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United States: Antitrust
Cooley LLP’s 22-strong antitrust group is recommended for being ‘extremely pragmatic and responsive’. With offices in Washington DC and California, the firm handles merger clearance mainly for clients in the automotive, hi-tech and life sciences industries. Jacqueline Grise acted for NetScout Systems, a provider of network performance management products, in its $2.6bn acquisition of the communications business of Danaher. Practice head Howard Morse, Francis Fryscak in Palo Alto and Marc Schildkraut are recommended.
United States: Dispute resolution
General commercial disputes
Cooley LLP maintains its reputation for high-stakes litigation in the technology sector, with recent successes including its representation of Sony in a class action concerning the Video Privacy Protection Act. In that matter, San-Diego based Michelle Doolin and Mike Rhodes in San Francisco obtained a dismissal which was subsequently affirmed in the appellate court. Michael Attanasio in San Diego chairs the practice.
Leading trial lawyers
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Stephen Neal - Cooley LLP: Highly experienced in patent cases, Stephen Neal has represented pharmaceutical companies in numerous disputes. Most notably in 2015, he successfully represented Gilead Sciences in arbitration proceedings brought by Roche alleging exclusive rights to an earlier collaboration agreement concerning a drug for hepatitis C; this was a complete win for Gilead. He also represented land owner WVSV Holdings and Conley Wolfswinkel against claims of breach of fiduciary duty in a dispute over real estate developments which were never built.
Securities litigation - defense
Cooley LLP is the foremost firm on the West Coast for life sciences, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and nationwide is a popular among corporates for the defense of class actions. John Dwyer in Palo Alto acted for organic and natural foods company Annie’s in a securities class action and shareholder derivative litigation concerning its financial controls and revisions to its financial statements. Lyle Roberts in Washington DC won a victory for CenturyLink by securing the dismissal with prejudice of two class actions alleging securities fraud, and also succeeded in having two consolidated class actions against mobile advertising company Millennial Media dismissed. Koji Fukumura in San Diego is also recommended.
White-collar criminal defense
Highlights for Cooley LLP included obtaining the withdrawal of a guilty plea for Nathan Jacobson, a foreign national indicted for money laundering by the DOJ. Litigation practice chair Michael Attanasio, who is based in San Diego, was able to secure the dismissal of all charges against the client. Stephen Neal, the chairman of the firm, and Kathleen Goodhart, who are based in Palo Alto and San Francisco respectively, defended Kolon Industries in a suit brought by the DOJ that involved allegations that the client conspired with former DuPont employees in the theft of trade secrets pertaining to Kevlar bulletproof vests. Other key lawyers at the firm include William Schwartz, who focuses on the financial services sector, Jonathan Bach and Alan Levine. All three are based in New York.
United States: Finance
Capital markets: equity offerings
Cooley LLP’s California-based group advises issuers, investment banks and investors on a range of equity transactions within both the public and private capital markets. The firm, whose expertise in the technology and life sciences sectors is particularly noteworthy, acts for a mix of start-ups and major companies. David Peinsipp, Eric Jensen and Andrew Williamson advised a syndicate of underwriters, including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch, on Zendesk’s $233m follow-on offering; Boston-based Nicole Brookshire acted for cybersecurity company Rapid7 in its $103m IPO; and the team also advised Horizon Pharma on four major debt and equity offerings, including two follow-on offerings totaling $660m. San Diego-based Charlie Kim is also a key figure, and is regularly retained by clients such as Wells Fargo Securities, Morgan Stanley and Jefferies.
United States: Industry focus
Healthcare: life sciences
Cooley LLP’s excellent reputation is founded on strong emerging company and venture capital capabilities, which sees it handling financing and licensing matters for clients in the biotechnology, therapeutics and medical device arenas. Palo Alto-based Barbara Kosacz heads the firm’s life sciences practice, and has particular expertise in complex partnering transactions and M&A. Boston-based Marc Recht acts for life sciences companies and investors in public and private transactions, including securities offering and M&A matters; representative clients include Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Regado Biosciences and FORMA Therapeutics. Regulatory and e-health specialist Andrew Gantt in Washington DC, Robert Jones in Palo Alto and Ivor Elrifi in New York are further names to note. Other active clients include Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Otsuka Pharmaceutical. The team also has notable personnel in San Diego and San Francisco.
