Firm Profile > Cooley LLP > San Francisco, United States
Cooley LLP Offices
101 CALIFORNIA STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111-5800
Cooley LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Cooley LLP’s phenomenal run on the equity side continues apace as the Palo Alto-headquartered firm continues to ride the technology and life sciences IPO wave. The firm ranked first by both deal value and deal count for issuer-side US IPOs during 2019, demonstrating its stronghold on the most active sectors coming to market. In a highlight example of its sweet spot, the firm advised longstanding client Uber on its $8.1bn IPO, which represented the third-largest tech IPO of all time. Significantly, it also continues to make inroads into underwriter-side work. San Francisco-based global co-chair David Peinsipp is an ‘amazing lawyer and client manager’; he regularly ranks among the most active lawyers in the country for technology offerings and was at the helm for several of the firm’s recent IPOs, including Uber. San Diego-based Charlie Kim co-chairs the global department and handles a good balance of issuer and underwriter-side matters. New York-based Div Gupta co-leads the East Coast practice and is a leader in healthcare-related offerings. Up-and-coming San Francisco-based partner Siana Lowrey is ‘practical, smart and well-organized’ and co-led the Uber deal.
‘Super strong and broad corporate practice.’
‘Very strong gender diversity and excellent commercial advice.’
‘Outstanding teamwork and collaboration.’
‘David Peinsipp is an amazing lawyer and client manager. Extremely good at collaborating and working with clients.’
‘Charlie Kim is an extremely strong capital markets lawyer.’
‘Siana Lowrey is fantastic; practical, smart, kind, well-organized and stays on top of things.’
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
AssetMark Financial Holdings
With an established base in Silicon Valley, Cooley LLP stands out in the venture capital and emerging company sectors for its wide-ranging expertise in the sphere. The practice has very strong expertise in assisting a solid client base of start-up companies drawn from the life sciences and tech sectors. In a major highlight, Santa Monica-based Dave Young led the advice to media personality Kylie Jenner on selling a 51% stake of her cosmetics company (with an aggregate value of $600m) to beauty company Coty as part of a strategic partnership. San Diego-based senior counsel Fred Muto and Mark Tanoury in Palo Alto are highly regarded practitioners. In Reston, Mike Lincoln heads up the business department, while Boston-based Pat Mitchell and Matt Bartus, who relocated to the firm's Singapore office in January 2020, share leadership of the emerging companies practice.
Cooley LLP's cyber, data and privacy practice handles a range of disputes and non-contentious matters, combining expertise in litigation and investigations with experience of regulatory compliance, breach preparedness and transactional matters. The group has a particularly impressive roster of clients in the technology and big data space, as well as a strong reputation in the digital health and life sciences, telecoms, media, financial services and retail sectors. Global practice head Michael Rhodes and Matthew Brown, both in San Francisco, are names to note for litigation; they jointly lead the team alongside Travis LeBlanc, who splits his time between Washington DC and San Francisco; David Navetta in Colorado; and New York-based Boris Segalis. Randy Sabett in Washington DC is another name to note for cybersecurity, privacy, IT licensing and intellectual property issues. Andrew Roth joined Intuit as chief privacy officer.
Other key lawyers:
Google Sidewalk Labs
Marsh & McLennan Companies
The team at Cooley LLP is well known for assisting telecoms, fintech and software sector clients, as well as education and online media start-ups, with patent issues, development and distribution agreements, licensing matters and M&A-related technology transactions. Keith Berets leads the practice from the Colorado office. Other key contacts include Palo Alto-based T’Challa Jabari Graham and Adam Ruttenberg and Adam Chase, both based in Washington DC.
Cooley LLP's client base includes high-growth and mature companies, as well as entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and financial institutions. The team is particularly well-placed to advise on corporate partnering and licensing, venture financings, capital markets and M&A transaction, as well as IP prosecution, counseling, licensing and litigation, and regulatory and securities litigation. The highly regarded transactional practitioner Barbara Kosacz (Palo Alto) heads the practice with New York-based Ivor Elrifri who chairs the firm's global patent counseling and prosecution practice group. Key names to note for transactional matters include Barbara Borden and Kay Chandler in San Diego, Laura Berezin, Mark Weeks and Kate Hillier in Palo Alto, and Marc Recht in Boston. Mika Reiner Mayer is recommended for patent prosecution and strategic portfolio management for life sciences startups and established companies; Lila Hope specializes in transactions involving complex intellectual property issues, and Marya Postner is particularly experienced in handling strategic alliances between biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in areas as diverse as collaborative research and the development and marketing of late-stage pharmaceutical products.
