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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 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

Big Suits

Scott Flaherty, Scott Graham and Rebekah Mintzer : The American Lawyer : June 29, 2015

Apple v. Samsung; Eon Corp. v. AT&T Mobility; ASCAP v. Pandora; Chicago v. Purdue Pharma

Cooley Partner Levine to Take Helm of JTS Board

Andrew Denney : New York Law Journal : June 26, 2015

Alan Levine, a senior litigation partner in Cooley's New York office, on July 1 will become the chair of the board of trustees for The Jewish Theological Seminary, the flagship institution for Conservative Judaism.

From Fitbit to Fogo de Chão, Big-Firm Lawyers Enjoying IPO Party

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 25, 2015

From Fitbit to Fogo de Chão, capital markets lawyers at Am Law 100 firms are reaping the benefits from a fresh round of initial public offerings, as June shapes up to be potentially the best month by volume for U.S. listings since 1999.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 25, 2015

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

Top 10 Numbers From Our Special Report on Women

Kim Kleman, editor-in-chief : The American Lawyer : June 23, 2015

We've uncovered some sobering statistics in our special report on women in Big Law.

On the Move

: The Recorder : June 22, 2015

New hires, promotions, appointments and awards in-house, at firms, and in government and academia.

Law Firm Investments Pay Off in $2.1 Billion Kythera Deal

Jennifer Henderson : The Am Law Daily : June 22, 2015

Partner earnings are still making their way into client coffers through law firm investment funds—and firms are reaping both returns and deal work from their investment targets.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : June 22, 2015

Laterals and new arrivals in this week's column.

Facebook Founder Says House-Sale Suit on Shaky Ground

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : June 19, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg's lawyers at Cooley said Thursday that their investigation has raised "serious concerns about the credibility of plaintiffs' claims."

Top Firms for Women for Equity and Power

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : June 19, 2015

Forty-four firms get WILEF's seal of approval.

Alsup Crushes Cooley Bid to Wipe Out ADR Award

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : June 19, 2015

Employers like Open Text steer disputes into arbitration at their own risk, the judge said.

Judge Bounces Female Basketball Ref's Civil Rights Suit

Charles Toutant : New Jersey Law Journal : June 18, 2015

A female basketball referee's discrimination suit claiming she is barred from officiating boys' varsity basketball games based on gender has been dismissed after a federal judge ruled that a school district and basketball officials' organization don't amount to employers.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 18, 2015

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

Cooley, Latham Assist in Axovant IPO

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 16, 2015

Investors hope the Bermuda-based company, now valued at $3 billion, can deliver an Alzheimer's drug.

New Pot Bar Has Some Lawyers Seeing Green

Nell Gluckman : The Am Law Daily : June 14, 2015

After going live last week, a pot bar began luring lawyers nationwide into its ranks. The National Cannabis Bar Association counts a current Akerman partner and former Reed Smith partner as members of its founding board of directors as the organization seeks to bring a relatively niche practice area into the mainstream.

StubHub Loses GC to Car-Share Startup

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 12, 2015

Michelle Fang, a longtime eBay lawyer, is joining San Francisco's RelayRides as its first general counsel

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 11, 2015

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

Merger Maneuvering Brings Gains on the NLJ 350

Sheri Qualters : The National Law Journal : June 10, 2015

Major mergers last year landed two newly created firms on the NLJ 350, and smaller combinations resulted in jumps up the list for five other firms.The search for opportunities—new clients, practices and geographic markets—in the face of a static market for legal services drove most of the marriages, according to firm leaders and consultants. Overall, law firm head counts on the NLJ 350 were flat in 2014, increasing by a mere 0.6 percent.

Prosecutors Cite Emails Suggesting Dewey Defendants Duped Lenders

Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : June 09, 2015

Prosecutors in the criminal trial of three former Dewey & LeBoeuf executives for the first time Tuesday presented evidence that sought to show that defendants lied to their bankers about how the now-defunct firm spent the money it received from lenders. Meanwhile, a former entertainment partner at the firm lost a court fight in London.

Anne Hathaway's Dad Joins Drinker Biddle, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : June 07, 2015

Drinker Biddle & Reath adds a labor and employment partner with star power; Bryan Cave parts ways with a former senator; Greenberg Traurig grabs two former Dewey & LeBoeuf dealmakers; four firms raid Kirkland & Ellis; and other notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Another Securities Case Founders on Confidential Witnesses

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 04, 2015

Thanks to tough pleading standards, securities plaintiffs frequently turn to confidential witnesses to beef up their complaints. Relying on informants can help nudge a case past a motion to dismiss, but the practice has become a minefield for the securities class action plaintiffs bar, as a recent Southern District decision shows.

This Week's Deals

David Ruiz : The Recorder : June 04, 2015

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

Cooley

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : June 01, 2015

The "Like" and "Share" buttons are integral to Face­book, but did the social-media giant infringe two patents by employing them on its site? That's what Rembrandt Social Media L.P. — a so-called "patent troll" — claimed in 2013 when it sued Facebook Inc. In stepped the intellectual property litigation team at Cooley.

The 2015 IP Hot List

: The National Law Journal : June 01, 2015

This week we recognize 15 law firms that accomplish great things in the realm of intellectual property law.

Another Securities Case Founders on Confidential Witnesses

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : June 01, 2015

Relying on informants can help nudge a case past a motion to dismiss—but the practice has become minefield for the securities class action plaintiffs bar.

Who You Gonna Call?

David Ruiz : Corporate Counsel : June 01, 2015

Apple hires a diverse group of lawyers from many sources.

Hogan Lovells Hires on Three Continents, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : May 30, 2015

Three partners head to Hogan Loveless; Fried Frank raids Kirkland & Ellis in London; another Dickstein Shapiro partner departs; a Florida firm goes on a hiring spree; and more notable additions from throughout The Am Law 200.

For-Profit Schools Lose Challenge to New Federal Aid Rules

Scott Flaherty : The Litigation Daily : May 29, 2015

Southern District Judge Lewis Kaplan agreed to throw out a lawsuit over recent Department of Education rulemaking related to so-called gainful employment requirements in the laws that govern federal financial aid.

Wave of Privacy Suits Peters Out

Ross Todd : The Recorder : May 29, 2015

Despite big predictions and the potential of statutory damages, lawyers like Cooley's Mike Rhodes say plaintiffs aren't making much progress.

DLA Adds Corporate Partner in the Valley

David Ruiz : The Recorder : May 28, 2015

Louis Lehot had been at Cooley for the past two years.