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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 LLP is a Palo Alto, California-based law firm that completed a merger with New York's Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman, to become Cooley LLP. In 2011, the firm ranked 57th on The American Lawyer's Am Law 100 rankings of U.S. law firms with gross revenue of $517,000,000 in 2010. On the 2011 Global 100 survey, the firm ranked as the 65th highest grossing law firm in the world. In terms of size, Cooley LLP ranked 63rd on the National Law Journal's 2011 NLJ 250 rankings, with 604 attorneys. Cooley LLP represents emerging growth and public companies and the financial institutions that serve their markets. Practice areas include antitrust, commercial litigation, life sciences transactions, venture capital, tax, and technology transactions. In addition to its four California offices, the firm has offices in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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

The Future of Law

Susan Beck : The American Lawyer : January 30, 2014

From IBM research facilities in New York to tiny startups in Silicon Valley, technology companies have set their sights on upending the legal services industry.

Deal of the Week: $21.4 Million Merger Completed After Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 28, 2014

"Moving parties have not established that they may suffer irreparable injury if relief is not granted, for which there is not an adequate remedy at law," wrote U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson of the Northern District of Texas in the order.

Wilson Assists Pfenex With IPO

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Palo Alto-based partner Jeffrey Saper and San Diego-based partner Dan Koeppen led the Wilson Sonsini team, while Lathan & Watkins advised underwriters.

The Churn: Arnold & Porter Adds to Ranks, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 26, 2014

Arnold & Porter takes on a couple of attorneys from Alston & Bird; the embattled Bingham McCutchen brings on a partner and more notable hires from throughout The Am Law 200.

Matthew E. Beck

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Wolff & Samson, West Orange

DLA Takes Life Sciences Partner From Hogan's Valley Office

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

Shane Albright advises biotech companies in strategic partnerships, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

The Careerist: The 10 Law Schools with the Most Applicants

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 24, 2014

Find out which law schools are the most sought-after in the land.

$21.4 Million Merger Completed After Motion for Preliminary Injunction Denied

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 23, 2014

"Moving parties have not established that they may suffer irreparable injury if relief is not granted, for which there is not an adequate remedy at law," wrote U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson of the Northern District of Texas in the order.

Cooley v. Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Photographs' Subsequent Licensure Infringed On Copyright to Sculptures of Dinosaur Eggs

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 18, 2014

The Kirwan touch … Under the Gunn … Earning oodles at Google

Donato Touches Patent Hot Spot in Sex-Toy Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

U.S. District Judge James Donato stayed litigation between two manufacturers of personal massagers pending inter partes review.

Zuckerberg Can't Duck Suit Over Real Estate Deal

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

A Santa Clara County judge ruled Tuesday that a real estate developer's breach of contract claim can proceed.

AECOM to Buy Engineering Rival for $6 Billion

Wenxiong Zhang : The Am Law Daily : January 14, 2014

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Cooley are advising on the deal, in which AECOM Technology Corp. will pay $4 billion in cash and stock and assume $2 billion in debt to acquire URS.

Dad's Gentle Persuasion Put Art Historian In Courtroom

Carlos Harrison : Daily Business Review : January 11, 2014

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Dawn Denaro studied art history in college until her dad, a high-profile defense attorney, gradually talked her into taking the LSAT.

The Careerist: Best Firms for the Summer (and After)

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 10, 2014

Vault's top law firms for summer programs and associate happiness.

Ninth Circuit Upholds LCD Price-Fixing Convictions

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

The Justice Department had authority to pursue Taiwan-based AU Optronics because millions of panels were imported into the U.S., the appeals court ruled.

Ninth Circuit Upholds LCD Price-Fixing Convictions

David Ruiz : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

The Justice Department had authority to pursue Taiwan-based AU Optronics because millions of panels were imported into the U.S., Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote.

U.S. Court Upholds AU Optronics' Price-Fixing Convictions

David Ruiz, The Recorder : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

The Justice Department had authority to pursue the Taiwan-based company because millions of panels were imported into the U.S., Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote.

