Chris Shoff, Partner

Chris Shoff is a partner in Cooley's business department and is a member of the Firm's Emerging Companies practice group. Mr. Shoff joined the Firm in 2012 and is a founding partner of its Los Angeles office. Mr. Shoff serves on the Firm's Hiring Committee.

Mr. Shoff focuses his practice on corporate and securities law with an emphasis on representing emerging growth and established technology companies in a broad range of industries, including software, digital media and entertainment, mobile, consumer Internet, semiconductor, clean tech, medical device, pharmaceutical and healthcare services. Mr. Shoff also regularly represents the venture capital firms, strategic investors and investment banks that finance these companies.

Mr. Shoff has extensive experience working on venture capital financing transactions and has represented companies and investors in over 250 equity and debt financings. His core practice consists of representing companies and investors in these transactions, which have been led by some of the world's leading venture capital firms, strategic investors and angel investors. Mr. Shoff currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Law School teaching a course on venture capital.

Mr. Shoff also regularly represents both selling companies and acquirors in merger and acquisition transactions, such as DreamWorks Animation (DWA) in its acquisition of AwesomenessTV,  AWR Corporation in its acquisition by National Instruments Corporation (NATI), Core Mobility, Inc. in its acquisition by Smith Micro Software, Inc. (SMSI), Altiris, Inc. in its acquisition by Symantec Corporation (SYMC),, Inc. in its acquisition by Bankrate, Inc. (RATE), Performics Inc. in its acquisition by DoubleClick Inc., and Xactware, Inc. in its acquisition by ISO Insurance Solutions, Inc. Mr. Shoff also has represented  QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM) in numerous acquisition transactions, including in its acquisition of Summit Microelectronics.

Mr. Shoff has represented issuers and underwriters in IPOs and other public offerings of companies such as Altiris, Inc. (acquired by SYMC), Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (HALO), Myriad Genetics, Inc. (MYGN), NPS Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NPSP), Omniture, Inc. (OMTR) and, Inc. (OSTK).

Mr. Shoff was selected as a Rising Star in 2013 by Southern California Super Lawyers magazine.


  • Harvard Law School
    JD, 2002
  • Weber State University
    BS Economics, 1999, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • Utah

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