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United States: Intellectual property
Patent litigation: full coverage
Cooley LLP’s ‘highly knowledgeable’ team provides ‘excellent client service, good industry knowledge and a strong commercial approach’. Key figure Jim Brogan is ‘an excellent litigator’ and ‘great to work with’, and is currently representing computer technology company ACQIS in a patent enforcement action against EMC Corporation. Wayne Stacy is also a leading attorney, and is serving as lead trial counsel to Israel-based Camtek in infringement litigation with Rudolph Technologies; Rudolph asserts that Camtek’s circuit inspection machines infringe its patents. Orion Armon is the other name to note and is representing Dot Hill Systems in an infringement and breach of contract action brought by Crossroads Systems, as well as in related inter partes reviews.
Patents: portfolio management and licensing
Leveraging its strength in the life sciences sector, Cooley LLP’s patent team handles patent portfolio management and licensing matters for clients such as Auris Medical, Abaxis and CytomX Therapeutics. San Francisco-based Nan Wu assisted Senomyx with building its international patent portfolio, and conducted a patent due diligence review for a number of patent portfolios licensed by Ultragenyx. New York-based Ivor Elrifi is also highly recommended.
Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
Cooley LLP’s patent counseling and prosecution team has particular strength in the healthcare sector, where it advises clients such as Abaxis, Auris Medical and CytomX Therapeutics. The team also advises and represents clients in all types of post-grant proceedings, and in particular IPRs, and is currently acting for industry leading companies such as Facebook, Google and Gevo in IPR and CBM proceedings. San Francisco-based Nan Wu is ‘savvy and highly skilled, both in terms of understanding complicated scientific issues and designing and executing complex patent strategies’. Ivor Elrifi in New York and Joe Teja in Boston are also main contacts.
The ‘efficient, practical and results-focused’ team at Cooley LLP is particularly noted for its work in the technology sector. San Francisco-based John Crittenden is especially recommended for online-related trademark disputes. Work highlights included his defense of Global Personals, creator of an online dating platform, in a suit filed by Avid Life Media alleging trade dress and trademark infringement. Practice chair Peter Willsey in Washington DC and the ‘remarkable’ Janet Cullum in New York successfully defended Google against two individuals who challenged the Google trademark based on its generic use to describe internet searches. Other work came from Facebook and RedPad.
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Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) - ranked: tier 3
The team at Cooley LLP provides advice that is ‘prompt, commercially focused, and tailored to client’s needs’. It earns many mandates from clients in the technology sector, for which it handles a number of global portfolios and advises on matters related to international brand protection, including trademark selection, registration and enforcement. San Francisco-based John Crittenden acts as primary counsel to Lonely Planet, Tesla Motors, RadPad and Kamut International, including in relation to trademark prosecution and representation in disputes. Further names to note are Peter Willsey in Washington DC and Janet Cullum in New York.
United States: Investment fund formation and management
Private equity funds
Known primarily for its venture capital focus, Cooley LLP fields 35 attorneys dedicated to fund formation in this space, and can draw on more than 250 lawyers to assist fund clients with minority investments, debt financing and tax structures, among other matters. Illustrative of the scale and global nature of the practice, the group is primary fund counsel to more than 325 investment fund organizations and acts for clients in the US as well as in China and Europe. John Dado and Craig Dauchy are noted for their ‘creativity and technical expertise’. Dauchy worked with Ian O’Donnell on the $1.4bn closing of Institutional Venture Partners XV, the second largest venture fund formed in the US in 2015. Kimberley Kaplan-Gross, Shane Goudey and Bernard Hatcher are also recommended.
United States: M&A/corporate and commercial
M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
Standing out for significant technology and life sciences expertise, Cooley LLP recently added former Reed Smith LLP partners Garth Osterman and Yvan-Claude Pierre in San Francisco and New York respectively. It also added depth in the communications, media and higher education sectors through its 2014 combination with Dow Lohnes’ Washington DC office. Highlights included advising online real estate business Move on its $950m sale to News Corp, and acting for multinational technology company Cisco Systems in its $635m acquisition of OpenDNS. Other key deals included advising Rally Software on its $480m sale to CA Technologies; assisting biopharmaceutical company Auspex Pharmaceuticals with its $3.5bn sale to Teva Pharmaceuticals; serving as M&A and regulatory counsel to Meredith Corporation in its merger with Media General; and assisting NetScout Systems with its definitive agreement to acquire Danaher’s communications business for $2.6bn. Rama Padmanabhan and Barbara Borden in San Diego, Jamie Leigh in San Francisco and Palo Alto-based Craig Menden are recommended. Other noteworthy practitioners include Alfred Browne in Boston, Kevin Mills and Edward O’Connell in Washington DC, and Laura Medina in Broomfield, Colorado.
