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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

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