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Cooley LLP

  • Designation: Palo Alto
  • Head Count: 673
  • Gross Revenues: $674,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,000,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,565,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 2

Cooley LLP is a Palo Alto, California-based law firm that completed a merger with New York's Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman, to become Cooley LLP. In 2011, the firm ranked 57th on The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms with gross revenue of $517,000,000 in 2010. On the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 65th highest grossing law firm in the world. In terms of size, Cooley LLP ranked 63rd on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings, with 604 attorneys. Cooley LLP represents emerging growth and public companies and the financial institutions that serve their markets. Practice areas include antitrust, commercial litigation, life sciences transactions, venture capital, tax, and technology transactions. In addition to its four California offices, the firm has offices in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 45 2 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 45 2 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 57 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 36 -5 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 94 -12 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 43 9 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 64 3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 18 0 Summer programs

In the News

Ninth Circuit Spurns 'Browsewrap' Arbitration Agreement

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Barnes & Noble customers weren't put on notice of an arbitration agreement buried in the retailer's website, the appeals court ruled.

IN BRIEF: Clippers Change Hands

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Former Microsoft Corp. chief executive officer Steve Ballmer completed his purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team on Aug. 12 for $2 billion. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Ninth Circuit Spurns Web 'Browsewrap' Agreement

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Barnes & Noble customers weren't put on notice of an arbitration agreement buried in the retailer's website, wrote Circuit Judge John Noonan.

Soft Job Market Nudges More Law Grads Out on Their Own

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

Nnena Ukuku started representing emerging tech companies after a law firm job offer went up in smoke. Today, she says her firm has about 40 clients.

Dunked and Cold, But For a Good Cause

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

Venable dedicated an afternoon "ice-bucket challenge" to partner Michael Gollin as they raised money for research for the disease ALS.

Washington Metro's Silver Line Tempts Virginia Lawyers

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 15, 2014

In the large law offices scattered across the Northern Virginia business corridor, a handful of attorneys have fashioned practices around the Washington Metro extension. Other Northern Virginia lawyers have started riding the Silver Line—though those taking mass transit are still light in number.

It's the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Now

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 14, 2014

The largest law school in the country—the Thomas M. Cooley Law School—is now Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

The Morning Wrap

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 13, 2014

A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications are around the web: Google's trail of Post-it notes; a compliance hiring boom; Facebook denied attorneys fees.

Wilson Helps Otonomy With IPO

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Its San Diego and Palo Alto lawyers advised the drug developer, which focuses on treatments for ear disorders and diseases.

The Churn: Am Law Quartet Eyes New Horizons, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

Dechert, LeClairRyan, Lowenstein Sandler and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman all announced plans for new offices within the past week, in our latest look at notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Judge Nixes Facebook Fee Bid in Rembrandt Patent Fight

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

Facebook Inc. and its lawyers at Cooley have lost their bid to recover attorney fees from Rembrandt Social Media, the nonpracticing entity they slayed at trial in June.

Judge Slashes Plaintiffs' Fee Request in Derivative Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers awarded plaintiffs lawyers roughly one-third of the fees they sought after settling with Abaxis Inc.

Taking on the Big Three Legal Research Providers

Ross Todd : The American Lawyer : January 11, 2014

Two startups are targeting the lucrative and highly concentrated online legal research business.

Yelp's Critics Chip Away at Legal Defenses

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

Yelp has suffered several legal setbacks this year as plaintiffs have found ways around the company's traditional lines of defense.

The Careerist: Top 50 Mommy Firms

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 06, 2014

A look at the subtext behind Working Woman magazine's "50 best firms for women."

Cooley Takes on New Shanghai Partner

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 04, 2014

Former Shearman & Sterling Hong Kong counsel Pang Lee has joined the firm's investment funds group.

Emerging Technology Shapes Future of Law

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 04, 2014

From IBM research facilities in New York to tiny startups in Silicon Valley, technology companies have set their sights on upending the legal services industry.

Legal-Tech Startup Accelerated

Jesse Londin : Law Technology News : January 01, 2014

How e-discovery company NexLP captured the attention and support of venture capitalists.

The Recorder Names 50 Women Leaders in Tech Law

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

This year's list honors women leading major matters, leading within their organizations, and leading the way for other women.

Deal of the Week: $21.4 Million Merger Completed After Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

"Moving parties have not established that they may suffer irreparable injury if relief is not granted, for which there is not an adequate remedy at law," wrote U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson of the Northern District of Texas in the order.

Wilson Assists Pfenex With IPO

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Palo Alto-based partner Jeffrey Saper and San Diego-based partner Dan Koeppen led the Wilson Sonsini team, while Lathan & Watkins advised underwriters.

The Churn: Arnold & Porter Adds to Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Arnold & Porter takes on a couple of attorneys from Alston & Bird; the embattled Bingham McCutchen brings on a partner and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Matthew E. Beck

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Wolff & Samson, West Orange

DLA Takes Life Sciences Partner From Hogan's Valley Office

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Shane Albright advises biotech companies in strategic partnerships, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

The Careerist: The 10 Law Schools with the Most Applicants

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 24, 2014

Find out which law schools are the most sought-after in the land.

$21.4 Million Merger Completed After Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2014

"Moving parties have not established that they may suffer irreparable injury if relief is not granted, for which there is not an adequate remedy at law," wrote U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson of the Northern District of Texas in the order.

Cooley v. Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Photographs' Subsequent Licensure Infringed On Copyright to Sculptures of Dinosaur Eggs

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The Kirwan touch … Under the Gunn … Earning oodles at Google

Donato Touches Patent Hot Spot in Sex-Toy Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

U.S. District Judge James Donato stayed litigation between two manufacturers of personal massagers pending inter partes review.

Zuckerberg Can't Duck Suit Over Real Estate Deal

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

A Santa Clara County judge ruled Tuesday that a real estate developer's breach of contract claim can proceed.