James C. T. Linfield is a partner in the Cooley Business department. He is Partner-in-Charge of the Colorado office and joined the Firm in 1993.
Mr. Linfield's practice focuses on representation of public and private technology companies and venture capital and private equity funds, with an emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and strategic alliances. He has deep experience advising start-ups, venture and private equity-backed companies, public entities and investors across a wide variety of industries, including biotechnology, medical devices, information technologies, clean technologies, and natural and organic products.
Prior to joining Cooley, Mr. Linfield worked in the biotechnology industry for two and a half years as Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Somatogen, Inc. As Somatogen's CFO, he helped lead the company to a successful initial public offering in 1991. From 1980 to 1990, Mr. Linfield was with the Denver law firm of Davis Graham & Stubbs, for the last five years as a partner.
In 1980, Mr. Linfield received his JD magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He received his AB magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1977.
Mr. Linfield has been a frequent speaker on financing strategies for emerging companies, corporate governance, public securities matters, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions.
Mr. Linfield is a member of the American Bar Association, including the business section, and the Colorado Bar Association. He is Chair of the Governor's Advisory Board on Venture Capital Investment for the State of Colorado. He helped found and is a current executive committee member of the Colorado Cleantech Industry Association. He is on the Board of Directors of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Center of the Rockies. He has been very active in supporting the University of Colorado as a Trustee of the University of Colorado Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Boards of Advisors of the Technology Transfer Office and the BioFrontiers Institute. Jim is also a former Trustee of the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation and a former member of the Board of the Emergency Family Assistance Association.
- Harvard Law School
JD, 1980, magna cum laude
- Harvard University
AB, 1977, magna cum laude
- American Bar Association
- Board of Advisors of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado - Boulder
- Board of the Emergency Family Assistance Association
- Colorado Bar Association
- Trustee of the Boulder Community Hospital Foundation