Firm Profile > Cooley LLP > Washington DC, United States

Cooley LLP
777 6TH STREET, NW
SUITE 1100
WASHINGTON DC 20001
United States

Capital markets: equity offerings Tier 1

Cooley LLP cemented its standing at the forefront of the equity market in 2020, thanks in no small part to the buoyancy of the life sciences and tech sectors, a focus area for the Silicon Valley-headquartered firm. The capital markets team has an impressive geographic spread with senior team members in San Diego, San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York and Boston. Often recognized for its strong record with issuer clientss, it has also developed a fine standing among key banks; it advised the underwriters on Livongo’s $408m IPO and subsequent $550m convertible note offering and $75m follow-on offering. On the tech side, it represented Snowflake in its $3.4bn offering—the largest software IPO ever. San Diego partner Charlie Kim and San Francisco's David Peinsipp are co-chairs of the global capital markets practice. It further enhanced its New York standing with the hire of Eric Blanchard, a leader in pharmaceuticals and life sciences offerings, from Covington & Burling LLP in March 2020, though Alison Haggerty left the firm for Latham & Watkins LLP in December 2020.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Kim; Dave Peinsipp

Other key lawyers:

Eric Jensen; Eric Blanchard; Div Gupta; Nicole Brookshire; Richard Segal

Key clients

Uber

Snap

Vir Biotechnology

NVIDIA

Datadog

Inventiva SA

Splunk

Legend Biotech

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Hyliion

Etsy

Morgan Stanley

Shenzen Fangdd

Goldman Sachs

Bank of America

J.P. Morgan Securities

Vital Farms

Zoetis

Alarm.com

Repare Therapeutics

Unity Software

Asana

Snowflake

Healthcare: life sciences Tier 1

Cooley LLP is a top-tier practice recognized for its strong transactional abilities, particularly in life sciences IPOs, M&A and collaboration agreements. Kay Chandler chairs the global life sciences practice from San Diego, and recently advised Neurocrine Biosciences on its $2bn strategic partnership agreement with Takeda to develop and commercialize potential therapies for psychiatric disorders. Also recommended in San Diego is corporate lawyer Barbara Borden, who has experience with M&A and public financing transactions in the life sciences sector, and Koji Fukumura, who focuses on securities litigation. Palo Alto-based Marya Postner is recommended for strategic alliances and major licensing and profit-sharing arrangements, as are Laura Berezin and Kate Hillier. Vice chair Christian Plaza and Ken Krisko advise on securities offerings and commercialization deals from Reston, Virgina. The patent practice is led by Ivor Elrifi in New York, and also includes top litigators Michelle Rhyu and Sanya Sukduang in Palo Alto and Washington DC, respectively.

Other key lawyers:

Kay Chandler; Christian Plaza; Barbara Borden; Koji Fukumura; Marya Postner; Laura Berezin; Ken Krisko; Ivor Elrifi; Michelle Rhyu; Sanya Sukduang; Kate Hillier

Key clients

Autolus Therapeutics

CSL Behring

eFFECTOR Therapeutics

Fate Therapeutics

Immatics

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Legend Biotech

Neurocrine Biosciences

PhaseBio Pharmaceuticals

Pulmonx Corporation

RenalytixAI

Sangamo Therapeutics

Synthorx

Vir Biotechnology

Technology transactions Tier 1

Cooley LLP is deeply entrenched in the technology sector, with a top reputation for supporting clients on every stage of the value chain, from start-ups through to established developers and consumers. This includes advice on IP and licensing matters, development and distribution agreements, and joint venture and M&A-related transactions. Key partners include group chair T’Challa Jabari Graham in Palo Alto, Adam Ruttenberg and Adam Chase in Washington DC, and Keith Berets in Colorado.

Venture capital and emerging companies Tier 1

Cooley LLP has an 'excellent' practice that has been a leading presence in the market for many years. The firm's offering extends well beyond its Silicon Valley origins, with clients benefiting from a strong domestic and international network. This includes advice to entrepreneurs and emerging companies, as well as venture capital and corporate venture funds. The experienced team handles matters at every stage of the value chain, from initial seed financings through to IPOs and beyond. Boston-based partner Pat Mitchell co-chairs the global emerging growth companies practice. Other key individuals include Mark Tanoury and the extremely well-regarded Sale Kwon in Palo Alto, Michael Lincoln in Reston, Peter Werner and Rachel Proffitt in San Francisco, and Adam Dinow in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Pat Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Mark Tanoury; Sale Kwon; Michael Lincoln; Peter Werner; Rachel Proffitt; Adam Dinow

Key clients

SoftBank Vision Fund

Hungry

Instacart

Guild Education

Exor

Quantum Energy Partners

Thras.io

General Catalyst Partners

Orca Bio

Andreesen Horowitz

Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection) Tier 2

Cooley LLP has longstanding client relationships with key names such as Google and Zoom Video Communications, though the group handles a substantial amount of work for both established and emerging companies. The multidisciplinary service group is jointly led by Michael Rhodes and Matthew Brown in San Francisco, Travis LeBlanc in Washington DC and David Navetta in the Denver office, and has expertise across private lawsuits, privacy investigations and regulatory inquiries. In particular, it recently secured a multimillion-dollar settlement for Facebook in a class action suit filed under Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act. Recent highlights also cover the data issues raised by webscraping, the violation of non-disclosure agreements, caller ID spoofing and ransomware attacks. Former vice chair Boris Segalis joined Goodwin in February 2021.

