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Cooley LLP

  • Designation: Palo Alto
  • Head Count: 755
  • Gross Revenues: $802,000,000
  • Revenue Per Lawyer: $1,060,000
  • Profits Per Partner: $1,735,000
  • Year Over Year Change: 8

Cooley is a Palo Alto-based law firm.  According to the National Law Journal's 2015 NLJ 350 ranking of firms based on size, Cooley has 755 attorneys and is the 48th largest firm in the United States.  With $802,000,000 in gross revenue in 2014, the firm placed 37th on The American Lawyer's 2015 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 37 8 Gross revenue
Am Law 200 37 8 Gross revenue
NLJ 250 57 2 Lawyer head count
The A-List 37 -6 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

BAR-ometer: Latham Gets Last Laugh

: The Recorder : August 28, 2015

A California appeals court called the firm's anti-SLAPP motion for Oracle an obvious delay tactic—and by golly, it worked.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 27, 2015

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

The Top 20 Personal Injury Awards

Juliette Gillespie : New Jersey Law Journal : August 27, 2015

New Jersey's Top 20 personal injury recoveries this year were, overall, much lower than last year's.

VC Deals Had Sunny Second Quarter

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 26, 2015

Startups had a lot of leverage in deals closed by Fenwick and Cooley, but clouds loom.

Shout-Out: Cooley and Kirkland & Ellis

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 25, 2015

Win-win is a cliché, but it's an apt description of what went down between Cooley client Gevo Inc. and rival Butamax Advanced Biofuels, represented by Kirkland & Ellis.

Clients on Yelp Give Lawyers an Earful

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 25, 2015

Yelp reviews are a great way to choose a restaurant for brunch. But what about for hiring a lawyer?

Deal Watch: 'Female Viagra' Spawns More Skadden, S&C Deal Work

Jennifer Henderson and Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 20, 2015

Sprout Pharmaceuticals didn't have to wait long for a big-name buyer to spring big bucks for the nascent drug developer. Sullivan & Cromwell took the lead for the company, founded in 2011, on its $1 billion sale this week to longtime Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom client Valeant Pharmaceuticals International.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : August 13, 2015

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

A Real Fight Over Virtual Reality

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : August 11, 2015

Facebook's Oculus Rift virtual reality headset is poised to transform the $90 billion video gaming industry. But like most lucrative inventions, it's also the subject of a fierce intellectual property dispute, pitting lawyers from Skadden against a team from Cooley. This week, Skadden scored big.

Data Security Firm Hit With Suit Over Cyberattack

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : August 10, 2015

Plaintiffs lawyers claim MobileIron misled investors by failing to disclose that its platform had been hacked before its 2014 IPO.

On the Move

: New York Law Journal : August 10, 2015

Among other moves, Steptoe & Johnson has added Wendell Willkie II as of counsel, joining the firm from MeadWestvaco, where he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary.

Debevoise Loses Intellectual Property Group Chief to DOJ

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : August 10, 2015

Bruce Keller, the 60-year-old leader of Debevoise & Plimpton's IP litigation group, has taken on an unlikely new role as an assistant U.S. attorney in New Jersey.

King & Spalding Is California Bound, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 09, 2015

Eight lawyers are leaving DLA Piper's outpost in Sacramento for King & Spalding; Weil, Gotshal & Manges loses two structured finance partners; more partnership changes at K&L Gates; and other notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

Merry-Go-Round at Milbank, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : August 04, 2015

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy brings on a Jones Day M&A duo in New York, as the firm watched two others head for the door; Morrison & Foerster adds a pair from Crowell & Moring; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Morning Wrap: The Legal Times 150 | Companies Sour on Delaware | Lateral Boom of Older Lawyers

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : August 03, 2015

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Inside Washington's largest law firms, the harsh realities of probation and an increase in lateral hires of older lawyers.

Mergers Shake Up List of Largest D.C. Law Offices

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : August 03, 2015

Covington & Burling, at the top of The National Law Journal's list of Wash­ington's largest firms for the second consecutive year, added about 15 total lawyers last year in a time when elite firms, especially ones that focus on litigation, find the most ability to expand in Washington.

End of Privacy or End of Litigation?

Ross Todd : Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Defense lawyers express confidence that privacy class actions are waning.

Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : August 01, 2015

Introducing the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law

The Recorder Staff : The Recorder : July 31, 2015

This year's list of 60 women includes 10 "power players" who are using their positions and achievements to advocate for women.

A Lateral Boom of Older Lawyers

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : July 30, 2015

More than 40 percent of partners at Am Law 200 firms are in their 50s and 60s.

Sidley Takes Two from Manatt in L.A.

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : July 28, 2015

Firm leaders say it's a good time to invest in Southern California talent.

The Donald v. The World

Jenna Greene : The Litigation Daily : July 27, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has a long track record as a litigant. A look at his forays in court shows a fondness for lawsuits at odds with GOP calls for tort reform.

Baker Bags Two Amid Belfast Opening, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 27, 2015

Baker & McKenzie opens a back-office outpost in Northern Ireland while making a high-profile addition in London; a bevy of moves at Buchanan Ingersoll; Stroock raids Squire Patton Boggs; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Big Deals

Jennifer Henderson : The American Lawyer : July 27, 2015

In-House Counsel Profile: Touro College and University System's Michael Newman

Richard Acello : The National Law Journal : July 27, 2015

"My day doesn't end at 6."

Failed Tech Startups Fuel Insolvency Firms

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 24, 2015

In Silicon Valley, where "fail fast, fail often" is a mantra, bankruptcy lawyers stay busy, boom or bust.

2015 New Leaders of the Bar: The List

: New Jersey Law Journal : July 24, 2015

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : July 23, 2015

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

The American Lawyer Names 2015 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : July 23, 2015

The contest attracted 225 strong entries across 30 categories, and honors firms and legal departments involved in the globe's most distinguished deals, disputes and social initiatives.

Schiff Hardin and Steptoe Make Squire Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : July 22, 2015

Squire Patton Boggs sees more partners depart; two more lawyers peel away from O'Melveny & Myers; another IP litigator leaves Kenyon & Kenyon; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.