Commercial Litigation

Global commercial litigation practice led by sophisticated and aggressive advocates with a long history of solving complex issues that are at the intersection of law and innovation

Why Cooley
  • 425+ litigators in 18 major business and technology centers worldwide handling high-stakes litigations for cutting-edge companies
  • Five Fellows of American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 20+ former Assistant US Attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers
  • Unprecedented experience representing clients in the tech and life sciences industries, including a long history of winning bet-the-company drug ownership and licensing disputes
  • Experienced in ad hoc arbitration and arbitrations conducted under the leading global arbitration rules as the ICC, the LCIA, the UNCITRAL, the ICSID, the ICDR and Hong Kong Arbitration Center, among others
  • Deep experience litigating before international courts such as all commercial divisions of the English High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Court of Justice of the EU
  • Global focus on cross-border matters and international arbitrations involving the examination of conflict of laws, forum and jurisdictional disputes, as well as domestic disputes across a broad range of industries and businesses
  • Complementary appellate practice that has handled more than 100+ appeals over the past few years
  • Consistently ranked as one of the top commercial litigation practices in the US and Europe by Chambers and Legal 500, as well as The American Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation and Best Lawyers

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  • The American Lawyer: Litigation Department of the Year Finalist
  • The American Lawyer: 30+ Litigator of the Week mentions since 2021
  • Daily Journal: Multiple “Top Defense Verdict” or “Top Appellate Win” awards
  • BTI: 2021 Client Service A-Team
  • The Lawyer: International Law Firm of the Year
  • DiversityLab: 2021 Inclusion Champions- Business Litigation
  • Chambers USA & UK: Commercial Litigation
  • Legal 500 US & UK: Commercial Litigation
  • Best Lawyers in America: Litigation
  • Benchmark Litigation: National Firm of the year in California and Silicon Valley Firm of the year
This was a bet-the-company litigation and the Cooley team came through. The Cooley team's combination of deep trial experience and scientific expertise was critical to the success of this case.— Brett Pletcher, General Counsel, Gilead Sciences

Litigation Department of the Year

Cooley Named Finalist for The American Lawyer's Prestigious Litigation Department of the Year Award.

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Clear and effective legal advice and top-notch representation from the entire Cooley team. 
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Group contacts
Michael Attanasio  Litigation Department Chair San Diego
Travis LeBlanc  Partner Washington, DC, San Francisco
Mika Reiner Mayer  Partner Palo Alto
Ian Shapiro  Partner New York
Mazda Antia  Partner San Diego, Los Angeles – Downtown
Luke Cadigan  Partner Boston
Shannon Eagan  Partner in Charge – Palo Alto Palo Alto
James Maton  Partner London
Beatriz Mejia  Partner San Francisco
Shamis Beckley  Partner Boston
Michelle Doolin  Partner San Diego
John C. Dwyer  Partner Palo Alto
Bobby Earles  Partner Chicago
Kathleen Goodhart  Partner San Francisco
Patrick Gunn  Partner in Charge – San Francisco San Francisco
Mike Klisch  Partner Washington, DC
Stephen Neal  Chairman Emeritus Palo Alto
Michael Rhodes  Partner San Francisco
Steve Strauss  Senior Counsel San Diego
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