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Cooley LLP

  • Designation: Palo Alto
  • Head Count: 755
  • Gross Revenues: $802,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,060,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,735,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 8

Cooley is a Palo Alto-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cooley has 755 attorneys and is the 48th largest firm in the United States.  With $802,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 37th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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.
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 37 8 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 37 8 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 57 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 37 -6 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

Google Facing New Privacy Suit Over Email Scanning

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 05, 2016

According to suit, the company scanned emails of UC-Berkeley students using its Apps for Education service.

Connections and Flexibility Keys to Representing Startups

Lizzy McLellan : The Legal Intelligencer : February 02, 2016

As the innovation economy has begun to spread outside of Silicon Valley, several Pennsylvania law firms have taken a shot at appealing to companies that may be the next Google or Facebook.

Judge Throws Out 'Monkey Selfie' Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 29, 2016

The crested macaque Naruto doesn't have standing under the Copyright Act, ruled U.S. District Judge William Orrick III.

Firms See Super Bowl as a Super Bust

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 29, 2016

Davis Polk's Alan Denenberg thought it would be fun to take clients to the game—until he saw the prices.

Another Chance to Tackle Student Loan Debt

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 29, 2016

An old program offering student debt relief has sprung to new life—for now.

Matthew Sonsini Returns to Wilson Firm

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 25, 2016

The son of firm chairman Larry Sonsini had spent the past eight years at the Sobrato Organization, but said changes in the tech landscape make it a good time to return to his private-company practice.

Greenberg Traurig Goes Beyond Rudy, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 21, 2016

Besides allying with Rudy Giuliani in an election year, Greenberg Traurig has hired several other notable partners this month; Orrick opens in Houston; Paul Weiss litigators start their own boutique; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Facebook Settles Suit Over Purchases By Minors

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 19, 2016

The proposed deal provides no cash to class members but changes the way Facebook will handle refund requests.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 18, 2016

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Privacy Firm Drops Suit Against Twitter

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 15, 2016

Edelson attorney Alexander Nguyen is abandoning claims overTwitter's handling of direct messages.

Fantasy Sports Sites Add Lobbying Muscle in Sacramento

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 08, 2016

Both companies recently drafted the firm that represents Facebook and Uber in the state capital.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2016

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 07, 2016

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

Dickstein Litigators Decamp, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2016

Two litigation partners depart Dickstein Shapiro's shrinking New York office; Cooley lands a high-profile M&A partner from O'Melveny & Myers; Pillsbury plucks an insurance team from Orrick; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Judge: Monkey Can't Sue Over Selfie

Ross Todd : The Recorder : January 06, 2016

Those advocating for the crested macaque Naruto have no standing under the Copyright Act, said U.S. District Judge William Orrick III.

Facebook's $20 Million Privacy Settlement Clears Appeals Court

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 06, 2016

In a dissent, Ninth Circuit Judge Carlos Bea said he would have rejected a $2 million "windfall" to nonprofit groups and given the money to class members instead.

O'Melveny's M&A Head Jumps to Cooley

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 04, 2016

Stephen Tonsfeldt joins the firm's Palo Alto office.

O'Melveny & Myers Loses M&A Head to Cooley

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2016

Cooley kicks off 2016 with a big lateral addition in Silicon Valley.

INADMISSIBLE: Law Firms Drop Into Morning Mix on NPR

: The National Law Journal : January 04, 2016

There must be something extra alluring about a public radio voice coasting over the five syllables of Zuck-Er-Man-Spae-Der. The litigation boutique and a handful of general service law firms with offices in Washington bought National Public Radio sponsorships in 2015, positioning their names on the hottest auditory advertising avenue of the year. Plus more in this week's column.

Law Firms Drop Into Morning Mix on DC's NPR Station

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : December 30, 2015

Litigation boutique Zuckerman Spaeder and a handful of general-service law firms with offices in Washington bought National Public Radio sponsorships in 2015, positioning their names on the hottest auditory advertising avenue of the year.

In-House Forecast: More Data Protection, More Data Collection

David Ruiz : The Recorder : December 30, 2015

Like many GCs, Eleanor Lacey of SurveyMonkey says complying with European privacy rules is a top priority. So is enhancing her department's use of metrics.

Katten, Kaye Scholer, Probe Partner in Shkreli Matters

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 23, 2015

Evan Greebel, a Kaye Scholer partner who faces federal wire fraud charges, also is coping with two internal investigations into his work for the controversial pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, who federal prosecutors say ran a Ponzi scheme.

Finalist, Intellectual Property: Cooley

Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

The secret behind Cooley's success: No stars, just talent.

Katten, Kaye Scholer Both Probing Partner Over Shkreli Charges

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 21, 2015

Evan Greebel, facing wire fraud charges for his ties to an accused Ponzi schemer, remains at Kaye Scholer as the firm commences an internal investigation into his alleged misconduct. His former firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman, has also launched a probe.

Meet the Winners: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

A repeat winner claims the top prize in The American Lawyer's Litigation Department of the Year contest, while three practice area winners, 11 finalists and six individual litigators are honored for outstanding successes in the hardest-fought cases.

Big Suits

Scott Flaherty : The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

Procaps v. Patheon; In Re: Hulu Privacy Litigation; Schuh v. HCA Holdings; Price v. Philip Morris

Slideshow: Litigation Department of the Year

: The American Lawyer : December 21, 2015

Meet the 15 firms and six individual litigators honored in The American Lawyer's biennial Litigation Department of the Year issue.

Groups Filling the Justice Gap

: The Recorder : December 20, 2015

Ten local legal nonprofits who lawyers say are particulary effective and creative in delivering legal services to underserved populations.

NJ Senate Confirms 16 Judicial Nominations

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : December 17, 2015

The New Jersey Senate on Dec. 17 confirmed 10 nominations to the Superior Court and two to the Workers' Compensation Court, as well as approving four sitting trial judges for tenure.

Kaye Scholer Partner, Pharma Exec Plead Not Guilty to Fraud Charges

Nell Gluckman, Christine Simmons and Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : December 17, 2015

Evan Greebel, a Kaye Scholer corporate partner who joined the firm's New York office this summer, was arrested Thursday morning on charges of participating in a securities fraud scheme with former hedge fund manager-turned-pharmaceutical- executive Martin Shkreli.