The American Lawyer Chooses 2014 Global Legal Award Winners

Michael D. Goldhaber : The Am Law Daily : January 10, 2014

The American Lawyer unveils the 36 winners of its second annual Global Legal Awards. Four grand prizewinners—in Global M&A, Global Finance, Global Disputes and Global Citizenship—will be announced at the awards dinner on Sept. 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.

Kamins Returning to Bench While Investigation Proceeds

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 09, 2014

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Barry Kamins is going back to work next week as a civil court judge in Queens, while a judicial ethics panel investigates allegations that the jurist improperly served as a behind-the-scenes political advisor to embattled former District Attorney Charles "Joe" Hynes.

IN BRIEF: Leaving Abu Dhabi

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Six years after it opened, Holland & Knight is closing its Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, office and exiting the Middle East. Plus more from NLJ.com and other ALM publications.

Cooley, Latham Assist in Pharma Reverse Merger

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Privately held Paratek, advised by Cooley, took majority control of a publicly traded company with an insomnia drug.

Morning Wrap

Katelyn Polantz : Legal Times : January 03, 2014

Thomas M. Cooley Law School's troubles, Hobby Lobby responses and the biggest law firm merger of the year: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.

Cooley Law Suffers Setbacks Financially and in Court

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a trial judge's dismissal of a defamation lawsuit brought by the Thomas M. Cooley Law School against three plaintiffs lawyers who sued the school for alleged fraud in 2011.

The Morning Wrap

Todd Ruger : Legal Times : January 01, 2014

A round-up of news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country: Defamation lawsuit against law school dismissed, the genesis of a Justice Department case against a big bank, and the fallout of a case based on deceit.

Cooley Launches Document Generator for Startups

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

Craig Jacoby, chairman of firm's emerging company group, says Cooley GO is for entrepreneurs who need immediate answers.

Kurzon LLP v. Cooley

: New York Law Journal : January 30, 2014

No Long-Arm Jurisdiction Over Defamation Claims Against Michigan Law School, President

White House Touts Law Firm Pro Bono Work

Zoe Tillman : Legal Times : January 30, 2014

Vice President Joe Biden expressed his support for law firm pro bono programs during a meeting this month with representatives from more than a dozen firms.

Judge Tosses Defamation Suit Against Cooley Law

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 30, 2014

A federal judge in New York has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against Thomas M. Cooley Law School by a plaintiffs attorney who helped spearhead a series of fraud class actions against law schools in 2011.

A Wild Ride for Transport Apps

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

Uber and the others got the jump on competitors and regulators—but now they're nipping at their wheels.

The Churn: Bingham, Squire Make New Hires, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 24, 2014

Two Am Law 100 firms that have dealt with a high degree of lateral volatility in recent months—Bingham McCutchen and the newly formed Squire Patton Boggs—made hires this week, but also saw some partners leave. The Am Law Daily looks at those moves and others from around The Am Law 200.

Jonathan Hart Isn't Just an NPR Fan, He's Also the GC

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 24, 2014

The new NPR GC has made a career of representing journalists and the media.

Saluting Diversity and Inclusion Champions

: New York Law Journal : January 23, 2014

The New York City Bar's Office for Diversity and Inclusion held its annual celebration Wednesday honoring the co-founders of the "Cafecitos Network," dean of the CUNY School of Law, and a partner at Cooley.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 20, 2014

Day Pitney, White & Case, Paul Weiss and Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer Baratz have each added a partner, while the Fund for Modern Courts has added new members to its board of directors.

The Careerist: Top 45 Firms for Women

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 18, 2014

Did your firm make this year's list?

Report Shows Uptick in Diversity but Progress Is Slow

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Although more than 80 New York law firms pledged to promote and track diversity a decade ago, a new report reveals disappointing results on key issues such as retaining minority and women attorneys and elevating them to senior leadership.

Jury Sides With Apple in Patent Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 16, 2014

A loss for McKool Smith in a case it was forced to try for a nonpaying patent assertion entity.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 16, 2014

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

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 16, 2014

Lateral moves and new arrivals in this week's column.

