|Main office||3175 Hanover Street, | Palo Alto | CA | 94304|
|Year of establishment||1920|
|Number of offices||12|
|Largest office||Palo Alto|
|Number of attorneys||752|
|Number of associates||387|
|Number of partners||227|
|Partner: associate ratio||0.60|
|Percent women attorneys||36.40|
|Percent minority attorneys||15.90|
|Percent gay attorneys||1.80|
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. â€¢ Cooley has 800 lawyers across 11 offices in the United States and China â€¢ More than 250 partners in a single-tier partnership â€¢ 1700 employees worldwide â€¢ Named one of FORTUNE's "100 Best Places to Work For" in 2014 â€¢ As published in the May 2014 issue of the American Lawyer 100, Cooley's 2013 revenue grew by 9.2% to $674 million â€¢ Revenue per lawyer hit $1 million for the first time, making Cooley an AmLaw Top-30 firm by that metric â€¢ Recognized as Elite "Top-25 Innovative Law Firm" by Financial Times â€¢ Preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices â€¢ More than 5,000 private and 500 public company clients
Areas of practice
Awards and recognitions
Cooley is consistently ranked among the leading law firms in each of its central practice areas. Additionally, its lawyers are consistently recognized as industry leaders and ranked among the best practitioners worldwide.
American Lawyer magazines named Bill Schwartz national Litigator of the Week following the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit's decision overturning the criminal conviction of Cooley client Joseph Collins, a former partner of the Mayer Brown law firm.
Thirteen Cooley litigators were recognized in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation. In addition, Cooley's Litigation Department was rated as "Recommended" in both California and New York.
85 Cooley LLP attorneys were recognized in the 2012 edition of the Best Lawyers in America, a leading peer-review survey. Thirty nine Cooley attorneys received rankings in multiple practice categories, including 14 who were recognized in four or more practice areas and 23 who were honored in at least three practice areas.
Cooley was named the # 1 top-ranked corporate law firm in San Diego, according to the 12th annual "America's Best Corporate Law Firms" study conducted by Corporate Board Member and FTI Consulting. Cooley was also ranked as the # 3 corporate law firm in San Francisco.
Cooley's Broomfield, Colorado office was named to The Denver Post's Top Workplaces list for 2012. Cooley was profiled as one of the top organizations in the Denver area, providing a unique and rewarding work experience for its employees.
Cooley was named the 2012 "Arbitration & Litigation Law Firm of the Year - USA by Lawyer Monthly.
Seventeen of Cooley's practice areas were ranked among the most outstanding in the United States by the Legal 500: United States 2012 Edition: Cooley was also named the 2012 "Trademark Contentious Firm of the Year" in the western U.S. regional category by Managing Intellectual Property.
Apart from general hiring criteria Cooley prefers candidates with strong law school and undergraduate record and high academic achievement, excellent writing and research skills, involvement in extracurricular activities, strong interpersonal skills, initiative, highly motivated, work experience & evidence of team work.
Interviews at Cooley aren't just about grades and academics - recruiters want to see that candidates are driven, energetic, bright and focused. The firm conducts on-campus interviews at many schools.
Interested candidates should apply online with a completed application form, current resume, law school transcript, undergraduate transcript, other graduate program transcript. Candidates may also submit a writing sample.
The firm values initiative, teamwork, maturity and judgment.
Cooley considers diversity as a core value. It is dedicated to maintaining a truly diverse workplace that values and celebrates differences. The firm does not differentiate between race and ethnicity, gender, LGBT orientation and physical disability but believes that this diversity is what creates a rewarding workplace.
Not only does the firm hire people from diverse back grounds it also offer them the tools, training and mentoring they need to succeed. Its diversity commitment has won for the firm many accomplishments and accolades including being among the top ranked firms for diversity.
Cooley offers Diversity Fellowship to outstanding first-year law students as part of its ongoing commitment to recruiting, developing and retaining a diverse and talented team at all levels throughout the Firm.
The firm does not discriminate in any manner whatsoever in employment and adopts a non-discrimination policy. This policy applies to all employment actions including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits and social activities.
Summer associate program
The firm believes that the associate's summer experience should provide them with a realistic view of what it is to practice law at Cooley's. During the experience the associates learn that Cooley is a place committed to providing astonishing legal services in a welcoming, professional, vigorous but fun environment. Summer work is consequential, varied and all-inclusive interspersed with many social events.
The type of assignments associates can expect to receive are drafting and participating in the negotiation of venture capital investment documents; writing pleadings and motions for filing in court; preparing for and attending depositions and preparing incorporation documents for start-up companies. The firm also offers workshops on negotiation skills, client counseling and depositions.
The compensation for summer associates firmwide is $3,077 per week. Interested candidates should submit a copy of their cover letter, resume and transcript through the firm's online application system.
Salary & benefits
The firm offers a competitive salary that is based on a set, lock-step scale. 1st year associates at Cooley's receive a top notch benefits package, which includes a salary of $160,000 per year. In 2012, the summer associate salary for 1Ls and 2Ls was US$3,077 per week.
Among other compensation the firm offers bar stipend, bar review course and bar exam reimbursement, clerkship bonus for certain judicial clerkships, discretionary bonuses and moving and relocation allowances.
The firm also gives bonuses to all eligible associates. Bonus is determined on the basis of hours billed, quality of work and the firm's revenues.
Medical, dental, vision; life and AD&D insurance; domestic partner coverage; flexible spending accounts; family care referral program; emergency and priority child care; paid maternity, paternity and adoptive leave; employee assistance program; short and long term disability; Firm subsidized health club membership; 401(k); 4 weeks vacation; membership in ABA, state and local bar associations.
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