Practice head(s):

Michael Rhodes; Matthew Brown; Travis LeBlanc; David Navetta

Other key lawyers:

Kristopher Kleiner

Testimonials

‘Our experience with the Cooley team has been very positive. They are very sharp, knowledgeable and have a good grasp of the technical issues, so they can have a meaningful conversation with your in-house technical team.’

‘They are thoughtful, good writers, and extremely diligent. We have had nothing but positive experiences with them. Travis LeBlanc and Kris Kleiner in particular have stood out as being extremely knowledgeable and capable.’

‘They are always available. There was never a time when they were not able to be contacted for advice. The advice was always well thought out and valuable.’

‘I found this firm better prepared to handle our issues than the team of lawyers of our parent company.’

Key clients

Coty

FabFitFun

Facebook

Google

King Kylie

Remine

WhatsApp

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.

Instacart

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Land use/zoning Tier 2

From its office in Reston, Virginia, granting geographic proximity to a number of significant mixed-use developments, Cooley LLP's land use and zoning team advises owners, developers and investors on the full range of matters across Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. John Lavoie coordinates the team and heads firm's wider real estate practice, but Mark Looney and Colleen Gillis are the names to note for land use-specific advice. Looney and Gillis both have significant experience acting for major developers and national, regional and local companies in land use entitlements for projects ranging from large planned community developments to hotels and offices.

Practice head(s):

John Lavoie

Other key lawyers:

Colleen Gillis; Mark Looney

Testimonials

‘This practice is considered among the elite/best in the local market for handling complex cases, complex negotiations and for getting land use cases approved at a near perfect rate.’

‘They are collaborative and willing to listen (not bull-headed). Colleen Gillis does an amazing job handling a huge workload without missing a beat, thanks to her amazing team of attorneys.’

Key clients

Peterson Companies

Boston Properties

Comstock

Hines Interests Limited Partnership

Brookfield Properties

Retail Properties of America (RPAI)

Brambleton Group

IDI Group Companies

EYA

CloudHQ

M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m) Tier 2

Cooley LLP has a sizable M&A practice providing the full range of transactions advice both to public and private companies. The practice group regularly acts for acquirers, targets and sellers in connection to all-cash and all-stock acquisitions, public company mergers, and take-private transactions, with a strong focus on the technology and life sciences industries. Barbara Borden, who concentrates on cross-border acquisitions and joint venture structuring, heads the team from San Diego. In San Francisco, Jamie Leigh handles transactional matters for clients including Uber, NVIDIA, Tableau and Zoom, and Ben Beerle has broad expertise in M&A and joint ventures. Also of note, the New York office welcomed the arrival of Kevin Cooper from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in March 2020, but also saw the departure of three partners.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Borden; Jamie Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Ben Beerle; Kevin Cooper

Testimonials

‘Cooley has experienced lawyers who understand the nuance and practicality of negotiations and where to take acceptable business risk. Also understand how to manage board dynamics and how to navigate complex transactions with multiple stakeholders.’

‘What I appreciate about this team is their rapid response to questions, and their availability in general.’

‘Every individual I’ve worked with over the past 15-18 years has taken a personal interest in us, the founders, as well as the company as we expanded.’

‘Deep knowledge and experience. They really take the time to understand the business’

Key clients

ArcherDX

Avedro

Battery Ventures

Centerview Partners

Cornerstone OnDemand

Dova Pharmaceuticals

Eric Roza

Finicity

Forty Seven

Instructure

Kim Kardashian West

Kylie Jenner / King Kylie Cosmetics

MIRROR

Portola

Sazerac

Sunrun

Synthorx

TiVo

Xyphos Biosciences

Zoom Video Communications

Securities litigation: defense Tier 2

Cooley LLP is predominantly focused on securities litigation involving clients in the technology and life sciences industries, which together account for more than 50% of the total number of securities class actions filed each year in the US. Acting in the the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation, the firm has a stellar track record in securing the dismissed of securities class actions in pre-trial motions. The firm has defended more life sciences companies in securities class actions during the last ten years than any other firm, and its strong presence in the technology sector is confirmed by on-going matters such as the defense of Twitter and two of former officers in a securities class action alleging that the company made false or misleading statements about its user growth and engagement. The core team is based in San Diego, where Koji Fukumura, Peter Adams and Ryan Blair are the main practitioners, but the practice group also has a presence in Boston, Seattle, Palo Alto and New York.

Practice head(s):

Koji Fukumura

Other key lawyers:

Peter Adams; Ryan Blair

Key clients

Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Arlo Technologies, Inc.

Bloom Energy Corporation

CenturyLink

Eventbrite

Fastly

Geron Corporation

Meredith Corporation

Overstock

Mu Sigma

NewLink Genetics

NVIDIA

Qualcomm, Inc.

Salesforce.com, Inc.

Tableau

Tesla

Twitter

Zoom Video Communications, Inc

Telecoms and broadcast: regulatory Tier 2

Cooley LLP’s client base includes traditional players such as T-Mobile and CBS, as well as emerging tech companies and investors. Former commissioner of the FCC Robert McDowell co-chairs the practice and recently assisted Microsoft with its request to use unused TV channels for wireless broadband connectivity. He leads the team alongside Michael Basile, who has been advising Apollo Capital Management and Scripps on their acquisitions of telecoms infrastructure. Other key contacts in the team include Travis LeBlanc, who focuses on cybersecurity and data privacy; satellite expert JG Harrington; and John Feore, who has extensive experience in TV broadcasting matters.

Practice head(s):

Robert McDowell; Michael Basile

Other key lawyers:

Travis LeBlanc; JG Harrington; John Feore

Testimonials

‘One of the few remaining FCC regulatory practices, with a key focus on problem solving and not creating problems.’