Cooley Prevails at Trial for Facebook Again

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 16, 2014

The social media giant was accused of infringing patents that belonged to now-deceased Dutch computer programmer Joannes Van Der Meer, who was tinkering with a social networking website called SurfBook before his 2004 death.

On the Air: New CLO and GC for NPR

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 12, 2014

Cooley partner Jonathan Hart will be joining National Public Radio as chief legal officer and general counsel.

Inadmissible: Judge Scales Mount Rainier

: Texas Lawyer : January 09, 2014

Just days before six climbers on Mount Rainier went missing, U.S. District Judge Rob Junell of the Western District of Texas in Midland was making a similar ascent.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 09, 2014

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

The Churn: Edwards Wildman, Polsinelli Bulk Up, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Edwards Wildman Palmer and Polsinelli poach toxic tort team on opposite coasts, the newly combined Squire Patton Boggs makes its first lateral hire, Foley & Lardner gets a new COO and more lateral moves from across The Am Law 200.

Paul Hastings Takes L.A. Media-Tech Partner From Cooley

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 04, 2014

CardioMEMS Turns to Cooley—Again—on St. Jude Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

The company's founder, a cardiologist as well as a former summer associate at Cooley, has relied on the firm in a series of deals.

How did BigTex firms score on The American Lawyer's Diversity Scorecard 2014?

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

The American Lawyer calculated each firm's diversity score by adding the percentage of minority lawyers in U.S. offices and the percentage of U.S.-based minority partners.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Jenna Greene : The National Law Journal : January 02, 2014

McKool Smith Goes to Bat for Delinquent Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

After trying unsuccessfully to get off the case, partner Lawrence Hadley gave opening statements Monday for Golden Bridge Technology in its trial against Apple.

Fish & Richardson Shoots, Scores

Mary Alice Robbins : Texas Lawyer : January 02, 2014

On Oct. 16, 2013, a Dallas federal jury found that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had failed to prove that Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban engaged in insider trading. That finding was due largely to the efforts of a Fish & Richardson team.

Ready for an Update

Chelsea Allison : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

LinkedIn's general counsel will soon need to change her profile.

The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs Fallout, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 30, 2014

The Diversity Crisis: How Law Schools Fall Short

Karen Sloan : The American Lawyer : January 29, 2014

The profession's failure to diversify begins at law schools, where the percentage of African-American students has been stagnant for years.

Law Schools Paid Judges Nearly $2M to Teach, Lecture in 2012

Zoe Tillman : The National Law Journal : January 26, 2014

Law schools paid federal appeals judges anywhere from several thousand dollars for a lecture to nearly $278,000 for full-semester teaching in 2012 — at once buying prestige and giving students a direct line to some of the judiciary's top legal minds.

Inadmissible: Texas on Top

: Texas Lawyer : January 26, 2014

Everything's bigger in Texas, including some Lone Star State firms' showings in a recent report.

Nextdoor CEO Lawyers Up in Hit-and-Run Case

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 23, 2014

Tech entrepreneur Nirav Tolia has enlisted Palo Alto criminal defense lawyer Daniel Barton of Nolan, Armstrong & Barton.

Recusal Check: U.S. Appeals Judges' Financial Disclosure Forms Online

Jonathan Ringel : Daily Report : January 22, 2014

Our colleagues at a sibling publication, the National Law Journal, have unveiled a project in which they have obtained and published online annual financial disclosure reports of 257 federal appeals judges around the country.

Special Report: Judicial Transparency

: The National Law Journal : January 22, 2014

Financial disclosure reports for 257 federal appellate judges reveal a trove of details about their outside earnings.

$125,000, mentors and a chance: help for "dead end" on job search after 15-year hiatus from law

Brenda Sapino Jeffreys : Texas Lawyer : January 21, 2014

The Houston lawyer has been out of the workforce since 1999 and was "really shocked" at how difficult it has been to find a job since she recently decided to go back to work.

Debevoise Fends Off RICO Suit Against Accused Patent Troll

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

FindTheBest CEO Kevin O'Connor declared "war" on accused patent troll Lumen View Technology, calling patent trolls the "scum of the earth." The war may not be over, but this week a judge stripped FindTheBest of its chosen courtroom weapon.

