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Headquarters Palo Alto (CA)
Number of Offices 12
Number of attorneys 900
Established 1920
Annual Revenue $802 million
Cooley Pay Scale
(all numbers in thousands of dollars)
First year salary180
Second year salary190
Third year salary210
Fourth year salary235
Fifth year salary260
Sixth year salary280
Seventh year salary300
Eighth year salary315
Ninth year salary
Tenth year salary

Cooley LLP is an international law firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California, with offices throughout United States, the United Kingdom and China. The firm's practice areas include corporate, litigation, intellectual property, fund formation, public markets, employment, life sciences, clean technology, real estate, financial services, retail, regulatory and energy.[1][2] Cooley has been recognized as a leader for its technology practice including its experience with initial public offerings (IPOs).[3] According to Law360, Cooley is "widely regarded as one of Silicon Valley's go-to law firms."[4]

History[edit | edit source]

Cooley was founded by Arthur Cooley and Louis Crowley in 1920 in San Francisco. In 1958, Cooley formed Draper, Gaither and Anderson, the first venture capital partnership to be organized on the West Coast. Also in the 1950s, Cooley formed Raychem and National Semiconductor, one of the original chip companies that gave "Silicon Valley" its name.[5] In 1971 the firm (then Cooley, Crowley, Gaither, Godward, Castro & Huddleson) began representing Disney in the controversial copyright and trademark infringement case Walt Disney Productions v. Air Pirates.[6][7] In the late 1980s, the firm moved into the tech area Palo Alto, from its then base in San Francisco.[8] In 1989, the firm (then Cooley, Godward, Castro, Huddleson & Tatum) facilitated the IPO of Qualcomm.[9] On October 31, 2006, Cooley LLP (then Cooley Godward) merged with Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman, which resulted in the firm growing from 440 lawyers to 550. In the announcement of the merger, the New York Times referred to Cooley as a "Leading Silicon Valley law firm".[10] Like many other law firms, however, the firm laid off 114 people in 2009 from its offices, citing "the uncertain economy".[11][12][13][14]

Offices[edit | edit source]

Cooley's San Francisco office is located on 101 California Street.

Cooley has offices in 10 United States cities, one in London and one in Shanghai.[15][16] It also had an office in Kirkland, Washington, which it closed in the early 2000s.[17]

Cooley launched in London on January 12, 2015, creating a 55-lawyer practice and the firm's first office in Europe. Its lawyers were laterally hired from the London offices of Morrison & Foerster and Edwards Wildman Palmer, raiding the latter's entire office. The office is run by long-time partner Ryan Naftulin who started in the Palo Office and later managed the Washington, D.C. office.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

The American Lawyer has ranked Cooley number forty-seven in its annual ranking of U.S. law firms by gross revenue.[18] Top Legal 500 and the National Law Journal's NLJ 250 has ranked Cooley's practice areas from second through eighth tier in its national survey of law firms.[19] In addition, U.S. News and World Report nominated Cooley as the 2011–12 law firm of the year in biotechnology law.[20] In 2011, Cooley LLP was named U.S. Tax Court Firm of the Year by the International Tax Review.[21] Cooley was recognized as one of Law360's Capital Markets Practice Groups of the year for 2015.[22] In 2016, Chambers UK recognized Cooley as being a leading practice in six practice areas along with singling out sixteen lawyers for their performance.[23]

Clients[edit | edit source]

Some of Cooley's clients include:








The Weather Channel[24]


Controversies[edit | edit source]

In 2003, according to Steve Hoare, Cooley faced "the prospect of sharing liability for the death of a teenager struck by a car driven by one of its associates". He wrote further that the associate's "firm may be held jointly responsible because questions have arisen over whether (Jane) Wagner, who was an associate at the firm at the time, was working as a lawyer at the moment of the crash". Prior to the suit, the associate had pleaded guilty and served one year in prison.[27]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cooley LLP - Law Firm Cooley LLP Overview, (2010-08-10)
  2. Cooley,
  3. 2 Law Firms Dominate January IPO Activity - Law360,
  4. Litigation Powerhouse: Cooley LLP - Law360,
  5. Cooley LLP | About | History,
  6. Disney's War Against the Counterculture, (December 1, 2004)
  7. Walt Disney Productions v. Air Pirates,
  8.  (2000). Understanding Silicon Valley: The Anatomy of an Entrepreneurial Region. Stanford University Press.
  9.  (2005). The Qualcomm Equation: How a Fledgling Telecom Company Forged a New Path to Big Profits and Market Dominance. AMACOM.
  10. Leading Silicon Valley Law Firm Hooks Up with New York Counterpart, (August 22, 2006)
  11. Cooley Godward lays off 114 people, (January 22, 2009)
  12. Cooley Godward Fires 52 Attorneys and 62 Staff Members, (January 21, 2009)
  13. Lat, David Nationwide Layoff Watch: Latham Cuts 440 (190 Associates, 250 Staff)Above the Law
  14.  2009's Toll: More Than 10,000 Law Firm Layoffs and Lower Pay TrendABA Journal
  15. Cooley,
  16. Cooley LLP sets sails for Shanghai with representative office, (June 17, 2011)
  17. Cooley Godward may shut Kirkland office, (November 15, 2002)
  18. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named americanlawyer1
  19. > Cooley LLP > Washington DC, USA > What we say,
  20. U.S. News - Best Lawyers | Cooley LLP - Firm Overview,
  21. America's Awards 2011, (November 1, 2011)
  22. Capital Markets Group Of The Year: Cooley - Law360,
  23. Cooley,
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 24.3 24.4 24.5 24.6 Rainmaker Q&A: Cooley's Michael Rhodes - Law360,
  25. Cooley,
  26. Twitter Fires Wilson Sonsini, Hires Cooley In IPO Fight - Law360,
  27. Cooley Godward fights $25m accident liability, (September 15, 2003)