Other key lawyers:
Los Angeles-based Cooley LLP provides 'top-notch trademark litigation services' and is rated for its 'very deep bench that knows the law, knows how it applies in a practical setting and is able to advocate effectively for its clients'. Senior counsel John Crittenden is 'a stellar trademark litigator' with additional expertise in domain name disputes and false advertising. Another name to note is Bobby Ghajar, who recently acted for Anheuser-Busch in a case involving the use of an iconic canine mascot, Spuds MacKenzie, in a Super Bowl television commercial.
‘The team has a very deep bench that knows the law, knows how it applies in a practical setting, and is able effectively to advocate for its client. It provides top-notch Trademark Litigation services.’
‘John Crittenden is a stellar trademark litigator who has a good sense of what to focus on, how to position arguments, and how to drive his client’s larger strategies forward. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of trademark cases and is able to articulate how they apply (or can be differentiated) both in court filings and in oral argument.’
Abercrombie & Fitch
BGC Partners and Newmark & Co.
Cooley LLP is known throughout the market for its strength in the technology sector, where it handles buy and sell-side transactions for public and private companies. In addition to its corporate counseling, and M&A and transactional work, the team also has experience of large-scale joint ventures and commercial agreements, IP asset acquisitions and patent cross-licenses. The group also has experience of transactions in the life sciences, medical device and healthcare, consumer, education, defense and media industries. San Diego-based global M&A co-chair Barbara Borden acts for boards of directors in connection with M&A and related governance and anti-takeover matters. Joint practice chair Jamie Leigh in San Francisco handles takeover and activist defense engagements, proxy contests, joint venture structuring and strategic equity investments. Another contact in San Francisco is Ben Beerle, who is particularly experienced in cross-border M&A. Mehdi Khodadad left for Sidley Austin LLP.
The team at Cooley LLP has an enviable track record representing commercial broadcasters and cable television networks, whilst also assisting clients on spectrum matters, equipment authorization and device regulation, and satellite issues. Led by regulated transaction specialist Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell, the team has successfully advised clients on complicated FCC regulatory and policy matters - structuring and negotiating complex transactions requiring FCC approval, and representing telecom and media companies in high-stakes FCC investigations. Basile leads a team that is advising Apollo Global Management on its Fund IX acquisitions of scores of local television stations. Key lawyers include senior counsel John Feore, who regularly assists major television, radio and media companies and their investors, and special counsel Jason Rademacher, who specializes in FCC enforcement defense work. Associate Henry Wendel assists broadcast groups and investors on the purchase and sale of radio and television properties.
Cox Communications / Cox Media Group
Apollo Global Management
US Cellular Corporation
The E.W. Scripps Company
CBS Television Network Affiliates Association
Fox Affiliates Association
'Responsive, sensible and great to work with', remarks a client of the securities litigation practice at Cooley LLP, which climbs the ranking this year. A prominent firm on the West Coast, it has defended more life sciences companies in securities class actions filed over the past ten years than any other firm. In that sector, the firm scored a string of victories in 2019, including successes in state courts of appeals and circuit courts of appeals, as well as before the US Supreme Court. The firm also has substantial experience in representing Special Litigation Committees and Audit Committees and in handling internal investigations, as well as regulatory enforcement actions. Practice head Koji Fukumura in San Diego is 'very engaging, hardworking, detail-oriented and very smart'. Patrick Gibbs is an experienced trial lawyer in Palo Alto who is 'passionate about people, clients and cases'.
