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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

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.

Cravath's Next Qualcomm Assignment: Fending Off the FTC

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : February 10, 2015

Cravath, Swaine & Moore may have taken a back seat in Qualcomm Inc.'s $975 million settlement with Chinese antitrust authorities. But there'll be plenty more work for the firm before Qualcomm's regulatory and litigation troubles are over.

Law School Diversity Improves—But Only at the Bottom

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : February 10, 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.

An Early Look at The 2015 Am Law 100

: The American Lawyer : February 09, 2015

The Am Law Daily's early coverage of 2014 financial results of The Am Law 100/200 includes an examination into what's going on behind the numbers. This list will be updated as new results become available. Final rankings and full results for The Am Law 100 will be published in The American Lawyer's May 2015 issue and The Am Law Second Hundred will be published in the June issue.

Wielding 'Alice,' Tech Giants Trounce Digital Photo Patent

Scott Graham : The Recorder : February 09, 2015

Siding with lawyers for Facebook, Instagram and other social-media companies, a federal judge in Virginia invalidated a patent on taking, tagging, organizing and storing digital photos.

Squire Patton Boggs Health Care Leaders Defect, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : February 08, 2015

Jones Day and Polsinelli pick up a pair of Squire Patton Boggs health care practice leaders; Dickinson Wright and Jackson Lewis prepare for new offices; Paul Weiss picks up a top federal prosecutor; Willkie Farr makes another hire in Houston; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Ninth Circuit Cool to New Wave of Privacy Suits

Ross Todd : The Recorder : February 06, 2015

A three-judge panel seemed unlikely in arguments Friday to revive suits against Netflix and Sony under the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : February 05, 2015

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Marketplace

Monica Paquette : New York Law Journal : February 04, 2015

Washington, D.C.-based litigation firm Zuckerman Spaeder has completed the final touches to its new midtown Manhattan offices at 399 Park Ave. Also, one of the country's largest accounting firms, CohnReznick LLP, has signed a long-term lease for a new location for its national headquarters.

Trust Darwin: How Tech Will Disrupt, Save the Legal Profession

Monica Bay : Law Technology News : February 02, 2015

Big Law leaders need to go to more major league baseball games.

In the Family Way

Patience Haggin : Corporate Counsel : February 01, 2015

A new kind of general counsel starts a law firm practice group.

Ed Tech Boom Brings New Test for Privacy Regulators

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 30, 2015

Aden Fine, the chief privacy officer of a company that makes closed social networks for classrooms, says a new California law doesn't pose any problems, but other regulations might.

Zipcar Can't Dodge Late-Fee Suit

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 29, 2015

Denying a motion to dismiss, U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson said fees of $50 to $150 may be disproportionate to costs incurred by the company.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 29, 2015

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Lateral Hiring Stays Strong, but Firms Curb Pay Pledges

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2015

Lateral hiring remains at a near record, but more firms seek to manage risk by pulling back on compensation guarantees.

SEC Taps New SF Enforcement Chief

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : January 28, 2015

Erin Schneider, a 10-year veteran of the agency, warned defense lawyers her team is ready to take cases to trial.

Drone Law Practices Are Beginning to Take Flight

Andrew Ramonas and Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2015

Lawyers and lobbyists are recruiting clients for what they hope will prove a lucrative field.

Box IPO Seen as a Hopeful Harbinger

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 23, 2015

The company's year-delayed opening, handled by Wilson Sonsini, is the first Valley offering in 2015.