Clifford Chance and Cleary Lead on Abbott Labs Pharma Deal

MP McQueen : The Am Law Daily : January 20, 2014

Abbott turned to Clifford Chance on its buy of a controlling stake in Chilean drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals, with Cleary advising CFR.

Dozen Firms Tune In for AT&T's $48.5 Billion DirecTV Buy

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 19, 2014

In a deal likely to face major regulatory scrutiny, a telecommunications giant aims to absorb the nation's largest satellite television operator.

Program for Women Who Left Big Law Taps Nine for Return Trip

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The inaugural class of the OnRamp Fellowship is joining Cooley, Sidley Austin, Baker Botts and Hogan Lovells.

McKool Smith Can't Drop Delinquent Client

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

The firm and its client, Golden Bridge Technology, agreed to part ways. But U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grewal won't let McKool Smith off the hook two weeks before trial.

McKool Smith Can't Drop Client Ahead of Apple Trial

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 15, 2014

The firm and its client, Golden Bridge Technology, agreed to part ways. But a judge in San Jose refused to let McKool off the hook two weeks before trial.

Judge Would Allow Taxing City-Owned Marina

Samantha Joseph : Daily Business Review : January 15, 2014

A judge finds it "unfair as well as unconstitutional" for city to get property tax exemption on commercial enterprises.

The Careerist: Color It White

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 14, 2014

Forget all that talk about diversity. The pipeline is hardly gushing.

Defense Scores in Privacy Suit Against Apple, 14 App Makers

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

Judge Jon Tigar dismissed the bulk of a suit over address book data, but gave plaintiffs a chance to amend.

Cooley Advises Norwest Venture on $1.2 Billion Raise

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 13, 2014

Ninth Circuit Won't Revive Gmail Privacy Suit

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

The appeals court has refused to review Judge Lucy Koh's decision denying class certification.

Hogan Lovells Picks Up Pair of Corporate Partners

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Nathaniel Gallon joins from Wilson Sonsini, Veronica McGregor from Perkins Coie.

Civil Actions

: The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.

Legal Education's Diversity Deficit

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 12, 2014

Despite efforts, modest rise in minority enrollment.

Getting In With the Emerging Crowd

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 09, 2014

Lawyers such as Wilmer's Glenn Luinenburg, seen here with SRI's Richard Mahoney, look to incubators, trade groups and plain old networking in hopes of representing the next tech sensation.

The Score: Ex-Patterson Belknap Partner Parsons to Head Clippers

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 09, 2014

As NBA Commissioner Adam Silver pushes Donald Sterling to sell the Los Angeles Clippers, the drama swirling around the team adds new players with ties to Patterson Belknap and Kaye Scholer.

Snapchat Settles FTC Charges Over Privacy, Data Practices

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 08, 2014

Developer Says Zuckerberg Reneged on Promise to Share Connections

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Suit says the Facebook founder got a deal on land with the understanding he'd make introductions to Valley elite.

Recorder Names Corporate Practices of the Year

Recorder Editors : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Snapchat Taps Hogan Lovells Partner for GC Slot

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

Trying to Put the Zing Back

Chelsea Allison : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

A GC discusses the rapidly changing and really litigious world of games.

Wilmer, Cooley Tapped for $190M Red Hat-Inktank Deal

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 30, 2014

TeleSign Taps Gibson for B Round Funding

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 29, 2014

City Bar to Honor Attorneys for Diversity Efforts

Christine Simmons : New York Law Journal : January 29, 2014

Winners of the bar's 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Awards are Michelle Anderson of CUNY School of Law, Joseph Drayton of Cooley, Natalia Martín of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Karla Sanchez of the New York State Attorney General's Office.

Big Deals

David Marcus : The American Lawyer : January 28, 2014

Albertsons / Safeway; Men's Wearhouse / Jos. A. Bank; Media General / LIN; Energy XXI / EPL Oil & Gas

Chinese Antitrust Regulators More Than a Speed Bump for Deals

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Nine months after it was announced, the Microsoft-Nokia deal closed last week. The delay, those involved said, was China's emerging antitrust regime.