Other key lawyers:
‘Our team at Cooley was great to work with. We won a dismissal at an early stage due to our combined efforts and good facts. Our Cooley team had the knowledge and foresight to seek an early agreement with plaintiffs’ counsel on discovery that paid dividends after the plaintiffs sought to shift tactics. This kind of knowhow is exactly why I’d call Cooley on my next securities dispute.‘
‘Our Cooley team was responsive and sensible. Plus, they are just the kind of people you want to be interacting with, friendly with the right demeanor. Patrick Gibbs is worth calling out.‘
‘Its advice is client-focused, smart but understandable and not pretentious. It has very smart, capable and communicative attorneys.‘
‘Koji Fukumura is very engaging, hardworking, detail-oriented, great with clients and very smart.‘
‘Patrick Gibbs is passionate about people, clients and cases. He makes it personal but keeps goals in clear focus.‘
‘Former SEC enforcement officials bring unique perspective. The team is highly qualified and invested in your case. Their knowledge of cryptocurrency is second to none.‘
‘They are passionate about the case but still very pragmatic.‘
GNC Holdings Kik
Cooley LLP enjoys a stellar reputation as a go-to firm for complex high-stakes patent disputes. Adept at technology and life sciences litigation alike, the group has built an excellent track record of victories regarding a broad range of patents, including blockbuster biosimilar patents, medical device patents and software patents. The team demonstrates strength in all US patent venues and is well versed in the management of multi-venue cases, drawing on its pool of experienced PTAB practitioners, district court and Federal Circuit specialists and ITC experts to strategically staff each case. Clients include many blue-chip companies, especially from the technology sector, but also a number of start-ups specialising in disruptive technologies. Practice head Stephen Smith is based in Washington DC. The renowned Heidi Keefe operates from the Palo Alto office. Other key offices are in New York, Reston and Boulder. Chris Campbell joined King & Spalding LLP in March 2019.
Intellectual property > Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3
Cooley LLP strengthened its presence on the East Coast with the hire of Jeff Greene in New York from Fenwick & West LLP. Among his recent standout work, Greene has been advising the cloud computing company ServiceNow on its global trademark protection and enforcement strategy. On the West Coast, Bobby Ghajar, who works from the firm's Los Angeles office, has been active in clearance, prosecution and enforcement matters for AnheuserBusch. In San Francisco, senior counsel John Crittenden is highly recommended for his work on global trademark protection strategies, acting for clients such as Kamut International.
Cooley LLP is known for its work in the disruptive technology space, where it brings together skill sets in corporate and finance transactions, data privacy, and intellectual property to provide a range of services to clients in the fintech space. The practice group is headed by Boston-based Alfred Browne, who specializes in private equity and technology transactions.
Led by former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell and transaction specialist Michael Basile, the Washington DC team at Cooley LLP advises on spectrum issues, including those related to wireless, equipment authorizations and device regulation, and satellite. Obtaining FCC approvals is a key area of strength, specifically broadcast transactions arising from the FCC's incentive auction, where the firm acts for several clients in post-auction transactions and channel-sharing arrangements. Broadcast regulatory expert John Feore, telecoms and media corporate specialist Kevin Mills, and associate Henry Wendel are among the firm’s key practitioners in this space.
Cox Communications / Cox Media Group
Apollo Global Management
US Cellular Corporation
The E.W. Scripps Company
CBS Television Network Affiliates Association
Fox Affiliates Association
Cooley LLP has a strong reputation in the real estate markets of Northern Virginia and Washington DC, where it is retained by property owners and developers for assistance with a range of complex land use and zoning matters. Mark Looney and Colleen Gillis are the firm's primary contacts for planning and zoning work, covering a huge variety of office, residential, industrial, mixed-use and planned community projects. Another name to note is John Lavoie, who chairs the wider real estate group. All named practitioners are based in the Reston office.
Tax > US taxes: contentious Tier 3
Cooley LLP represents clients in tax controversy at the federal and state levels, and is also noted for its experience in tax matters with complex cross-border components. New York-based practice head Kathleen Pakenham acts for a client base including a number of Fortune 500 companies, advising on tax shelter issues, options trading transactions, and tax fraud, among others matters. Another contact is Adriana Wirtz, who regularly represents clients in high-stakes matters in federal and state courts, as well as in proceedings before the IRS.
‘Cooley has a first class tax practice. Kathleen Pakenham is a brilliant tax practitioner and a pleasure to collaborate with. She is pragmatic and business focused.’
