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Cooley LLP

Main Office: 5 Palo Alto Sq | Palo Alto | CA | 94306

Phone: 650-843-5000 |

4 Star Rating

8 Reviews

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Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Current Employee Current Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Management would really serve the firm well if they just took some more people in and spread the workload around a bit. The pay is okay and there are some people who enjoy the many long days, but there are more who don't and their work suffers for it.

The best part for me is the staff. Great people all around, both in their personalities and in their skills. From the top of the firm to the secretaries, everyone knows what they're doing.

There are a variety of small problems you'd expect from any firm of this size, but the work hours are worse than anywhere else I've been. Prepare to have a very small social life.

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Length of Employment:
10+ years

Reviewed on May 19, 2024

Former Employee Former Employee Mr. San Francisco

Advice to law firm management:
Try and hire more individuals to allow your employees to take more time off and not get as stressed with how much has to be done.

Working at this firm was a great step up for me and I learned a lot while being there. Everyone is friendly and hard workers.

At times, it can take a lot out of you, but that is something that you get used to. I enjoyed working there overall in the end.

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Cooley LLP in the Bay Area offers attorneys the chance to work in a fast-paced and innovative environment. At Cooley LLP, attorneys are provided with the resources and training to grow their career. With 12 offices throughout the United States, China and Europe, Cooley boasts a single-tier partnership of 275 partners and 1800 employees worldwide. The firm has been recognized as Elite Top-25 Innovative Law Firm by Financial Times and was named one of Fortune's "100 Best Companies to Work For". Attorneys at Cooley LLP have the opportunity to work on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation. The firm's preeminent tech, life sciences, venture capital and fund formation practices provide attorneys with challenging and rewarding work. With 2014 revenue growing by 19% to $802 million, Cooley LLP offers attorneys the chance to take part in the firm’s continued success. Cooley LLP provides a supportive work environment that encourages collaboration and creativity. The firm offers attorneys access to its state-of-the-art research and educational tools, competitive salaries, and excellent benefits, including generous paid time-off. Attorneys are also provided with career development opportunities and mentorship from experienced attorneys. Cooley LLP: Where Innovation Meets the Law.

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 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.

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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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