Weary and Wealthy, GCs See IPO as Time to Retire

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

LinkedIn's Erika Rottenberg's departure follows those at Twitter, Zynga and Facebook.

Asia Deal Digest: April 24, 2014

Tom Brennan : The Asian Lawyer : January 24, 2014

* Herbert Smith Freehills and Freshfields lead on state-owned company's acquisition of Hess Oil assets in Thailand* Cleary, O'Melveny and Kirkland on a Chinese IT company's $332 million take-private* Willkie Farr guides a U.S. VC fund on a $250 million investment Down Under

Amid IPO Wave, Firms Ride Rising Fee Tide

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 22, 2014

The Am Law Daily looks at Am Law 100 firms reaping fees for new listings, which have soared in recent years.

Independent Law Schools Suffer Credit-Ratings Slips

Karen Sloan : The National Law Journal : January 21, 2014

Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Vermont Law School's credit rating amid falling enrollment and financial uncertainty.

Valley Firms Flex Brands at the Beach

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Cooley's Santa Monica office is up to 25 lawyers, while Fenwick and Wilson say the long-distance thing is working fine for now.

Cleary, Shearman on $1.6 Billion Ventilation Deal

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 16, 2014

The Am Law 100 firms are advising on CPPIB's sale of an air distribution company to Johnson Controls.

Pillsbury's $20 Million Man

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Jorge del Calvo powers the firm's Valley corporate practice.

U.S. Judge Rejects Noncompete Pact as Overly Broad

John Caher : New York Law Journal : January 08, 2014

Yielding to New York's generally skeptical view of noncompete employment clauses, a Western District federal judge has refused to bar a sales executive from plying his trade with a rival of his former employer.

Bohrer Receives Ostrow Award

Rick Kopstein, Photographer : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

The New York Council of Defense Lawyers presented The Norman S. Ostrow Award to Barry A. Bohrer, a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, at the council's 26th annual luncheon on Friday.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 07, 2014

Erin Murphy joins Arnstein & Lehr's litigation practice group as special counsel to the Chicago office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

The Churn: Cooley Woos Mintz Levin IP Team, Plus More Lateral Moves

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Cooley poaches a six-lawyer intellectual property group from Mintz Levin, a former federal prosecutor who left the Justice Department amid controversy moves to Baker Botts, and O'Melveny brings back a former associate who has been a key legal adviser to President Obama since his run for the U.S Senate in 2004.

LinkedIn GC Will Step Down in August

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

Erika Rottenberg, the company's first lawyer, steered it through its 2011 IPO.

Sheppard Mullin Team Inks Deal for 3D Printing Company

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 02, 2014

Cooley Scores Ninth Circuit Win for eBay

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 01, 2014

HP Reaches $57 Million Deal to End Class Action Over WebOs

David Bario : The Litigation Daily : January 01, 2014

Hewlett-Packard shocked investors when it pulled the plug on the company's much-touted WebOs operating system and signaled a wholesale shift in business strategy. Now HP and its lawyers at Morgan Lewis and Gibson Dunn have agreed to a $57 million settlement to make investor claims over the episode go away.

D.C. Calendar

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Legal forums throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

Atlanta Attorney Tapped to be GC of Driver Services

Associated Press : Daily Report : January 31, 2014

An Atlanta attorney has been hired to serve as general counsel for the Georgia Department of Driver Services.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 31, 2014

Randy Aoyama joins Hinshaw & Culbertson as partner in the Phoenix office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Industry Watching as Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

Cooley's Heidi Keefe hopes the court will use to set clear standards that can be exploited early in litigation.

Supreme Court Moves to Pin Down Rules for Software Patents

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

For the third time in four years, the Supreme Court on Monday will set out to distinguish patent-eligible inventions from mere abstract ideas. This time the court will be doing it in the context of computerized business methods, and that has Silicon Valley lawyers paying extra attention.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 28, 2014

Sidley Austin and Reed Smith are among the eight firms announcing new additions, while two others announce promotions.