‘Michael Basile is calm, cool, collected and full of knowledge and advice. He understands that the law is the starting point, and corporate politics and industry relations may drive answers.’

Jason Rademacher provides real-world efficient advice. No beating around the bush.’

Trademarks: litigation Tier 2

Cooley LLP represents clients in the technology and life sciences sectors in the full range of high-stakes trademark litigation matters. Members of the team also have deep experience of counseling well-known brands on US and international clearance, protection, and other controversy matters. Moreover, the team has a strong on-the-ground presence on both US coasts. Practice co-chair Ivor Elrifi is based in New York and leads on a wide range of IP-related litigation and arbitration matters, while senior counsel John Crittenden in San Francisco is recommended for litigating trademark and unfair competition cases. In 2020 Nick Bolter departed for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Charlie Winckworth left to set up a solo practice.

Practice head(s):

lvor Elrifi

Other key lawyers:

John Crittenden

Fintech Tier 3

Cooley LLP has a strong reputation in the technology legal market. This expertise extends to the fintech sphere where it advises on matters across corporate and finance transactions, data privacy and IP. Boston-based practice head Alfred Browne is a contact for private equity and technology matters.

Patents: litigation (full coverage) Tier 3

Cooley LLP excels in life sciences and technology-related disputes, with its successes in a number of other sectors, including the electronics, pharmaceutical, computer hardware and software industries particularly notable. The group is especially well known for its success in leading challenging disputes for some of the market's largest technology and life sciences players, but is also very active for start-ups and emerging companies, many of which also entrust the firm with their prosecution and licensing matters. Hatch-Waxman litigation is also dealt with. With a presence in Palo Alto, where Heidi Keefe is based, in Washington DC, from where Stephen Smith directs the practice, in New York, in Reston, San Francisco and Denver, the group is close to the country's main innovation hubs. In March 2020, the Washington DC practice gained an expert in pharmaceutical and biotechnology disputes with the arrival of Jonathan Davies and a life sciences dispute and transactional specialist in Sanya Sukduang, who also brings his Hatch-Waxman experience to the table. Both were formerly at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP. In February 2020, Susan Krumplitsch and Ellen Scordino joined DLA Piper LLP (US).

Practice head(s):

Stephen Smith

Other key lawyers:

Heidi Keefe; Phillip Morton; Erik Milch; Lowell Mead; Sanya Sukduang; Jonathan Davies; DeAnna Allen; Joseph Drayton; Mark Weinstein; Adam Pivovar; Reuben Chen; Matthew Brigham; Jon Graves

Testimonials

‘The team ran lean and efficiently. No wasted phone calls, no ‘boil the ocean’ exercises. They formed working plans early and stuck to them. I never dreaded the check-in with them on the litigation because I knew it would actually be useful, not just clocking time.’

‘Heide Keefe and Lowell Mead were amazing day to day contacts. They really do partner with you; Heide tells it how it is and Lowell often knew my next question before I thought to ask it. They never once said they were unavailable when I needed to speak with them and were overall a pleasure to work with.’

‘Joe Drayton is a fantastic partner. Max Bernstein is a phenomenal associate.’

‘Stephen Smith is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced patent litigators on the market. Extremely business-oriented and always willing to provide business advice, based on the strategy of the company.’

‘Cooley’s deep experience in litigating biotech patent disputes was clearly reflected in the sound legal advice provided during each phase of the matter. The strong commitment of the Cooley team showed in their high-quality work product. Cooley’s strategic thinking and attention to detail led to a favorable result.’

‘Michelle Rhyu’s dynamic leadership of the Cooley team, her responsiveness to client requests, and overall dedication to the matter were remarkable.’

‘Eamonn Gardner made communication easy, had great insights on strategy, and was a pleasure to work with. ’

‘We are pleased to work with the team consisting of highly qualified lawyers, because they know our case very well . The team’s particular strengths are their extensive expertise, flexibility in terms of timing and a client-oriented approach.’

‘It’s a great experience to work with Joe Drayton. Joe suggested a business-oriented approach for us. His recommendations are always well considered. He proved to be a confident and experienced lawyer, but at the same time he is calm and polite.’

‘Our Cooley IP team members work seamlessly together. Individually, they are responsive, quick to get to the point, excellent in strategy, and write and communicate well.’

‘Jon Graves is a great strategizer and wonderful writer. His arguments are always crisp, succinct and well organized’

‘Shawn Yu is excellent in both the understanding of the science and the patent matters. He is quick to grasp the essential, and strong in prioritizing and strategizing.’

‘This is an excellent IP litigation team. Very detailed, professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Erik Milch is an excellent lawyer. Extremely knowledgeable, professional and meticulous in analysis and leadership.’

‘Cooley takes control of their cases and as in-house counsel you never have to worry about things being driven forward or slipping through the cracks. Heidi Keefe is very ‘take charge’,  knowledgeable, and strategic. She and the whole team really conveys that they very much care about providing great service and most importantly, winning the case. They are expensive, but not among the most expensive of firms, and they are worth the expense for the right case.’

‘Heidi Keefe is confident and open to discussion on points of strategy.’

‘Mark Weinstein is also very strategic, and exceptional when it comes to transactional work like licenses.’

Key clients

C3Nano

Content Square SAS

CSL Behring

Liquidia

SAIC

Box

CoolIT

Directed

Facebook

Harpoon

Microsoft

Qualcomm

Snap

Tencent

Tesla

Walmart

Wyze

Alairion

Arvinas

BAI Intelligence LLC

Biolux Research Holdings, Inc.

