Why Cooley

For 40+ years, Cooley has focused almost exclusively on the representation of innovative technology companies. We are widely recognized as one of the premier firms counseling public and private high-growth companies. From upstarts armed with little more than a disruptive business model to well-established multibillion-dollar public companies, we guide clients through uncharted waters and the most complex and unique legal and business issues. Our clients include some of the most established names in technology today, including eBay, NVIDIA, Tableau Software and Yelp, to the leading technology names of tomorrow.


Since the rise of the Silicon Valley during the 1970s, we have focused on the representation of innovative technology companies – many of which have been pioneers establishing new industries and business models. We have guided countless of these companies through all stages of corporate growth, from company formation, venture and private equity financings to mergers and acquisitions and public offerings.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial agreements
  • Company formation
  • Financings
  • Fund formation
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Public financings and private placements
  • Real estate, land use/zoning and leasing
  • Sale and purchase of assets
  • Strategic partnerships and joint ventures
  • Tax


We understand the intersection of technology and law and the impact it is having on transformative businesses. Our lawyers have a strong understanding of the regulatory environment and the business concerns and risks that technology companies face on a daily basis. From protecting consumer information and responding to regulatory agency audits to implementing corporate structures and advising on technology outsourcing, our regulatory and enforcement experience is unmatched by any other firm in the technology sector.

Areas of Practice

  • Antitrust counseling
  • Corporate governance
  • Employment and benefits
  • Government contracts
  • Export control and international trade regulations
  • Privacy and data protection counseling and data breach response


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

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

Intellectual Property

As one of the top firms in the country for intellectual property law, our lawyers provide sophisticated representation to a range of players, from operating companies to investors backing game-changing technologies. We are especially adept in securing IP protection for high-technology companies. We also provide strategic IP counseling directed towards monetizing such assets. In addition, we are often involved in patent and trademark litigation matters, as well as due diligence surrounding mergers, acquisitions, funding and other transactions. 

Areas of Practice

  • Copyright design and protection
  • Patent procurement and enforcement
  • Portfolio management and analysis
  • Technology transactions and licensing
  • Trade secrets counseling
  • Trademark protection and enforcement