Robinson v. Vivirito

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Principal Owed No Duty to Person Attacked By Dog On School Grounds After Hours

Big Firms Hitch Ride on River of U.S., Global IPOs

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 27, 2014

Wilson Sonsini, Latham & Watkins, Fenwick & West and Cooley are among the Am Law 100 firms reaping the benefits of a surge in activity on the initial public offering front so far this year. And with the IPO pipeline packed, more large firms are poised to help corporate clients tap the capital markets.

Daily Decision Service Alert: Vol. 23, No. 59 - March 27, 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 27, 2014

Daily decision alert.

School Not Liable for Dog Attack On Its Grounds During Weekend

Michael Booth : New Jersey Law Journal : January 26, 2014

A school district was not liable to a woman attacked by a stray dog on its property on a weekend, since there was no duty of care to protect her, the New Jersey Supreme Court says.

Weil and Cooley Get Call for Synopsys-Coverity Deal

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Attorney Is Disbarred After Forgery Conviction

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 24, 2014

A suspended attorney who admitted to felony-level forgery has been disbarred by a Brooklyn appellate court.

Sandberg: Facebook Rebuffed 'No Poach' Overtures From Google

Marisa Kendall : The Recorder : January 24, 2014

In a court filing, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says Google executives took her temperature on entering a nonsolicitation pact like those at the heart of a high-stakes, antitrust class action.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

No case, big problem ... Capital calls ... Boies wins!

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 21, 2014

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

Tableau Taps Cooley for $357 Million Follow-On Offering

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 20, 2014

It's the latest company to make a quick return trip to the capital markets after a hot IPO.

Litigator of the Week: Michael Rhodes of Cooley

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 20, 2014

Data-mining class actions against Silicon Valley's tech heavyweights will be raging for years. But plaintiffs lawyers looking for a big payday are facing a major new obstacle after Rhodes' victory this week for Google Inc.

Cooley Wins Ruling Nixing Class in Gmail Privacy Litigation

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh found questions about users' consent to Google's scanning too individualized to proceed in broad classes.

Koh Won't Certify Classes in Gmail Privacy Litigation

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

Judge finds questions about users' consent to Google's scanning too individualized to proceed in broad classes.

Personal Notes on Lawyers

: New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Three firms have promoted partners and two have added counsel.

Legal Aid Forms Committee to Find New Chief Attorney

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 18, 2014

Two union officials and three attorneys-in-charge of the New York City Legal Aid Society are among those named to a search committee to find a successor to outgoing Attorney-in-Chief Steven Banks.

Cheers to Antitrust Work in Contested Glass Company Merger

Jenna Greene : Legal Times : January 18, 2014

With less than a month before trial, two glass makers and the Federal Trade Commission are on the verge of settling the agency's suit challenging the companies' pending $1.7 billion merger—a transaction that's involved dozens of antitrust lawyers from more than 20 firms.

Federal Circuit OKs $12 Million Fee Award in Qualcomm Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

A damning e-mail helped Cooley's Steven Strauss establish that a Hughes Hubbard client went after Qualcomm despite having "no case."

Federal Circuit OKs $12 Million Fee Award in 'Exceptional' Patent Case

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Damning email helped Cooley's Steven Strauss establish that a Hughes Hubbard client went after Qualcomm despite having "no case."

The Careerist: Third-Rate Law Schools Try Harder

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

They lack cache, but they are the innovators of the legal academic marketplace.

The Score: March Madness Edition

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 17, 2014

With the field set for the National Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball tournament, others can agonize over their brackets. The Am Law Daily's focus is on the lawyers and law firms with ties to the NCAA and the nation's top college sports conferences.

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 17, 2014

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

Ex-Sidley Partner's Slide Into Receipt Scam Detailed

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 13, 2014

Why would prominent art world attorney Ralph Lerner risk his reputation by improperly charging hundreds of personal car service rides to client accounts? In thousands of pages of documents contained in his public discipline file, the outlines of an explanation begin to emerge.

