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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

Two Partners Join Jones Day, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 11, 2016

Jones Day recruits two new partners on opposite coasts after a top restructuring duo departs; Milbank makes a rare lateral hire; Paul Hastings makes some high-profile additions; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Head Count Declines Outpaced Growth Among NY Firms

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : July 11, 2016

The largest law firms in New York showed wide disparity in attorney head count growth, and gains at some firms were outweighed by deep drops at others.

Boston Firm Acquires Walnut Creek Shop for 3rd California Office

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : July 08, 2016

Litigation firm Manion Gaynor & Manning absorbed the seven-attorney Walnut Creek firm Glaspy & Glaspy this week. The former Glaspy & Glaspy office will be Manion Gaynor's third outpost in California and the ninth nationwide for the Boston-based firm.

Tech Continues to Drive Growth at Calif. Firms

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : July 08, 2016

Valley specialists like Gunderson saw head counts surge, while firms with more general practices like Latham & Watkins also saw an uptick in the state and nationally.

BAR-ometer: Bragging Rights for HP

: The Recorder : July 05, 2016

Plus, Cooley comes through for Facebook (again). And payday comes for Hagens Berman.

Garmon v. County of Los Angeles

: The Recorder : July 05, 2016

Tender Offer in Merger Subject to Business Judgment Rule, Chancery Says

Tom McParland : Delaware Business Court Insider : July 05, 2016

A tender-offer approval of an all-cash merger had the same cleansing effect as a stockholder vote, qualifying the deal for scrutiny under the forgiving business judgment rule, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves ruled June 30, interpreting a recent line of opinions from the Delaware Supreme Court.

In-House Counsel Profile: Elisa Smith

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : July 04, 2016

"Watch for forks in the road that can lead you to a GC job, have your eyes open, and don't be afraid to take risks, or pay cuts."

Attorneys, Court Expedite Bankruptcy of Women's Retailer

Celia Ampel : Daily Business Review : June 29, 2016

A Miami bankruptcy judge confirmed the liquidation plan of women's clothing retailer Simply Fashion Stores Ltd.

June Laterals: Firms Snap Up Ex-Government and White Collar Litigators

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : June 29, 2016

Many of June's most notable lateral hires involved litigators exiting the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Other significant moves featured lawyers who specialize in being adverse to the government. Thanks, Uncle Sam.

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.

Cooley Raids Pillsbury, MoFo for Two Big IP Hires

Rebecca Cohen : The Recorder : June 28, 2016

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman's trademark practice leader in L.A. and a young IP partner at MoFo in Silicon Valley have decamped for Cooley.

'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.

How One Silicon Valley Firm Beat the Odds and Made Big Gains

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.