About Cooley

Cooley's attorneys solve legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, financial institutions and established companies. Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters, and bet-the-company litigation, often where innovation meets the law.

  • Cooley has 850 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe
  • More than 275 partners in a single-tier partnership
  • More than 1800 employees worldwide
  • Named one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Places to Work For" in 2014
  • As published in the May 2014 issue of the American Lawyer 100, Cooley's 2013 revenue grew by 9.2% to $674 million
  • Revenue per lawyer hit $1 million for the first time, making Cooley an AmLaw Top-30 firm by that metric
  • Recognized as Elite "Top-25 Innovative Law Firm" by Financial Times
  • Preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices
  • More than 5,000 private and 500 public company clients


"The characteristic of Cooley that makes me the most proud, and is the most distinctive, is the passion with which we approach the practice of law and dedicate ourselves to the success of our clients. We consider our clients' goals to be our own, and in many ways, they are. Our attorneys work together across departments, offices and practice groups with unmatched drive, energy and focus in the relentless pursuit of achieving the optimal outcome for clients."

Joe Conroy, CEO
New York, NY
Steve Neal, Chairman
Palo Alto, CA


  • Key litigation strengths: advertising, antitrust, class actions, employment, ITC, patent, privacy, regulatory, securities, tax controversy, trademark, white collar
  • National trial strength: Recently won trials for Gilead Sciences, Facebook, Vistaprint, Websense, Nextag, Nintendo, HTC, Roger Clemens, Qualcomm, Encore Capital, Mark Cuban, North Bridge and Tudor Investments, among others
  • Acted as lead counsel in more than 400 patent cases over the past five years and consistently recognized in the top 10 for most active patent litigation practices in the United States (Corporate Counsel)
  • Six partners are Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Ranked 5th for total number of International Trade Commission (ITC Section 337) representations in 2012 by Corporate Counsel
  • Won 25+ motions to dismiss in privacy class actions since 2011
  • Acted as lead or co-lead defense counsel in more than 350 securities class actions over the past decade
  • Prepared and filed 6,000 US patent applications and managed more than 14,000 US filings/prosecutions and 17,000+ foreign filings/prosecutions over the past five years
  • Privacy and Data Protection practice named one of Law360's Privacy Practice Groups of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2014


  • Key corporate strengths: capital markets, emerging companies, venture capital, M&A, technology transactions, licensing and corporate partnering, fund formation
  • #1 law firm among issuer advisors in global equity capital markets in Q1 2014 with 24 issues totaling $2.9 billion (Thomson Reuters)
  • In 2014, advised on 100 completed equity public offerings, including 50 completed IPOs, raising more than $11 billion.
  • Since 2009, handled more than 650 M&A transactions, with an aggregate value of more than $105 billion, making our practice one of the most active in the country. 
  • In the past five years, worked on more than 140 life sciences corporate partnering and licensing transactions, with an aggregate deal value in excess of $38 billion
  • Represent more than 325 fund manager organizations in the United States and beyond, with closings on more than 170 funds in 2014 
  • Ranked #1 in venture capital financing deals in Q1 2014 (DowJones Private Markets)
  • Represent more than 35 fund managers headquartered in China


Cooley represents clients before the following federal agencies:

  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Department of Justice
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • International Trade Commission
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Security Counsel
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Department of the Treasury

Cooley provides regulatory counsel to companies in the United States and globally in:

  • Antitrust
  • Aviation
  • Communication
  • Government contractors
  • Life sciences and health care
  • Higher education
  • International trade
  • Media
  • Securities
  • Technology


  • Defended UK-based Vistaprint Ltd. in a patent infringement suit in E.D. Texas securing a complete defense verdict against a competitor seeking to extract a royalty on Vistaprint's online editing software
  • Represented a UK-based company and a leading provider of hedge fund consulting services in the world in a hotly contested civil litigation brought by one of its competitors,involving the alleged theft of trade secrets
  • Delivered a victory for UK-based client HSBC in an antitrust case brought against its former factoring unit, HSBC Business Credit
  • Advised Israel-based Stratasys, Ltd. on the acquisitions of Makerbot for $600 million, Solid Concepts for $295 million, and Harvest Technologies and GrabCAD for undisclosed amounts. Cooley also advised Israel-based Objet Ltd. on its $1.4 billion merger with Stratasys
  • Represented Germany-based BASF's $1 billion acquisition of Becker Underwood
  • Advised Websense, Inc. on its acquisition of UK-based SurfControl plc, for $440 million
  • Advised on the formation of K2 Partners II fund for London, England-based K2 Partners
  • Represented the underwriters in the concurrent $106.4 million IPO on NASDAQ and $28.3 million secondary offering on Euronext for France-based DBV Technologies S.A.
  • Global assignments range from the worldwide brand protection of Bluetooth® to significant acquisitions for eBay to the largest case in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), among others


  • Bluetooth
  • Brocade
  • CenturyLink
  • Comcast
  • Comerica
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Founders Fund
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Google
  • HTC
  • Institutional Venture Partners
  • Jazz Pharmaceuticals
  • LinkedIn
  • Millennial Media
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company
  • Qualcomm
  • Rosetta Stone
  • Sazerac
  • Silicon Valley Bank
  • SpaceX
  • Tesla Motors
  • Tesoro Corporation
  • Yelp

(In some cases client permission is needed before publishing names in the context of their legal advisors)

Press Contacts

Thomas Freeman
San Francisco
+1 415 693-2010
Erin Lebe
San Francisco
+1 415 693-2684
Taylor Massa
New York
+1 212 479-6546
Rob Harris
+44 (0) 20 7556 4537

Video Profile: Steve Neal

Cooley's chairman has tried more than 30 cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, conducted dozens of other contested hearings, and argued numerous appeals. View video.

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