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Cooley LLP

  • Designation: Palo Alto
  • Head Count: 801
  • Gross Revenues: $912,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,140,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,885,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 5

Cooley is a Palo Alto-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2016 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cooley has 801 attorneys and is the 43rd largest firm in the United States.  With $912,000,000 in gross revenue in 2015, the firm placed 32nd on The American Lawyer's 2016 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2014 Global 100 survey, Cooley ranked as the 45th highest grossing law firm in the world.  The firm has offices in CA, CO, DC, MA, NY, VA and WA.

Firm Rankings

Survey Rank Year Over Year Change Description
Am Law 100 32 5 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 32 5 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 48 9 Lawyer head count
The A-List 42 -5 Overall excellence
Pro Bono Scorecard 89 5 Pro-bono commitment
Diversity Scorecard 44 0 Minority head count
Midlevel Associates Survey 64 3 Job satisfaction
Summer Associates Survey 18 0 Summer programs

In the News

Former GCs Draw Interest From Bay Area Firms

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

Some industry observers question whether the money firms are spending on former GCs would be better spent luring a rainmaker that's on the lateral market.

'Goodwin,' 'Nutter' Join Rebranding Bandwagon

Scott Flaherty : The Am Law Daily : June 28, 2016

Goodwin Procter rolled out a new, shortened brand name on Tuesday, along with a fresh logo, an overhauled website, and new digs on Boston's waterfront.

Former GCs Draw Interest From Bay Area Firms

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

In an industry where books of business are paramount, some industry observers question whether the money firms spend on these former GCs would be better spent on nabbing a rainmaker on the lateral market. But the firms say the former GCs have unique qualities that are worth paying for.

Startups Good Business for Gunderson Dettmer

Amanda Bronstad : The National Law Journal : June 27, 2016

Bay Area-based firm cites work in venture funding deals behind 26 percent rise in head count.

Back at Cooley, Jacobson is Ready to Tackle Clients' Biggest Problems

David Ruiz : Corporate Counsel : June 27, 2016

Don't expect the longtime eBay GC to be doing straight legal analysis. He's the guy for the gritty stuff.

What Brexit Means for Patent and Trademark Practices

Scott Graham : The Recorder : June 27, 2016

The vote is likely to delay, and even kill, plans for a Unified Patent Court, and may require EU trademark holders to refile in the UK.

Back at Cooley, Jacobson is Ready to Tackle Clients' Biggest Problems

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 24, 2016

Don't expect the longtime eBay GC to be doing straight legal analysis. He's the guy for the gritty stuff.

IP Whack-a-Mole: The 2016 Patent Litigation Survey

Lisa Shuchman : Corporate Counsel : June 23, 2016

Suits by trolls still bedevil patent holders, despite efforts to rein them in.

Allen & Overy to Match Cravath's U.S. Associate Pay

Rose Walker : Legal Week : June 20, 2016

The Magic Circle firm joins the ongoing U.S. associate pay war, announcing pay rise for first-year U.S. associates to $180,000

K&L Gates' Partner Churn Continues, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 20, 2016

Amid more departures, K&L Gates seeks to grow; Akin Gump and Reed Smith hire from Winston & Strawn; Fox Rothschild reels in a leading Twin Cities litigator; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Associate Salary Hikes Are Hard to Swallow, Some GCs Say

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 17, 2016

Some general counsel in Silicon Valley question the need for the recent wave of salary hikes for associates at leading California firms.

Skadden Counters Creditors' $35M Legal Malpractice Suit

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : June 16, 2016

After a Skadden client landed in bankruptcy court, creditors brought suit against the firm for malpractice, alleging it turned a blind eye to multiple conflicts because it had a lucrative relationship with the company's founder. Fighting back and seeking $35 million in damages, Skadden contends the claims are purely speculative.

McDermott Adds Amid Leadership Change, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 16, 2016

A year after WilmerHale consolidated its London operations, one longtime partner has left for McDermott Will & Emery; Jones Day hires a trio; Shearman & Sterling snags one from Boies Schiller; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Am Law 100 Firms Match Pay Raise for Asia Associates-Further Updated

Frances Ivens and Anna Zhang : The Asian Lawyer : June 14, 2016

Milbank, Kirkland, Simpson Thacher, Paul Weiss, Weil and Davis Polk have confirmed associates pay increase will include those based in Asia.

Former eBay GC Heads Back to Cooley

Sue Reisinger : The Recorder : June 13, 2016

Michael Jacobson, who stepped down as eBay's general counsel in July 2015, is heading back to Cooley, the firm he once called home.

Cooley Hires Back Ex-Partner, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 13, 2016

Former eBay general counsel Michael Jacobson returns to Cooley in Silicon Valley; a Kirkland & Ellis seeks a shave; Greenberg Traurig grows in Israel; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

BAR-ometer: Williams & Connolly on Blast

: The Recorder : June 10, 2016

Plus, pay bumps for (some) associates.

Calif. Firms Slow to the Draw in Salary Wars

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : June 10, 2016

It took several days for news of Cravath's associate salary hikes to cause California's largest firms to act.

Head of Correction Officers Union Faces Fraud Charges

Jake Pearson and Tom Hays : The Associated Press : June 09, 2016

The longtime head of the nation's largest municipal jail guard union was paid tens of thousands of dollars in cash, delivered in a Ferragamo handbag, in exchange for steering $20 million in union money to a hedge fund, according to a criminal complaint.

Prosecutor: Gang Leader Ordered Henchmen to Kidnap, Kill

Emery P. Dalesio : The Associated Press : June 07, 2016

From a prison cell, a gang leader known as "Godfather" ordered his henchmen to kill the father of an assistant district attorney by stuffing a sock in his mouth and putting a plastic bag over his head, a federal prosecutor said Tuesday.

Cooley

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016

Facing a $500 million patent infringement lawsuit, Qualcomm Technologies Inc. turned to Cooley. The firm has represented the tech company for nearly two decades.

The 2016 IP Hot List

: The National Law Journal : June 06, 2016

We recognize 15 law firms that set the bar in intellectual property law in 2015, scoring big wins for clients.

Deal Watch: Baker Botts, Bracewell Get Jolt From Utility Union

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 02, 2016

The Lone Star State firms are working with two other Am Law 100 firms in advising on Great Plains Energy Inc.'s $12.2 billion buy of Westar Energy Inc., the latest sign of consolidation in the utilities sector.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 02, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Will Drone Use Drive Law Firm Evolution?

Ian Lopez : Legaltech News : June 01, 2016

Bousquet Holstein's Aaron Frishman explains how unmanned aerial vehicle use is transforming law.

Dechert Reshuffles London Leadership in Growth Bid

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : June 01, 2016

In an example of the laser-like focus U.S. law firms are placing on London in recent months, Dechert has revamped the leadership structure of its London office with an eye toward making it on par with the firm's largest locations in New York and Philadelphia.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : May 30, 2016

Lateral moves, new arrivals, and a new practice group in this week's column.

Best of the Legal Tech Blogosphere: Legal Tech Headwinds, a TAR Too Far, and More

Ricci Dipshan : Legaltech News : May 27, 2016

A roundup of blog posts and other musings from around the legal tech community.

Snapchat Turns to Cooley in $1.8 Billion Series F

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 26, 2016

Partner Eric Jensen led the Cooley team.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 26, 2016

A round-up of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.