Ninth Circuit Brushes Off Contract Breach Claims Against EBay

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 12, 2014

Cooley, Fenwick Beat Back LendingTree Patent Claims at Trial

Jan Wolfe : The Litigation Daily : January 12, 2014

The online lending exchange LendingTree, a subsidiary of Charlotte, N.C.-based Tree Inc., struck out on Wednesday in a patent infringement trial against the Internet companies Nextag, Zillow and Adchemy.

Simpson Snags More Blackstone Work, as Cybersecurity Stays Hot

Brian Baxter : The Am Law Daily : January 12, 2014

The latest noteworthy deal in the expanding cybersecurity sector finds Simpson Thacher & Bartlett advising longtime private equity client The Blackstone Group on its purchase of a majority stake in Denver-based Accuvant from Sverica International, which are being advised, respectively, by lawyers from Holland & Hart and Cooley.

Cooley Hires Partner Away From Venture Fund

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

Thiel's Founders Fund Taps Cooley for Latest Fund

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 11, 2014

The Churn: Akin, Simpson Add Houston Partners, Plus More Lateral Moves

Tom Huddleston Jr. : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

Akin picks up Baker & McKenzie's former North America oil and gas chair and Simpson hires an M&A partner from Baker Botts, both in Houston; Reed Smith welcomes two regulatory partners, in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and K&L Gates lands new partners in Milan and Washington, D.C.

DLA, Cooley Help Coupons.com Cash In

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

The Asian Lawyer All-Star Awards

Anthony Lin : The Asian Lawyer : January 10, 2014

On March 5, at a gala dinner held at the Conrad Hotel in Hong Kong, The Asian Lawyer presented its inaugural All-Star Awards. We sought to do something different, recognizing excellence in advising key industries rather than simply honoring the biggest, highest-profile deals of the year (though we took those into account too). We also said we would be publishing the reasons for the decisions that we made. And so here we do exactly that, category by category.

Panel Censures Attorney for Not Disclosing Offense

Andrew Keshner : New York Law Journal : January 07, 2014

A Staten Island attorney who did not divulge his plea to misdemeanor drunken driving in his 2010 bar application has been suspended for six months.

Is the End of the Country's Lawyer Glut Really Here?

Steven J. Harper : The Am Law Daily : January 07, 2014

With all the attention being paid to the decline in law school applications, could it be that the crisis in legal education is over? Not a chance.

The Careerist: Rationality in the Law School Marketplace?

Vivia Chen : The Am Law Daily : January 06, 2014

Law school enrollment is down. But some schools are defying that trend.

Another Disrupter Targets Legal Industry

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Palo Alto-based LawGives is the latest startup to challenge the traditional way that clients find lawyers—and the traditional fee structures.

New Partners Yearbook 2014

: New Jersey Law Journal : January 06, 2014

The 's 15th annual profile of new partners at New Jersey firms.

The Churn: Dentons Continues Heenan Blaikie Hiring, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 04, 2014

Dentons hires a total of 46 attorneys from failed Canada firm Heenan Blaikie; Akerman adds three new litigators in its month-old Chicago office; and a former White House adviser joins Akin Gump.

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Proskauer's Revenue Up as Head Count Drops

Sara Randazzo : The Am Law Daily : January 03, 2014

Proskauer Rose recorded gains in every major financial metric in 2013, including a gross revenue increase of 4.3 percent to $768.5 million, according to The American Lawyer's reporting.

Banks Is Leaving Legal Aid for a City Position

Joel Stashenko : New York Law Journal : January 03, 2014

Steven Banks, who has been attorney-in-chief of the New York City Legal Aid Society since 2004, was named commissioner of the city's Human Resources Administration by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday.

Weil Gotshal's Keith Flaum

Recorder Staff : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

IPO Lawyers Ready to Work Like It's 1999

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 28, 2014

All signs point to a bumper crop of offerings.

Lawyers in Gmail Case Gird for Class War

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh sounded skeptical about whether and how to proceed with class treatment of privacy claims against Google's email service, and accused the plaintiffs lawyers of changing theories.

Lawyers in Gmail Case Gird for Class War

Julia Love : The Recorder : January 27, 2014

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh sounded skeptical about whether and how to proceed with class treatment of privacy claims against Google's email service, and accused the plaintiffs lawyers of changing theories.