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Venture capital and emerging companies
Cooley LLP’s renowned practice covers all areas of the venture capital market, including financing, fund formation and dispute resolution, with clients drawn from all areas of technology market. Craig Jacoby heads the team from the San Francisco office, advising clients in the hi-tech, cleantech, software and medical devices fields, among others. The firm’s CooleyGo business, an online tool for entrepreneurs, demonstrates its commitment to start-up companies. In January 2015, the firm established its London office, providing stronger links to the European venture capital market. In recent highlights, San Francisco-based Peter Werner, whose practice specializes in assisting high-growth companies with financings and M&A, advised Temasek Holdings on its participation in Airbnb’s $1.5bn financing, taking Airbnb’s total worth to $25.5bn. The client, an investment firm based in Singapore, was one of the largest investors in the deal. Also in the San Francisco office, David Peinsipp, who frequently assists clients in formation and financing mandates, advised Insidesales.com on its $60m financing round that included Salesforce.com and Microsoft. Seattle’s Gordon Empey and Palo Alto’s Mehdi Khodadad acted for a group of investors, including Vivo Capital and OrbiMed, in its $120m Series B financing of Nabriva Therapeutics. Other clients include SpaceX, Facebook and Jawbone. Steven Tonsfeldt joined the Palo Alto mergers and acquisitions practice from O’Melveny & Myers LLP. New York’s Jim Fulton is a name to note.
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United States: Media, technology and telecoms
Cooley LLP’s practice is led by Michael Rhodes in San Francisco, ‘he provides good all-around advice and is a great privacy and cyber lawyer’. Randy Sabett in Washington DC is a key team member and recently assisted a provider of online HR services after sensitive information was released. San Francisco-based Matthew Brown is another key team member and was recently involved in defending a high-profile client in the online retail space in a class action involving a breach of users’ personal information data.
Technology: data protection and privacy
Cooley LLP ‘fields an insightful and responsive practice and provides good advice and good value’. Michael Rhodes ‘gives trustworthy advice’ and Matthew Brown and Randy Sabett play key roles in the 16-partner group. The team is well versed in the telecoms sector, and acts as counsel to a major cable operator, advising on compliance with FCC customer proprietary network information rules and reporting requirements, and on TCPA compliance. Sabett is leading advice to a major gaming organization regarding implementing rules and agreements that allow for cybersecurity information sharing to occur among various industry stakeholders.
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Cooley LLP’s team has experience in information technology, telecoms and digital media. The national practice has major presences in Silicon Valley, Boston and New York as well as significant offices in Washington DC and Reston, and this is supported internationally via the firm’s offices in London and Shanghai. Reston-based and highly regarded practice head Adam Ruttenberg led the deal negotiations for a partnership between HBO NOW, a standalone version of HBO GO, with MLB Advanced Media. The team also assisted CrowdRise in its negotiations with the Today Show regarding a collaboration for charitable giving using the CrowdRise platform. In Washington DC, newly promoted partner Adam Chase advised DraftKings on its multi-year partnership expansion with Major League Baseball and NASCAR. Chase focuses on development agreements, technology-related outsourcing deals and software agreements. The firm also represented satellite provider SSL in its contract negotiations with Skybox Imaging to build an advanced constellation of low Earth orbit satellites for Earth imaging, with Palo Alto-based senior counsel Michael Stern as lead lawyer on the matter. In the same office, Robin Lee advised Brocade Communications in the divestiture of its network adapter business to QLogic, handling asset transfer structuring and license negotiations. David Wittenstein in Washington DC, and Peter Burns in Palo Alto are key names in the practice. Other clients include Moreover Technologies and eBay.
