations
  • Privacy and data protection counseling and data breach response

Intellectual Property

Cooley is known for providing comprehensive IP services to clients across a range of industries and at all stages of operation. We represent industry leaders seeking to maintain their market positions, as well as innovative startups looking to bring disruptive technologies to market. As a fully integrated, full-service practice, we provide prosecution and counseling services that allow our clients to gain the most value from their IP and represent our clients in complex infringement suits in which core products and brands, and upwards of billions of dollars, are at stake.

Areas of Practice

  • IP litigation (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, trade dress, false advertising and licensing)
  • ITC Section 337 investigations
  • Patent counseling and prosecution
  • Patent Office litigation
  • Trademark, copyright and advertising