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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

Indiana Tech and Tennessee Name New Law Deans

: The National Law Journal : November 25, 2014

Melanie Wilson, now associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Kansas School of Law, and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School's associate dean of faculty Charles Cercone assume new deanships in 2015.

D.C. Circuit to Give Second Look At SEC's Conflict-Minerals Rule

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : November 24, 2014

In a rare move, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will rehear a case challenging the U.S. Securities and Exchange Com­mission's conflict-minerals rule.

Law Schools Victorious in Most Suits Over Employment Stats

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : November 24, 2014

A suit claiming Widener University School of Law overstated its post-graduate employment rates is reaching a critical juncture just as a broader legal attack on law schools' marketing practices seems to be running out of gas.

Wiley Rein Nears Deal With McBee Strategic Lobbyists

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 19, 2014

Wiley Rein has been in talks to acquire McBee lobbyists, likely as a subsidiary, and a deal could be finalized by the end of the month. The McBee Strategic lobbyists received offer letters from a law firm late Monday night.

Alsup Refuses to Block Rate Hike at Cloud Storage Firm

Ross Todd : The Recorder : November 19, 2014

Lieff Cabraser attorneys representing a Bitcasa customer said the San Mateo company hadn't given users sufficient notice to move their data elsewhere.

Sidley Austin Snags Houston Duo, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 18, 2014

Two Andrews Kurth partners peel off for Sidley Austin in Houston's hot lateral market; a handful of firms make big hires in London; Blank Rome adds a pair from Bingham McCutchen; and other notable moves from throughout The Am Law 200.

Drug Defenders

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 17, 2014

Gilead Sciences prevailed in a case over whether it was the rightful owner of a new blockbuster drug

After Stint as Sergey Brin's Lawyer, Partner Returns to Cooley

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : November 17, 2014

Erik Edwards plans to launch a so-called family office practice group to cater to wealthy clients with extensive business interests and assets.

Bases Covered

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 17, 2014

The pharmaceutical company's legal department has helped it come out on top in disputes and stay out of trouble with regulators.

Circuit: 'The Big Short' Scribe Did Not Defame CDO Manager

Mark Hamblett : New York Law Journal : November 17, 2014

Libel claims were correctly dismissed against author Michael Lewis, who portrayed a manager of collateralized debt obligations as a symbol of subprime mortgage market corruption and the 2008 financial collapse, a federal appeals court has ruled.

CDO Manager Chau Comes Up Short in Libel Appeal

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : November 14, 2014

After almost half a decade as a poster child for Wall Street greed and incompetence, investment adviser Wing Chau won a measure of sympathy from a judge on Friday. But for Chau and his lawyers at MoloLamken, the news is too little, too late.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 13, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

In Loss, Lawyers See Vehicle for Class Action Reform

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : November 12, 2014

A $203 million judgment affirmed against Wells Fargo runs afoul of federal restrictions on class actions, say the bank's lawyers at Covington & Burling.

Skadden, Weil Alum Nab Roles in Dendreon Bankruptcy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 10, 2014

In a down year for big corporate bankruptcies, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom bagged a big assignment Monday for Seattle-based biotechnology company Dendreon as the prostate cancer drug maker filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Also tapped by the debtor as claims agent in its Chapter 11 case is Prime Clerk, a company started last year by former Weil, Gotshal & Manges restructuring partner Shai Waisman.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : November 06, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

Cooley Makes it Sparkle in Jay Z Champagne Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Am Law Daily : November 05, 2014

New York-based wine and spirits company Sovereign Brands tapped Cooley for counsel on its sale of its interest in the Armand de Brignac Champagne brand to a new company led by hip-hop icon Shawn "Jay Z" Carter.

Answering the Call: D.C. Lawyers Work Election Hotline

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : November 04, 2014

Inside the Election Protection call center, where lawyers talk to voters from Pennsylvania and Florida on behalf of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The voters have called the hotline for help—how to vote, where to vote, what to take, or if they've encountered an issue—and often don't realize they're conferring with some of D.C.'s greatest legal brainpower.

New Partners Ambivalent About Rainmaking, Survey Finds

MP McQueen : The American Lawyer : November 03, 2014

Half of respondents say that business generation—usually seen as the key to an elusive inner circle—is a very important factor in their success.

November 2014 Deals & Suits

: Corporate Counsel : November 01, 2014

Steptoe Duo Decamps, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : November 01, 2014

A Steptoe & Johnson crisis manager joins a spin shop, while a former special counsel quietly departs; Kirkland adds another Skadden partner; King & Spalding brings on Bobby Jindal's brother; Baker & Hostetler bags three across the country; a Bingham IP star departs; and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

This Week's Deals

: The Recorder : October 30, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

A Resurgent Canadian Tech Sector Draws U.S. Interest

Julie Triedman : The American Lawyer : October 29, 2014

As American investors sniff out Canadian tech deals, a few U.S. law firms are increasingly active north of the border.

Who in Big Law Cut Checks for the Midterms?

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : October 28, 2014

The NLJ looks at how the legal industry supports certain interests and people, and where lobbying horsepower could focus in the coming years. In this report, we've highlighted midterm election contributions to three powerful members of Congress.

The Recorder Names Winners of Innovator Awards

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : October 24, 2014

The 25 honorees are being recognized for fresh approaches to improving delivery of legal services to clients of all kinds.

Six Am Law 100 Firms Smooth Way for Another Pipeline Deal

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : October 20, 2014

As the U.S. moves to become the world's largest oil producer, lawyers from Cooley, Latham & Watkins, McGuireWoods, Norton Rose Fulbright, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are helping QEP Resources unload its natural gas pipeline and processing unit for $2.5 billion in cash to Tesoro Logistics, a refinery operator owned by Tesoro Corp.

Award-Winning Innovative Projects Address Law Firm Culture

Katelyn Polantz : The National Law Journal : October 17, 2014

The most innovative projects in legal business this year help firms understand how they work and diversify their staffs.

IPRs Shift the Patent-Lit Playing Field

Patience Haggin : The Recorder : October 17, 2014

Pure litigation shops, like Clement Roberts' Durie Tangri, need to partner with PTO practitioners for what's become a team sport.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : October 16, 2014

A roundup of transactions involving Bay Area lawyers and companies.

NYU Wins Bid for $6 Billion Greenwich Village Expansion

Tania Karas : New York Law Journal : October 15, 2014

A Manhattan appeals court has paved the way for New York University to proceed with a controversial expansion plan, overturning a lower court's ruling that would have blocked much of the development.

Alan Levine

Rebecca Baker : New York Law Journal : October 14, 2014

Beyond the countless hours he personally has dedicated to pro bono causes, he was a driving force in making New York the first state to require 50 hours of pro bono work from prospective lawyers.