Bloomberg

Bumble

DalCor Pharma UK

Google

Flexion Therapeutics

JCyte Therapeutics

McMaster University

RenalytixAI

ServiceNow

Tivity Health

Usher III Initiative, Inc.

Telecoms and broadcast: transactions Tier 3

Cooley LLP operates under the leadership of Michael Basile and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell, and as such is a popular choice for transactions that require FFC approval. Basile's recent workload has included advising private equity house Apollo Capital Management on its acquisition of 31 TV stations and 59 radio stations, while McDowell has been assisting Microsoft with extending its wireless broadband connectivity. Other noteworthy individuals in the team include Travis LeBlanc, who has deep experience in internal investigations, and JG Harrington, a name to note for financings and bankruptcy work.

Practice head(s):

Michael Basile; Robert McDowell

Other key lawyers:

Travis LeBlanc; JG Harrington

Testimonials

‘Cross-functional lawyers who understand different approaches in the space and use learnings from other segments of the same broad industry to improve.’

Key clients

Apollo Global Management

Meredith Corporation

Gray Television

CBS Affiliates Association / Fox Affiliates Association

Scripps Media

Kylie Jenner / Kim Kardashian West

Recorded Books

Anheuser-Busch

National Public Radio (NPR)

Cox Media Group

Trademarks: non-contentious (including prosecution, portfolio management and licensing) Tier 3

Cooley LLP runs a sizeable trademark team with a long history of maintaining valuable international trademark portfolios, advising on general trademark prosecution, protection, and enforcement for a variety of corporate clients. In New York, Jeff Greene focuses on foreign and domestic brand counseling, and also regularly advising clients on trademark acquisitions, while Bobby Ghajar in Santa Monica advises a number of major brands, including food and drinks companies, on trademark portfolio management and enforcement. Also in Santa Monica, John Crittenden is recommended for trademark counseling and prosecution. Nick Bolter joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in June 2020, and Charlie Winckworth left to establish a solo practice in July 2020.

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Greene; Bobby Ghajar; John Crittenden

Transport: aviation and air travel - litigation and regulation Tier 3

Cooley LLP's 'dedication and dynamism is second to none'. The team is a go-to adviser for aerospace manufacturers in relation to accident litigation, including fatal air-crashes and wrongful death claims; the practice also acts in high-profile airport disputes and regularly represents freight carriers as liability and emergency response counsel. A 'go-to lawyer for aviation matters', practice head William O’Connor in San Diego is recognized for his 'deep industry knowledge'; O'Connor represented Columbia Helicopters in connection with the 2016 crash of a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter during a maintenance check flight. Associate Andrew Barr  in Denver is 'undoubtedly someone to watch'.

Practice head(s):

William O’Connor

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Barr; Parker Erkmann

Testimonials

Dedication and dynamism that is second to none.

‘Very well versed in aviation, with good pre-dispute analysis and a wide net of resources to get you answers in all domestic and international jurisdictions.

The Cooley aviation team has broad capabilities that span jurisdictions (they have an international reach) and practices (from regulatory to litigation and arbitration).

William O’Connor has deep industry knowledge and a profile on the market (in terms of peer recognition) which makes him a go to lawyer for aviation matters.

Associate Andrew Barr impressed me with his drafting and communication skills, and is undoubtedly someone to watch.

Andrew Barr made himself available during a true time of crisis for the company, and was always there to bounce off ideas with. With his background in litigating within our industry, he not only takes the legal aspects under review but also the business ones.

Key clients

MD Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters

Town of East Hampton

Textron

Spirit Aerosystems

JSX

Universal Avionics

Amazon

US taxes: contentious Tier 3

Cooley LLP’s tax litigation practice regularly represents domestic and multinational clients before the federal and state courts in administrative appeals, as well as in precedent-setting litigation. Of note, practice head and chair of the firm's business department Kathleen Pakenham is involved in cutting-edge tax disputes in Alaska concerning the taxation of an internet-based company domiciled in another state. In the real estate sector, Pakenham, Adriana Wirtz and Clint Massengill are currently representing property owners in property disputes concerning easement deductions. Stephen Gardner leads on transfer pricing disputes. Technology and fashion companies are also featured on the client roster. Named lawyers are based in New York.

Practice head(s):

Kathleen Pakenham

Other key lawyers:

Adriana Wirtz; Clint Massengill; Stephen Gardner

Key clients

Turo

Shareholders of Braen Commercial Holdings

S. Crow Collateral Corp

General commercial disputes Tier 4

Cooley LLP's 'extremely impressive' nationwide team is best known for its strong reputation in civil disputes involving major technology and healthcare companies. In this regard, the team has developed particular expertise in contract disputes, IP litigation and antitrust-related cases. Of recent note, Washington,DC-based Michael Klisch represented Patheon in a high-value class action regarding alleged violations of the Sherman Act. Ian Shapiro in New York stands out for his experience in complex commercial litigation, including antitrust claims and shareholder disputes. Patrick Gunn leads the practice from San Francisco. Experienced trial and appellate lawyer Kathleen Hartnett joined the firm's San Francisco office from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in February 2020.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Gunn

Other key lawyers:

Michael Klisch; Ian Shapiro; Kathleen Hartnett

Testimonials

‘Because Ian Shapiro understood our goals, he did not push us towards litigation but helped us pave a path to avoid it. Ian was instrumental in our business negotiations and in trying to help us find the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Ian is an expert at handling difficult personalities and keeping the parties calm and moving forward.’ 

