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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 2014 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cooley has 673 attorneys and is the 57th largest firm in the United States.  With $674,000,000 in gross revenue in 2013, the firm placed 45th on The American Lawyer's 2014 Am Law 200 ranking.  On the 2013 Global 100 survey, Cooley ranked as the 53rd 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 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

This Week's Deals

: The Recorder : October 30, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

A Resurgent Canadian Tech Sector Draws U.S. Interest

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

As American investors sniff out Canadian tech deals, a few U.S. law firms are increasingly active north of the border.

New Partners Ambivalent About Rainmaking, Survey Finds

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

Half of respondents say that business generation—usually seen as the key to an elusive inner circle—is a very important factor in their success.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

The Recorder Names Winners of Innovator Awards

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : October 24, 2014

The 25 honorees are being recognized for fresh approaches to improving delivery of legal services to clients of all kinds.

Six Am Law 100 Firms Smooth Way for Another Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

As the U.S. moves to become the world's largest oil producer, lawyers from Cooley, Latham & Watkins, McGuireWoods, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are helping QEP Resources unload its natural gas pipeline and processing unit for $2.5 billion in cash to Tesoro Logistics, a refinery operator owned by Tesoro Corp.

Award-Winning Innovative Projects Address Law Firm Culture

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The most innovative projects in legal business this year help firms understand how they work and diversify their staffs.

IPRs Shift the Patent-Lit Playing Field

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 17, 2014

Pure litigation shops, like Clement Roberts' Durie Tangri, need to partner with PTO practitioners for what's become a team sport.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 16, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

NYU Wins Bid for $6 Billion Greenwich Village Expansion

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : October 15, 2014

A Manhattan appeals court has paved the way for New York University to proceed with a controversial expansion plan, overturning a lower court's ruling that would have blocked much of the development.

Alan Levine

Rebecca Baker : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Beyond the countless hours he personally has dedicated to pro bono causes, he was a driving force in making New York the first state to require 50 hours of pro bono work from prospective lawyers.

Judge Makes Key Ruling in Family Business Fray

Suevon Lee : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

A Manhattan Commercial Division judge has awarded damages and attorney fees—plus a 25 percent share of a company valued at nearly $9 million—to a minority shareholder who was squeezed out of a family-run textile business.

Cooley, Baker, Wilson Advise NetScout on $2.6 Billion Danaher Deal

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 13, 2014

For tax reasons, deal was structured as a Reverse Morris Trust—a rarity in tech circles.

Cooley Wins Attorney Fees After NexTag Patent Trial Win

Susan Beck : The Litigation Daily : October 10, 2014

A federal judge in Charlotte held that LendingTree and its lawyers at Sheppard Mullin engaged in unreasonable litigation tactics against Cooley client NexTag and must pay a large portion of Cooley's fees.

Law Firms in Phila. Market Looking In-House for Talent

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : October 10, 2014

While the Philadelphia lateral market has been languishing when it comes to firms hiring from one another, in-house counsel seem to be an attractive draw.

In Family Business Fray, a Key Appraisal Ruling

Suevon Lee : Commercial Litigation Insider : October 10, 2014

A Manhattan Commercial Division judge has awarded damages and attorney fees—plus a 25 percent share of a company valued at nearly $9 million—to a minority shareholder who was squeezed out of a family-run textile business.

Head Count Moves in Opposite Extremes at Patton Boggs, Stinson Leonard

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 08, 2014

Legacy firm Patton Boggs, along with Kenyon & Kenyon, McKenna Long & Aldridge, Bingham McCutchen and Dickstein Shapiro, were the Am Law 200 firms that saw their attorney head counts drop the most over the past 12 months, according to data compiled by ALM's RivalEdge. A handful of Am Law 200 firms saw double-digit percentage increases, including Stinson Leonard Street, mostly as a result of mergers.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : October 06, 2014

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 02, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Cooley Moves $950 Million Sale of Move Inc. to News Corp.

David Ruiz : The Recorder : September 30, 2014

Palo Alto-based partner Jennifer Fonner Fitchen led the Cooley team. News Corp. turned to Skadden for counsel.

Big Suits

Jan Wolfe : The American Lawyer : September 29, 2014

U.S. ex rel. O'Donnell v. Countrywide; In re AIG 2008 Securities Litigation; ViaSat v. Space Systems/Loral; Gilead v. La Roche; O'Bannon v. NCAA

Am Law Trio Tapped for Encana's $5.3 Billion Energy Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : September 29, 2014

Canada's Encana Corp. has turned to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, Vinson & Elkins and Canadian firm Blakes, Cassels & Graydon for legal advice on its acquisition of Fort Worth-based Athlon Energy Inc. Latham & Watkins is representing Athlon.

'Best' Law Professors

: The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

Women Find a Way Back Into Big Law Careers

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : September 29, 2014

The OnRamp Fellowship, which places women who have been out of the profession for at least three years into one-year positions paying $125,000 at large firms, represents a small step toward changing the perception that major law firms are not places where women or minorities thrive.

BAR-ometer: Uber Lawyers Up

: The Recorder : September 26, 2014

Area Firms Join Program for Women Reentering Practice

Gina Passarella : The Legal Intelligencer : September 26, 2014

Two Pennsylvania law firms are part of a crop of 15 firms nationally that have agreed to hire fellows as part of the OnRamp Fellowship, a program designed to help female attorneys reenter the workforce after taking a few years off.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : September 24, 2014

With designs on a new downtown location, engineering firm AKF Group LLC has signed a 15-year lease with Brookfield Office Properties for its New York City office at One Liberty Plaza. Also, technology company BetterCloud has signed a 10-year lease for 12,500 square feet at 330 Seventh Ave., between 28th and 29th streets.

SEC Takes Tough Stance Against Former Silicon Valley CEO

Ross Todd : The Recorder : September 24, 2014

Saba Software, represented by Morrison & Foerster partner Craig Martin, agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle accounting fraud charges. And in a rare move, the agency extracted $2.5 million from the company's former CEO even though he was not accused of any wrongdoing.

Cooley Takes Capital Markets Partner From Latham

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : September 23, 2014

Akin Loses Two, But Again Raids Bingham, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : September 23, 2014

Bingham McCutchen lost four more partners to Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld this week in Hong Kong and London, as the former continues to pursue a potential merger with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. McCarter & English adds eight partners of its own through a merger, Jones Day hires another Latin American dealmaker and more notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.