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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

Jenner & Block to Launch in London

Chris Johnson : The Am Law Daily : March 25, 2015

The Chicago-based firm has announced that it will open a disputes-focused office in London later this spring to meet the increasing international needs of its clients.

Kilpatrick Must Face Fraud Claims Over IP Secrets

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : March 25, 2015

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lost a bid to escape claims that it helped a client dupe another company into turning over confidential information.

New Mini-IPO Will Have Few Takers in the Valley

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 25, 2015

The SEC pushed out final rules for Regulation A+ offerings, but lawyers say there are easier and better ways for small companies to raise capital.

School Board May Have to Fund Guard's Sexual Assault Defense

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : March 25, 2015

The Trenton, New Jersey, school board may have to pay the defense costs of a security guard who was charged in a civil lawsuit with sexually assaulting a student, the state's Supreme Court ruled on March 25.

L.A. v. Bd. of Educ. of City of Trenton

: New Jersey Law Journal : March 25, 2015

School Employee May Be Entitled to Defense Costs in Student's Sexual Assault Suit

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Mintz Levin Holds Flat Amid Partner Moves

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : March 23, 2015

For Mintz Levin, 2014 was a relatively flat year financially amid notable changes in the partnership ranks. Gross revenue inched up by 1.9 percent, to $316 million, while revenue per lawyer and profits per partner each increased by less than a percent to $760,000 and $955,000, respectively.

How to Get a Job at Apple

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 20, 2015

There's no clear path to landing an in-house post. But it doesn't hurt to work at MoFo.

Baker Donelson, Alston & Bird Make Fortune's Best Companies List

Meredith Hobbs : Daily Report : March 19, 2015

Two firms in Atlanta made Fortune's annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz was No. 30 on the list and Alston & Bird was No. 41.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : March 19, 2015

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

Polsinelli Sets Up Shop in Raleigh, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 17, 2015

After raiding Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough for five health care partners, fast-growing Polinselli will open an office in Raleigh; Gibson Dunn and Winston & Strawn add new practice leaders; the NSA's top lawyer returns to Mayer Brown; three former federal prosecutors flock to Robins Kaplan and Wilmer; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Jawbone Maker Counterclaims OK'd in Infringement Suit

Saranac Hale Spencer : The Legal Intelligencer : March 12, 2015

The maker of Jawbone activity trackers, which has been accused of infringing on another company's patents, has brought a counterclaim for inequitable conduct on the patent holder.

Two Texas Partners Leave Vinson, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : March 10, 2015

Sidley Austin and Katten Muchin Rosenman snag Vinson & Elkins partners in Houston; Honigman adds a former U.S. senator; K&L Gates bags eight lawyers in two cities; Mayer Brown and Chadbourne & Parke make additions in Mexico City; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Citing 'Alice,' Judge Crushes Four HP Patents

Ross Todd : The Recorder : March 10, 2015

In a win for Cooley, a San Jose judge ruled the patents related to managing I.T. service requests cover abstract ideas that cannot be patented.

News and Gossip

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : March 09, 2015

Five firms on Fortune's list; the hubris of law grads; Amal's latest gig.

Recorder Names Litigation Department of the Year Winners

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : March 06, 2015

In addition to overall and speciality practice awards, honorees include high-impact in-house counsel.

New Partners: Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

New Partners: Broad and Cassel

: Daily Business Review : March 02, 2015

Using Dissolution to Wind Down a Company

Marlisse Silver Sweeney : Corporate Counsel : February 27, 2015

When a bankruptcy filing or corporate reorganization isn't necessary, the Delaware Corporate Dissolution can be a better call.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 26, 2015

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

Big Deals

: The American Lawyer : February 26, 2015

Shire / NPS; HeidelbergCement Asset Sale; Shake Shack IPO; Marlin / NuDevco / Azure; Facebook / Wit.ai / Quickfire; OnCore/ Tekmira

Judges to Review Challenges to NYU's Expansion Proposal

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : February 25, 2015

The Court of Appeals will hear a legal challenge brought by residents and preservation groups trying to halt New York University's ambitious expansion plans in Greenwich Village.

Valley Firms Set Blistering Pace in a Strong Economic Year

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 20, 2015

Joe Conroy's Cooley saw revenue climb 19 percent, while Orrick was flat and Pillsbury struggled to stay ahead of a surging Sheppard Mullin.

Firm Refugees Find New Homes, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 17, 2015

Big firms take on more partners from Bingham McCutchen and Edwards Wildman Palmer; Dentons heads to Northern Virginia; King & Spalding snags a rival's IP litigation co-head; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

On the Move

: The Recorder : February 17, 2015

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

Lower Tier Leads in Diversity

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : February 16, 2015

The percentage of African-American and Hispanic students enrolled in law school increased between 2010 and 2013, but those gains came almost exclusively at less prestigious law schools with lower admission standards, according to new research.

Dickstein Shapiro Continues to See Departures, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 15, 2015

Dickstein Shapiro's deputy IP practice leader joins Arent Fox; Brown Rudnick brings on two 'Big Short' litigators; Latham & Watkins hires in London; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200. On the Move is compiled from law firm announcements and reporting. Please send all memos and news releases to thechurn@alm.com.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 12, 2015

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

Sidley Takes M&A Partner From Cooley's Valley Office

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 11, 2015

Jennifer Fitchen has led large deals in life sciences.

Wilson Grows Top Line, Lifts Per Partner Profits to $1.9 Million

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 11, 2015

Revenues up 12 percent, head count up 8 percent in a robust year for tech-focused firms.

Cooley's Revenue, Profits Surge

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : February 10, 2015

Gross revenue jumps 19 percent as head count grows 12 percent and partner profits reach $1.7 million.