‘The team is incredibly practical and efficient in its approach. While instilling confidence that they can litigate the most complex matters, they seek to resolve disputes efficiently, looking to obtain a cost-effective, beneficial outcome for clients.’

Key clients

Uber Technologies

University of Southern California

Mott Corporation

Conventus Orthopedics Corporation

BioMarin Pharmaceutical

Frontline Technologies Group

Appdiff

Turo

47 Senate Democrats

Abeona Therapeutics

Charlotte School of Law

CenturyLink

FabFitFun

Facebook

WhatsApp

Full Sail University

Gray Television

Inovio Pharmaceuticals

IQVIA

Mutual Pharmaceutical Company

Patheon

Cardtronics

Google

PayPal

Twitter

Hawaiian Gardens Casino

Qualcomm

ChromaDex

Cigna Corporation/Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company

Chicago Title Company

Zoom Video Communications

Airbnb

Wells Fargo & Company

Liberty Media Corporation

Iridium Communications

Maxar Technologies

Sony Electronics, Inc.

Rappi

Lux Capital

International arbitration Tier 4

The New York-based arbitration practice at Cooley LLP counts dispute resolution in the technology and life sciences industries among its core strengths, with additional expertise in sectors such as energy, natural resources, and construction. The team has a solid track record assisting clients with a wide range of commercial and investment treaty arbitrations conducted under the ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICC, and ICDR rules. In addition, it is also well-versed in advising on the enforcement of arbitral awards; Marc Suskin is a key contact for mandates in this regard. Following the departure of former department head Mark Beckett to found his own firm in the summer of 2020, Rachel Thorn took over sole leadership of the practice; she acts for a mix of multinational companies, sovereign states, and state-owned entities.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Thorn

Other key lawyers:

Marc Suskin

Key clients

Baymina Enerji, A.Ş.

Bursel Tekstil Sanayi ve Diş Ticaret A.Ş

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Odyssey Marine Exploration

Patheon

Patents: prosecution (including re-examination and post-grant proceedings) Tier 4

Cooley LLP is particularly active in the life sciences and technology sectors; these are aso industries in which the team of New York-based practice head Ivor Elrifi enjoys an excellent reputation for its start-up caseload. The group regularly accompanies clients from seed stage onwards, but is also sought after by market-leading multinationals. Forming a part of the firm's integrated patent offering that also includes litigation and licensing experts, the prosecution practice also includes an effective PTAB team with particular experience in inter partes reviews. Special counsel Sandhya Deo joined a pharmaceutical company in an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Ivor Elrifi

Other key lawyers:

Michael Tuscan; Fraser Brown; Matthew Langer; Mika Reiner Mayer; Scott Weston; Dean Farmer; Scott Talbot

Testimonials

Cooley is global in its knowledge and reach and yet retains the service excellence of personal service. Their team is incredibly talented and knowledgeable.

Very creative IP attorneys. Excellent scientific and IP expertise. They are outstanding at simplifying complex scientific and patent matters into laymans terms.

Strong leadership with strategic IP capabilities beyond patent drafting and prosecution.

They understand our technology and just get everything we need them to get, which is so important when filing patents and moving quickly. They are responsive, creative, smart and personable. We love working with them!

Cooley is very technical and collaborative in their approach to IP. They want to deeply understand the technology and help guide their clients through the legal process of IP.

They are careful, diligent, and do extensive and thoughtful analysis where warranted. They offer an extraordinary level of care and analysis that is uncommon in this space.

They are simply outstanding in terms of time spent on details and execution. They are likewise a fair bit cleverer than the competition and are frequently a step ahead in their recommendations and counsel.

Matt Langer and his colleagues have developed a deep understanding of our goals, strengths, and challenges, which has enabled them to provide legal counsel tailored to our particular circumstances. As a result, Cooley has become a highly respected and valued partner.

Erich Veitenheimer is our lead contact and has an incredible background specific to our needs that is not likely available from any other source. In addition to the specific knowledge and experience, Erich has always been 100% vested in our success and development – he is our top, most trusted advisor!

Erich Veitenheimer is the best patent attorney I have ever worked with.  He is extremely knowledgeable, very creative, and very thoughtful. Jon Counsin is also exceptional.  Very knowledgeable and easy to work with.

Both Chris Holly and Erin Foley are excellent. Chris Holly is extremely personable and responsive, and he is always willing to work with me until I have exactly what I need. He is also great interfacing with the patent examiners and we have been very happy with the results he has gotten us. Erin Foley is one of the best associates I have ever worked with – she is extremely smart and on top of everything we need from her (which is a huge workload) and she never misses anything. Can’t say enough good things about both of them!

Scott Weston and Lesly McAnelly are both exceptional to work with. I deeply appreciate both their attention to detail, understanding of the technology and ability to clearly articulate the many nuances of IP law and processes.

Dean Farmer:  good-humored, great memory for details, valuable depth of experience, understands needs of smaller pharma companies. Connie Tong (patent agent):  excellent attention to detail, organized, well-prepared and thorough.

Matt Langer is an extraordinary individual. He is both clever and personable.  He explains the details well and executes on these equally well. The level of service and detail is simply outstanding and worth every penny. Likewise his associate Alla Kagan has been remarkable in her care and attention to our file. These two are a fantastic team!’

Key clients

Alpine Roads

Aptose Biosciences

Ascus Biosciences

Atai Life Sciences

Black Diamond Therapeutics

BioXcel Therapeutics

C16 Biosciences

C3Nano

Compass Pathways Ltd

Essa Pharma

Evolutionary Genomics, Inc.