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Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
Cooley LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice handles the full remit of matters for commercial broadcasters and cable television clients, and has established a strong focus on wireless and satellite issues as well as equipment authorization, device regulation and spectrum licensing. Michael Hays and the ‘determined, dedicated and hardworking’ Anne Swanson advised Garmin International on its successful attempt to challenge a proposed high-powered terrestrial broadband service by LightSquared, which would have effectively caused overload interference to GPS navigation services. The group also acted as regulatory counsel to Granite Broadcasting in connection with the $300m sale of its television stations to Quincy Publishing. Group head John Feore and Kevin Mills led on that matter and acted alongside Michael Basile on the regulatory aspects of the proposed $2.4bn merger between the firm’s client Meredith Corporation and Media General.
Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
Washington DC-based John Feore leads Cooley LLP’s five-partner practice, which regularly acts for commercial broadcasters and media companies, including Meredith Corporation, on a variety of transactional mandates. In 2015, Kevin Mills and Michael Basile assisted the client with its acquisition of ABC affiliate WGGB-TV, advised on its $86m acquisition of the broadcast assets of WALA-TV, and on its involvement in the sale of KASW-TV, a CW-affiliated television station, to Nexstar Broadcasting. In another highlight Basile acted for Digity Media on its $264m sale to Alpha Media.
United States: Real estate and construction
Cooley LLP provides an ‘excellent service’ in relation to land use and zoning matters. It advised JLB Partners on the approvals for a development near the new Innovation Center Metrorail station in Herndon, Virginia, and advised Capital One on a major rezoning of its 26-acre campus in Tysons Corner. The Reston-based team includes Mark Looney (‘an excellent leader’, ‘tactical and strategic advice’), Colleen Gillis and the ‘excellent’ Antonio Calabrese, who heads the practice.
United States: Tax
US taxes: contentious
New York-based Stephen Gardner is the chair of the tax litigation group at Cooley LLP. Together with Kathy Pakenham, who leads the firm’s tax practice, he handles significant federal, state and international tax controversies, such as the representation of energy corporation ConocoPhillips in a refund action before the Northern District of Oklahoma Court and the US Court of Appeals relating to the restoration of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. The practice is also well versed in transfer pricing matters; it recently represented a global natural resources company in a transfer pricing dispute with the IRS, which ended in complete concession of more than $150m in proposed adjustments.
US taxes: non-contentious
Cooley LLP typically works with clients from the biopharmaceutical, technology, energy, telecoms and real estate sectors, and specializes in all facets of taxation, from SALT matters to structuring and investment. Palo Alto-based Mark Winfeld-Hansen chairs the team with New York’s Kathleen Pakenham. Jeremy Naylor, another name to note, specializes in private equity, venture capital and real estate, and was instrumental in assisting Digity Companies with its sale to Alpha Media for $264m. He was also key in advising Battery Ventures on the sale of Industrial Safety Technologies to Tyco International for $329m.
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- Corporate and commercial : Financial services
- Crime, fraud and licensing : Corporate crime (including fraud, bribery and corruption)
- Dispute resolution : Commercial litigation
- Dispute resolution : Defamation and privacy
- Dispute resolution : International arbitration
- Dispute resolution : Public international law
- Finance : Corporate restructuring and insolvency
- Insurance : Insurance: corporate and regulatory
- Insurance : Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
- Insurance : Insurance and reinsurance litigation
- Insurance : Product liability: defendant
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Brand management
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Data protection
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Intellectual property
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Media and entertainment
- TMT (technology, media and telecoms) : Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
- Antitrust : Merger control
- Dispute resolution : General commercial disputes
- Dispute resolution : Leading trial lawyers
- Dispute resolution : Securities litigation - defense
- Dispute resolution : White-collar criminal defense
- Finance : Capital markets: equity offerings
- Industry focus : Healthcare: life sciences
- Intellectual property : Patent litigation: full coverage
- Intellectual property : Patents: portfolio management and licensing
- Intellectual property : Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
- Intellectual property : Trademarks: litigation
- Intellectual property : Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
- Investment fund formation and management : Private equity funds
- M&A/corporate and commercial : M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
- M&A/corporate and commercial : Venture capital and emerging companies
- Media, technology and telecoms : Cyber law
- Media, technology and telecoms : Technology: data protection and privacy
- Media, technology and telecoms : Technology: transactions
- Media, technology and telecoms : Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
- Media, technology and telecoms : Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
- Real estate and construction : Land use/zoning
- Tax : US taxes: contentious
- Tax : US taxes: non-contentious