Senate Confirms Two for Northern District Judgeships

Cheryl Miller : The Recorder : January 25, 2014

Beth Labson Freeman and James Donato will fill seats vacated by judges Jeremy Fogel and James Ware.

Movers

: The National Law Journal : January 24, 2014

Geoffrey Willis joins the Brown Rudnick's environmental and real estate practices in the Irvine, Calif., office. Plus more law firm movers in this week's column.

Law Firms Back Narrow Right of Court Access in Delaware Appeal

Ross Todd : The Litigation Daily : January 24, 2014

Two dozen major law firms came together on Monday to send an unlikely message to the U.S. Supreme Court: It's time to clamp down on open access to government.

Appeals Court Deals Blow to Cooley Client in Biofuel Patent Case

Drew Carroll : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The Federal Circuit reversed a district judge who sided with Colorado-based Gevo in its epic patent fight with Butamax, a joint venture of BP and DuPont.

Appeals Court Deals Blow to Cooley Client in Biofuel Patent Case

Drew Carroll : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The Federal Circuit reversed a district judge who sided with Colorado-based Gevo in its epic patent fight with Butamax, a joint venture of BP and DuPont.

The Careerist: Law Schools Where Enrollment Dipped Over 30%

Vivia Chen : The Careerist : January 19, 2014

Law School News: Schools that are hungry for students; Ohio's bargain basement; and survey of prospective students.

Weil, Fenwick Tapped for Facebook's $19 Billion WhatsApp Buy

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 19, 2014

The eye-popping price marks the biggest Internet deal in a decade and set tongues wagging—and Twitter accounts firing—in Silicon Valley.

ServiceNow Turns to Cooley To Defend HP Patent Suit

Erin Kelleher : The Recorder : January 18, 2014

Cooley partners Michael Rhodes, Heidi Keefe and Mark Weinstein have entered appearances for the cloud computing firm in the Northern District of California.

After Last Year's Lag, Wilson's Partner Profits Rebound

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 14, 2014

New offices opened in SOMA and in Beijing in 2012 are now "firing on all cylinders," said comanaging partner John "Jack" Sheridan.

The Churn: Bingham Loses Trio of Litigators, Plus More Lateral Moves

Sara Randazzo and Julie Triedman : The Am Law Daily : January 11, 2014

A three-partner litigation team moves from Bingham McCutchen to Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Greenberg Traurig sees its lawyers jump to Dechert, Husch Blackwell and Squire Sanders; and the chair of Dorsey's labor and employment practice joins Littler Mendelson.

Objectors Attack Facebook Privacy Settlement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

Objectors Attack Facebook Privacy Settlement

Scott Graham : The Recorder : January 10, 2014

On the Move

: The Recorder : January 07, 2014

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

Zynga's Devang Shah

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

In a Challenging Economy, Some Firms Pulled Away From the Pack

Nathalie Pierrepont : The Recorder : January 07, 2014

Richard Dickson's Fenwick, along with Cooley, saw gains in all the major metrics, but other firms fell flat or faltered.

Cooley Helps Crescendo in $270 Million Sale to Myriad

Chelsea Allison : The Recorder : January 06, 2014

Commissioner Bruno Barreiro May Be Involved In Conflict Of Interest

Eleazar David Melendez : Daily Business Review : January 06, 2014

The Miami-Dade County commissioner failed to disclose a personal financial interest in the company that owns his district office building.

Patent Holder Goes After FedEx and Others in Eastern District of Texas

Maria Zilberman : The Recorder : January 03, 2014

After settling seven suits this month, Catharon IP is wielding a patent for "optimally controlled storage and transfer of computer programs" against a new group of companies.

Move Fast and Call a Lawyer

Rebekah Mintzer : Corporate Counsel : January 01, 2014

Ten years since Facebook's birth, its legal department still faces novel issues every day. And users don't always hit the "like" button.

BAR-ometer

: The Recorder : January 31, 2014

Quinn's in deep … Stephen hits the glass ceiling … Cooley: steady as she grows!