Forbius (Formation Biologics)

GW Pharmaceuticals

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Lava Therapeutics

Microbion Corporation

Novavax

Pivot Bio

Provivi, Inc

Secura Bio

Zymergen

Alairion

Arvinas

Bai Intelligence LLC

Biolux Research Holdings, Inc.

Bloomberg

Bumble

DalCor Pharma UK

Facebook

Google

Flexion Therapeutics

JCyte Therapeutics

McMaster University

RenalytixAI

ServiceNow

Tivity Health

Usher III Initiative, Inc.

24M Technologies, Inc.

ArQule, Inc.

Cyteir Therapeutics, Inc.

Exosome Diagnostics, Inc.

LiquiGlide, Inc.

Magnolia Medical Technologies, Inc.

NanoString Technologies, Inc.

Perception Neurosciences, Inc.

Poseida Therapeutics, Inc.

AtriCure

Demetrix

Intersect ENT

Intuity Medical

Myovant Sciences

Oyster Point Pharma

Private equity funds (including venture capital) Tier 4

Well regarded for its venture capital funds work, Cooley LLP fields an experienced team from its primary office in Palo Alto. The group continues to prove its position as a major player in venture capital, with impressive capabilities in the establishment and buyout of multibillion-dollar VC funds. Practice head John Dado has a strong track record with high-profile clientele and frequently acts for instantly recognizable names in the technology sector. Recently, Dado advised the Peter Thiel’s Founder Fund on the formation of its $1.5bn growth fund, while John Clendenin advised Venrock on the closing of its latest healthcare focused fund valued at $447m. Shane Goudey and San Francisco-based Jordan Silber are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Dado

Key clients

Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)

Menlo Ventures

BoxGroup

CAVU Venture Partners

Forerunner Ventures

The Founders Fund

Lightspeed Venture Partners China

5am Ventures

Lux Capital

M13

M33 Growth

Norwest Venture Partners

Owl Ventures

Pear VC

Redpoint Ventures

SVB Capital

GGV Capital

Qiming Venture Partners

Venrock

Lerer Hippeau

Sutter Hill Ventures

Upfront Ventures

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) Tier 4

The life sciences and technology experts at Cooley LLP assist clients with developing, defining, protecting and defending trade secrets. The firm’s fortes include assessing risks, counseling clients and acting in trade secret misappropriation and breaches of fiduciary duty claims. Other specialisms in the area are IP audits, advising on employee movements and preparing confidentiality, nondisclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Notable on the the deep bench are Ian Shapiro in New York, who is head of the East Coast business litigation practice, and Michelle Rhyu based in Palo Alto, who represents life sciences companies in patent, contract and trade secrets disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Shapiro; Michelle Rhyu; Joseph Drayton; Michael Attanasio; Michael Sheetz; Adam Gershenson; Steve Smith; Matt Brigham

Key clients

Directed

Harpoon Therapeutics

Bloomberg

Qualcomm

ChromaDex, Inc.

Conventus Orthopedics Corporation

Mott Corporation

Frontline Technologies Group, LLC

Appdiff

Sotera Wireless

Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional Tier 5

Cooley LLP’s employee benefits and executive compensation practice has a strong focus on the technology and life sciences sectors, with an established West Coast footprint. The team cites expertise in handling high-value, high-profile M&A transactions and IPOs. Palo Alto-based Alessandra Murata is recommended for advice on severance packages, tax compliance matters and equity compensation arrangements. In Los Angeles, Barbara Mirza provides advice to companies on the compensation aspects of IPOs. The 'knowledgeable, responsive and business-minded' Joshua Friedman is a key name in the Boston office.

Practice head(s):

Amy Wood

Other key lawyers:

Alessandra Murata; Barbara Mirza; Joshua Friedman

Testimonials

The team at Cooley is incredibly knowledgeable and business-minded. I always get a clear answer from them that is practical and actionable. The answer is always direct and to the point, and the team is always very responsive.

Key clients

Snowflake

Asana

Etsy

Levi Strauss

Zoom

AppHarvest

Vital Farms

Merger control Tier 5

Cooley LLP handles the full range of merger control work, ranging from Hart-Scott-Rodino filings to DOJ and FTC investigations, defense litigation, and international clearance proceedings. Particularly strong in the technology and life sciences spaces, the firm has successfully secured federal and state clearances for deals under significant political scrutiny, such as Finicity's acquisition by Mastercard. The team is led by Washington DC-based Jackie Grise, who has a successful record in merger clearances, regularly defending transactions before the FTC, DOJ, and international competition bodies on behalf of major clients such as Finicity and Tableau. Another key team member is New York's Tanisha James, who specializes in multi-jurisdictional merger clearance for multibillion-dollar deals, and is recognized as an up-and-coming player within the antitrust merger space.

Practice head(s):

Jackie Grise

Other key lawyers:

Howard Morse; David Burns

Testimonials

‘Very intelligent analysis delivered practically. Real insight into agencies, and particular expertise regarding tech/pharma.’

‘An understanding of the media and technology space that transcends just antitrust knowledge.’

‘Overall very easy to work with, always available, and provide great insights/strategy recommendations.’

‘The antitrust team that we worked with was extremely well connected with regulatory agencies and very familiar to senior regulators. They also had considerable expertise responding to inquiries and navigating government agencies. They had a strong grasp of our business and the underlying issues that we were seeking to address.’

‘Howard Morse brings extensive expertise in navigating antitrust issues. David Burns is able to bring senior experience and support all aspects of our process including drafting, interviews, research and meeting preparation.’

