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Cooley LLP

Main Office: 5 Palo Alto Sq | Palo Alto | CA | 94306
Phone: 650-843-5000 |
The kindness shown by Cooley LLP towards its clients is still talked about by the staff.
The prompt and professional approach of Jennifer King made a lasting impression on us.
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Reviewed on June 07, 2021
Current Employee

Become more focused on being good to clients instead of ripping them off and focusing on being then "pop culture" law firm.

Never worked there. Was a client.

Walked out of our meeting with them to go to the restroom. As we were returning, we heard them discussing us and stopped outside the door to listen as they belittled us and spoke of ways to profit off us in ways other than their astronomical billing rates. They even called our CEO a moron. As soon as we walked back into the meeting it was all sugar and spice. Not to be trusted.

All of them are to be avoided. Chose a small client focused firm.

Coffee. thats it. Not an employee, a former client

Current Employee


Reviewed on April 08, 2020
Former Employee

Stop being greedy

Free snacks after 7

I was an associate there. The firm cuts corners all the time, extremely disorganized across offices, opaque bonus structure (if you miss minimums by an hour they’ll refuse to give it to you), they terminate you without notice and ask you the leave the next day (happened to my friend), got rid of attorney offices in New York, lacking heavily in diversity (they use it as a marketing tactic and make it clear at their associates academy). Can’t recommend it.

Pat Flanagan, Mischi O Marca - cold people, unqualified

Nice logos

Former Employee


Full time



Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley has 850 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe 275 partners in a single-tier partnership 1800 employees worldwide Named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For" Cooley's 2014 revenue grew by 19% to $802 million Recognized as Elite "Top-25 Innovative Law Firm" by Financial Times Preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices

Practice Areas

Cooley LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

Hiring Criteria

Cooley LLP follows the set of hiring criteria outlined below.

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.

Pro bono

Pro bono work is an imperative at Cooley's. It is part of their culture and an essential constituent of the firm's vision and values. All pro bono matters are given the same staffing, attention and resources as billable work. The firm ascribes the same weight and credit as billable matters when evaluating each attorney's contributions to the Firm.

The firm believes that it is their duty to give liberally of their time and talents and resources to the communities in which they practice and provide legal services to those who need them but cannot afford them.

The firm's depth of expertise and talent enables then to take on a variety of matters and Cooley lawyers regularly handle asylum, guardianship and domestic violence cases, and actively represent a broad array of foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Cooley regularly takes on asylum matters, representing individuals who have been the subject of persecution in their home countries. Cooley teamed with the American Civil Liberties Union in a class action lawsuit on behalf of immigration detainees at San Diego Correctional Facility (SDCF), charging that chronically severe overcrowding placed detainee' health and safety at risk and was unconstitutional.

Serving as pro bono co-counsel with the Legal Aid Society, Cooley litigators in New York won summary judgment in a suit challenging New York State's routine shackling of the children it transports between detention facilities and courts. Cooley pro bono client David Lemus was acquitted in early December 2007 in a high-profile retrial of a 1992 case in which he was convicted of murder.

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Cooley LLP Awards and Recognitions Write a review

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.

Diversity Write a review

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.

Working for the Cooley LLP
The firm says that its workers are counselors, strategists and advocates and tomorrow's leaders of the business economy. Working at Cooley will be working with a committed group of professionals of the highest caliber and quality. Working at Cooley provides an opportunity to work in an environment of collaboration, challenge and reward.

The firm values and celebrates differences and the diverse composition of the workforce creates a unique and rewarding workplace.

Working for Cooley Godward will be a rewarding and meaningful experience for the associate, as a person and as a professional. The associate will be exposed to an interesting and challenging mix of work learning from professionals and seasoned lawyers. Through the many firm generated and sponsored programs and the continually evolving programs, the associate can take charge of their careers and craft a career and professional persona that makes him or her proud.


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