Turo, Shareholders of Braen Commercial Holdings
S. Crow Collateral Corp.
In addition to its reputation as a leading firm in Silicon Valley, Cooley LLP has a commercial disputes department which is active across the country and highly regarded for its technology and life sciences practices. In a matter demonstrating development of the firm's East Coast antitrust litigation, Philip Bowman is representing pharmaceutical company Retrophin in an antitrust case filed by Spring Pharmaceuticals and pending in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The department also has wide-ranging expertise in IP and trade secrets litigation. On the East Coast, Joseph Drayton is defending Bloomberg against patent infringement and theft of trade secrets claims in the Southern District of New York. In the Central District of California, Michael Attanasio and Alan Levine are representing plaintiff ChromaDex in a trade secrets and breach of contract dispute against Elysium Health. Among significant team developments, Travis LeBlanc joined the DC office in January 2019 from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to become vice-chair of the firm's cyber/data/privacy practice.
Other key lawyers:
Douglas Chertok/Vast Ventures
Phoenix Navigation Components
The family and estate of Junior Seau
Two Jinn d/b/a Aladdin Bail Bonds
Based in New York, Cooley LLP’s international arbitration department specializes in commercial and investment treaty arbitration in the technology and life sciences sectors, though its recent work has also shown activity in the construction and energy sectors, as well as in post-M&A arbitrations and general commercial disputes. The department prides itself on its partner-led approach to dispute resolution, as well as on its transatlantic cooperation with its London-based counterpart, particularly in public international law issues. Mark Beckett, Marc Suskin and Rachel Thorn jointly lead the group.
‘We have been extremely satisfied with the firm’s expertise and services.‘
‘Cooley’s lawyers take a great ownership of the project assigned to them. They are very creative, hardworking, and always deliver great results. As an in-house counsel, the best benefit of engaging the team is that you can have a full trust that they will deliver the legal services needed, with the same level of attention and diligence that an in-house counsel would show.‘
‘Marc Suskin is very knowledgeable, accessible, gives good feedback, and is able to communicate clearly with me without using a lot of legal jingo.‘
‘Marc Suskin is an extraordinary partner who has a great vision on structuring arguments, presenting them and dealing with unexpected shifts in the arbitration processes. He is a top-notch arbitration lawyer with great personal skills.‘
‘Mark Beckett is an exceptional lawyer in the arbitration field. His ideas, the way in which he presents them, and his performance in hearings, are incomparable.‘
Baymina Enerji, A.Ş.
TCR Sports Broadcasting Holding, LLP
Koch Minerals Sàrl / Koch Nitrogen International Sàrl
BM Mühendislik ve Ïnşaat A.Ş.
Bursel Tekstil Sanayi ve Diş Ticaret A.Ş
Odyssey Marine Exploration
Cooley LLP specializes in handling highly technical cases involving manufacturing, life sciences, and technology. Key figures in the team include New York-based Ian Shapiro, who heads the East Coast business litigation group; Michael Sheetz in Boston, who has complementary experience negotiating employment contracts; and Stephen Smith, who chairs the IP litigation team from Washington DC. Adam Gershenson, also based in Boston, is another name to note. Jonathan Bach left the firm in January 2019 to join Shapiro Arato Bach.
Intellectual property > Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 5
Cooley LLP specialises in prosecution work for life sciences clients, including pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology players. The key offices are New York where practice head Ivor Elrifi is based, and Palo Alto from where Mika Reiner Mayer operates.
Primarily based in Palo Alto, the team at Cooley LLP stands out for its established capabilities in venture capital funds work. Among the team's recent highlights, John Dado assisted Menlo Ventures with the closing of The Inflection Fund, which raised $500m, while John Clendenin advised Arboretum Ventures on the closing of its fifth fund, valued at $250m. Another key figure is Nicole Peppe in the Boston office; she advised 3L Capital on the closing of its debut fund, which raised $217m. Shane Goudey, Mark Tanoury, and San Francisco-based Jordan Silber are also recommended. Craig Dauchy has retired.
Real estate > Real estate Tier 5
Cooley LLP handles development projects and commercial leasing matters across a range of asset types, including mixed-use, office, retail, residential, industrial and transport, healthcare and hotel projects. John Lavoie oversees the practice in Reston, Virginia. Lavoie specializes in corporate real estate transactions and property finance throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The team is particularly knowledgeable of the Washington DC and North Virginia markets and directs particular attention to the acquisition, construction, development financing and leasing of data centers.