Key clients

Exor/Giovanni Agnelli BV

Group Nine Media

I-Mab Biopharma

Instructure

Looker Data Sciences

Rappi

Retrophin

Roman Health Ventures/Ro

Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited

Workday

Arcus Biosciences

Cornerstone OnDemand

Forty Seven

Finicity

Meredith Corporation

Portola

Prasco Laboratories

Prolacta

Travere Therapeutics (formerly known as Retrophin, which announced a company name change on November 16, 2020)

Sazerac

Tableau

TiVo

Uber

ZOLL Medical

Sony Corporation

LegalZoom.com, Inc.

Patheon, Inc.

Gray Television, Inc.

Real estate Tier 5

The real estate lawyers at Cooley LLP are experts in the proptech field and provide a full-service offering in relation to data center assets, acting at every stage of relevant projects from acquisition, planning and construction through to development financing and subsequent leasing. Department chair John Lavoie, a Reston-based lawyer with a focus on the Washington DC and Mid-Atlantic markets, also handles matters in the office, retail and industrial sectors where he is engaged in purchase, sale, leasing and development mandates, including those relating to corporate headquarters. Lawyers at the firm’s San Diego office are particularly active in the finance and investment fields and represent numerous private equity and opportunity funds.

Practice head(s):

John Lavoie

Other key lawyers:

Samantha LaPine; Michael Levinson; Michelle Schulman

Testimonials

‘Recommended for their understanding of our business, entirely collaborative approach, attention to detail and willingness to work with the client.’

Key clients

Aligned Energy Holdings, LP

Manchester Financial Group

Sazerac

Global Energy

Retrophin Inc.

Neurocrine Biosciences

Verb Surgical

Pivot Bio

Medallia

Juno Residential

goPuff

The Cherner Family

Falls Church, VA – West Falls / PN Hoffman

CoreSite

Neustar

The Wharf / PN Hoffman

Leidos

Remine

CloudHQ

Milestone Communications

M&A: large deals ($1bn+) Tier 6

With a strong focus on tech-based companies and growth industries, Cooley LLP has enjoyed a prolific transactional year in the areas of healthcare, life sciences, and innovation technology. The firm advises new companies from inception to sale, as well as acting for emerging major tech and media companies, including Zoom and TiVo. San Diego-based co-head Barbara Borden advised clinical-stage biotechnology company Synthorx on its sale to Sanofi, while San Francisco practice head Jamie Leigh acted for Sunrun, a market leading energy provider, in its acquisition of solar energy company Vivint Solar in an all-stock transaction worth $3.2bn, reflecting the firm's movement into large-cap deals in a variety of innovation-focused industries. In addition, the firm’s corporate advisory work and antitrust capabilities allow it to act on complex transactions involving demanding Silicon Valley clients and regulatory regimes, bolstered by a strong platform in Asia and across the US. Palo Alto-based partner Steven Tonsfeldt is also noted for his record in M&A.

Practice head(s):

Barbara Becker; Jamie Leigh

Other key lawyers:

Steve Tonsfeldt

Key clients

ArcherDX

Avedro

Battery Ventures

Centerview Partners

Cornerstone OnDemand

Dova Pharmaceuticals

Eric Roza

Finicity

Forty Seven

Instructure

Kim Kardashian West

Kylie Jenner / King Kylie Cosmetics

MIRROR

Portola

Sazerac

Sunrun

Synthorx

TiVo

Xyphos Biosciences

Zoom Video Communications

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 6

Cooley LLP's tax department is led by Kathleen Pakenham in New York, and also includes Alexander Lee in Los Angeles, who is recommended for M&A and debt and equity finance transactions, acting for start-ups and private investors.

Commercial lending

Cooley LLP has a very solid finance practice, and is capable of advising borrowers and sponsors on all major types of financings. In particular, the firm has core strengths in the areas of technology and life sciences, where it advises a number of established market players on acquisition financings, in addition to assisting innovative start-ups with securing capital for development. The key partners include practice heads Gian-Michele a Marca and Michael Tollini, who operate from San Francisco and Washington, DC, respectively. Patrick Flanagan is recommended in the New York office.

Practice head(s):

Gian-Michele a Marca; Michael Tollini

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Flanagan; Jason Savich

Key clients

Uber Technologies Inc.

Athenex, Inc.

Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd.

BioMarin Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Cornerstone OnDemand, Inc.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

HealthCare Royalty Partners

Meredith Corporation

Pure Storage, Inc.

Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Horizon Therapeutics PLC

Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense

Cooley LLP continues to expand its white-collar defense and investigations team, having recently welcomed several new partners. In San Francisco, John Hemann joined from the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California in November 2019, and Kathleen Hartnett joined from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP in February 2020. Further afield, Andrew Goldstein and Elizabeth Prelogar joined the DC office from the DOJ. New York’s William Schwartz heads the practice and is experienced in representing multinationals before the DOJ and SEC. The wider team acts both for corporates and individuals, and handles large-scale investigations, fraud, bribery and corruption matters, with a particular focus on the technology and life sciences sectors.

Practice head(s):

William Schwartz

Other key lawyers:

Randall Lee; John Hemann; Andrew Goldstein; Kathleen Hartnett; Elizabeth Prelogar

Cooley’s lawyers solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established public and private companies with an emphasis on tech, 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. Cooley maintains an environment of inclusion and is proud to be recognized by Law360 as a “Best Law Firm for Minority Partners.” The firm has 1,200+ lawyers across 17 offices in the US, Asia and Europe.

