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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 is a Palo Alto-based law firm. According to the National Law Journal's 2013 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cooley has 632 attorneys and is the 59th largest firm in the United States. With $617,000,000 in gross revenue in 2012, the firm placed 47th on The American Lawyer's 2013 Am Law 200 ranking. On the 2011 Global 100 survey, Cooley ranked as the 63rd highest grossing law firm in the world. The firm has offices in MA, CA, CO, WA, VA, DC, NY, and China.

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

Associate Morale Is High, But So Is Angst

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : August 29, 2014

The results of the 2014 Associates Survey expose high anxiety over workplace demands and partnership prospects.

Global Legal Awards: Global M&A Deals of the Year

: The Am Law Daily : August 29, 2014

In this category, The American Lawyer's Global Legal Awards honor the 10 cross-border deals and disputes of 2013 that best exemplify the challenges of transnational legal practice.

Amid Snapchat's Rise, Legal Advisers Abound

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 28, 2014

The Silicon Beach photo messaging service Snapchat was valued at $10 billion this week following an investment from venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Behind the startup's rapid rise to fame are a handful of firms, including Cooley, which does most of Snapchat's outside legal work, and others like Perkins Coie and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel is the son of two lawyers with Am Law 100 ties.

2014 Associate Survey: Bay Area Report

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : August 27, 2014

What associates are saying about the best—and worst—workplaces in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Facing a Breach, UPS Delivers Smart Cybersecurity Moves

Sue Reisinger : Corporate Counsel : August 22, 2014

United Parcel Service Inc. suffered a data breach exposing customer information, but many of the company's responses provide useful lessons for in-house counsel.

Fee Tracker: Cooley Law, Bridgegate and Monkey Selfie

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 21, 2014

Miller Canfield reaps big bucks from the rebranded Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Gibson Dunn's legal bills in New Jersey's Bridgegate scandal break the $6 million mark; a look at what a trio of trade organizations are paying a handful of Am Law 100 firms and the Wikimedia Foundation's simian copyright campaign.

Litigator of the Week: Stephen Neal of Cooley

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : August 21, 2014

When Roche tried to stake a claim to Gilead Sciences' blockbuster Hepatitis C drug, Gilead turned to Cooley to neutralize the threat.

LinkedIn Reaches Deal in Privacy Litigation

Lisa Hoffman : The National Law Journal : August 20, 2014

A security breach that opened more than 6 million passwords to online viewing and spawned a putative class action will cost LinkedIn Corp. $1.25 million to settle.

Ninth Circuit Spurns 'Browsewrap' Arbitration Agreement

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 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 : August 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 and other ALM publications.

Ninth Circuit Spurns Web 'Browsewrap' Agreement

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : August 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 : July 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 : July 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 : July 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.