Other key lawyers:
Miller & Smith
SA Associates South
The Wharf/PN Hoffman
Cooley LLP fields a number of experienced tax practitioners, including Boston-based William Corcoran, who advises corporates and partnerships on state and federal income tax matters. Kathleen Pakenham chairs the practice from New York. Alexander Lee is likewise recommended.
Cooley LLP > Firm Profile
Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies with an emphasis on technology, life sciences and other high-growth industries. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. The firm has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the US, China and Europe.
Main areas of practice
Corporate: key corporate strengths include capital markets, M&A, emerging companies, venture capital, tech transactions and life sciences corporate partnering and licensing.
Litigation: key litigation strengths include antitrust, class actions, ITC, international arbitrations, patent, privacy, regulatory, securities, tax controversy, trademark and white-collar. Cooley’s global trial practice has won verdicts and awards worth billions of dollars and protected market share for innovative clients against competitors, consumers and regulators.
Intellectual property: key strengths include IP litigation across all major venues, patent counseling and prosecution, trademark, copyright and advertising, and due diligence, licensing and strategic transactions. Cooley lawyers have filed 9,500+ patent applications and 5,000+ trademark applications worldwide and have collectively led 1,000+ investor-side and company-side due diligence reviews.
Regulatory: key strengths include antitrust and competition, communications, financial services, government contracts, insurance, healthcare, higher education, international trade, media and securities.
Antitrust and competition: providing a full range of counseling, litigation, agency representation and arbitration services, Cooley handles all aspects of antitrust/competition law and trade regulation matters for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as growing companies in virtually every sector of the economy.
Capital markets: advised on 88 completed public offerings in 2016, leading all law firms for VC-backed technology and life sciences IPOs since 2013 and as company counsel for US venture-backed IPOs.
Emerging companies: represents 5,000+ private companies, including thousands of technology, life sciences and other high-growth businesses with all aspects of their formation and development. The firm is involved in 800+ financings annually.
IP litigation: with 500+ IP cases in the last five years, including 400+ patent cases, Cooley is widely acknowledged as one of the top IP litigation practices in the US and consistently ranks in the top ten for patent litigation.
Life sciences: represents more than 50% of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index. With 1,200+ public and private life science company clients worldwide, Cooley is the leading deal firm across all aspects of corporate and transactional practices, including M&A.
M&A: since 2010, handled 1,000+ M&A transactions with an aggregate value of over $293bn, making the practice one of the most active in the country, particularly for technology and life sciences companies.
Privacy and data protection: represents cutting-edge start-ups and well-known global companies such as Google, Facebook, eBay, LinkedIn and Sony. The firm advised on 30 data security incidents and handled more than a dozen privacy class action litigations.
Public companies: counsels public companies in high-stakes, complex business and litigation matters across the globe. The firm serves as principal corporate governance and securities counsel for 160+ publicly traded companies and currently represents 500+ publicly traded companies.
Securities litigation: with 500+ representations over the past decade, the firm’s securities litigation clients include a diverse range of businesses and individuals, including start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.
Venture capital: Cooley is counsel to 350+ investment fund organizations. The firm also advises on 800+ venture financings annually, company and investor-side combined.
|Corporate (capital markets, M&A, emerging companies, venture capital, tech transactions and life sciences, corporate partnering and licensing)|
|Litigation (advertising, appellate, antitrust, class actions, employment, ITC, international arbitrations, patent, privacy, regulatory, securities, tax controversy, trademark and white-collar)|
Staff FiguresNumber of Partners : 300 Number of Other Fee-Earners : 900 Total Staff : 2,000+
OtherCEO : Joe Conroy Chairman : Stephen Neal
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Advice to issuers
- Venture capital and emerging companies
- Data Privacy and Data Protection
- Technology transactions
- Advice to managers
- Healthcare: life sciences
- Trademarks: litigation
- M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
- Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
- Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory
- Securities litigation: defense
- Patents: litigation (full coverage)
- Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing)
- Telecoms and broadcast: transactional
- Land use/zoning
- US taxes: contentious
- General commercial disputes
- International arbitration
- Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
- Leading trial lawyers
- Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings)
- Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- Real estate
- US taxes: non-contentious