Main areas of practice
Corporate: Key corporate strengths include capital markets, M&A, emerging and public companies, venture capital, tech transactions and life sciences corporate partnering and licensing. Cooley is continuously ranked as the most active law firm representing issuers and underwriters in IPOs in the life sciences and tech sectors. Cooley’s leadership in this area gives us deep industry-specific experience as corporate counsel to high-growth companies.

Litigation: Key litigation strengths include advertising, antitrust, appellate, arbitration, business restructuring, class actions, employment, insurance, IP litigation, ITC, life sciences and healthcare, patent, privacy and cybersecurity, product liability, regulatory, securities, tax, trademark and white collar. Cooley’s global trial practice has won verdicts and awards worth billions of dollars and protected clients against competitors, consumers and regulators. The team includes five partners who are ACTL Fellows and 20+ former Assistant US Attorneys and Department of Justice lawyers. Cooley offers experience in 100+ state, federal and international courts, arbitral forums and administrative bodies.

Intellectual Property: Cooley has one of the largest full-service IP practices of any law firm in the US that serves as IP counsel to 1,000+ companies across all industry sectors worldwide. Key strengths include IP litigation across all major venues; patent counseling and prosecution; trademark, copyright and advertising; and due diligence, licensing and strategic transactions. Notably, Cooley has one of the largest life sciences and medical device patent teams in the US. In 2020, the firm filed 5,000+ patent applications and 3,000 trademark applications globally for its clients. Cooley has also collectively led 1,000+ investor-side and company-side due diligence reviews in high-value deals and transactions.

Regulatory: Key strengths include antitrust and competition, communications, financial services, government contracts, insurance, healthcare, education, international trade, media and securities. Cooley has significant experience representing clients in investigations and matters involving the SEC, DOJ, FTC, FCC, ITC, DOD, DOE, EPA, NSC, EEOC, Treasury and other federal agencies.

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.

Capital Markets: Cooley is the leading law firm for all US company-side IPOs since 2014 and VC-backed technology and healthcare and life sciences IPOs for the last 15+ years, according to Deal Point Data and IPO Vital Signs
respectively.

Cyber/data/privacy: Cooley’s cyber/data/privacy practice is a global team of lawyers focusing on all aspects of cyber, data protection and privacy. The firm represents clients across all industries, ranging from emerging to Fortune 500 companies, across the full spectrum of privacy and cyber-related issues. Cooley has successfully litigated a wide range of cases involving privacy and data breach issues, including class actions and government enforcement actions.

Emerging Companies: Cooley represents 6,000+ private companies across all industries. Over the past decade, Cooley has represented thousands of technology, life sciences and other high-growth businesses with all aspects of their formation and development. The firm is involved in 1,300+ financings annually and is ranked as the #1 law firm representing VC-backed companies going public for the last decade.

Intellectual Property Litigation: Cooley’s IP litigators win cases across the US and UK in every conceivable forum and manner. They are experienced in all types of IP cases including patent, Section 337 investigations, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, copyright, false advertising, domain name and licensing matters. With nearly 600 IP cases in the last five years, including 500+ patent cases and 950+ trademark and copyright disputes worldwide, Cooley is widely acknowledged as one of the top IP litigation practices in the US.

Life Sciences: With almost 1,800+ 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, IPOs, financings and private equity work. Cooley represents almost 50% of the NASDAQ Biotechnology Index and is widely known as a best-in-class firm for handling corporate partnering and licensing transactions.

M&A: Since 2017, Cooley has handled 1,000+ M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of $375+ billion, making our practice one of the most active in the country, particularly for technology and life sciences companies.

Public Companies: Cooley counsels public companies in high-stakes, complex business and litigation matters. Cooley represents 1,500+ public companies, and for 200+, serves as principal corporate governance and securities counsel. The team has extensive experience and familiarity with federal and state securities laws enabling us to be strategic advisors to seasoned and newly public companies.

Securities Litigation: Cooley has one of the most active practices for the defense of issuers in shareholder litigation in the US. The firm’s securities litigation clients include a diverse range of businesses and individuals, including startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Fund Formation: Cooley has been building funds globally for 60+ years and is counsel to 500+ investment fund organizations. The firm completed 370+ fund closings in 2020, raising over $34 billion in capital commitments. The team advises on every type of fund formation: venture capital, fund of funds, private equity, evergreen, growth equity and other managers at all stages and sizes, from individual angel funds to billion-dollar institutional funds.

Private Equity: Cooley’s team has guided leading private equity sponsors in some of the market’s largest and most complex transactions.

Tax: The firm has a market reputation for innovative, tax-efficient structuring of business transactions and effective resolution of significant tax controversies.

Real Estate: The team’s diverse capabilities allow us to explore all facets of real estate development and craft the best business-oriented solutions for its clients. Cooley assist owners, operators, developers, lenders, tenants, and institutional investors and advisors with a wide variety of real property and related capital markets transactions as well as litigation.

Technology Transactions: The firm’s technology transactions team combines intellectual property and commercial transactions expertise, which enables them to meet the demands of a fast-evolving, increasingly global environment. Many of the firm’s lawyers have “in house” legal or business experience with technology companies; all dealmakers who have an aptitude for, and keen interest in, the technologies that help their clients thrive.

Compensation and Benefits: Cooley’s compensation & benefits group addresses its clients’ needs to compensate, reward and protect their employees and other service providers. The firm brings together the ERISA, tax, corporate, labor and securities law skills necessary to deal effectively with the structuring and administration of its clients’ most complex compensation and benefit programs.

Department Name Email Telephone
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)
Number of Partners : 355
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 845
Total Staff : 2,800+
Chairman & CEO : Joe Conroy
Vice Chair : Stephen Neal
Vice Chair : Michael Lincoln