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Cooley Godward
[Jefferson Byrd]
The bubble may have burst for the dot com industry, but Cooley Godward remains a leader in the high tech practice.




Cooley Godward’s information technology            $125,000 plus a healthy bonus right out of          communication and encourage hospitable
specialty dates back to the 1950s. In the 70s      law school.                                         behavior. The liberal stance on maternity
and 80s, the firm established itself as one of                                                         leave and flexible work arrangements taken
America’s preeminent technology law firms          When the dot com tide ebbed, Cooley God-            there makes Cooley popular with working
by taking the most powerful biotech com-           ward was among the many businesses to               parents. The firm has also established itself
panies public. From San Francisco, Cooley          feel the pinch. The weakening of the national       as a firm hospitable to gay and lesbian at-
relocated to the Silicon Valley, the high tech     economy caused Cooley to suffer over a              torneys.
capital of the world, in the early 80s, opening    hundred layoffs between 2001 and 2003.
offices in Palo Alto and Menlo Park. The firm      Hardships withstanding, the firm man-               The hiring practices are not nearly as rigid as
expanded in size and focus from a regional         aged to cut corners and retain its powerful         those of conservative law firms of compa-
specialist firm to a full-service national firm,   roster of clients. Cooley was able to take          rable size. During the soaring economy,
riding the crest of the exploding computer         advantage of the troubles in the high tech          Cooley’s demand for attorneys increased
industry at the end of the 20th century.           industry by bolstering its litigation practice      drastically, then fell with the recession. Still,
                                                   during the litigious times that followed. The       the firm considers important factors besides
In the 90s, the firm more than doubled in          firm today employs over 500 attorneys in 20         grades. Credentials from a top-tier school
size, growing to over 700 attorneys. Profits       industries. Recently, more than a dozen of          would benefit a candidate, but real world
per partner quadrupled. Cooley Godward             Cooley’s attorneys ranked high on Chambers          experience, professionalism, and overall in-
is still ranked number one in representa-          USA’s Guide to America’s Leading Business           telligence are more significant qualifications
tion of life science companies. They handled       Lawyers.                                            for a prospective Cooley associate.
Adgenix’s initial public offering in 2000,
the largest biotech IPO ever. The firm also        Through adversity, Cooley has tried to main-        Jobs
oversaw the $4.5 billion merger of MMC and         tain its laidback demeanor. The partners
AMMC, the largest semiconductor acquisition        pride themselves on providing a “lifestyle          Cooley Godward currently has openings in
ever. Cooley successfully defended internet        firm” environment, and despite the setbacks         San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Diego, Colora-
giant eBay against competitor Bidder’s Edge,       endured since the crash of the high tech            do, and Washington DC, including opportuni-
and cell phone company Qualcomm against            market, they still offer a high quality of life     ties for experienced corporate, bankruptcy,
Ericsson. In the last ten years, Cooley has        for associates. A casual atmosphere is usu-         real estate, employment and litigation attor-
been behind 230 IPOs worth an estimated            ally advocated in Cooley’s offices. Though          neys. More information regarding attorney
$20 billion, making it one of the top firms        the social calendar is not as full as it once       positions at Cooley Godward can be found in
nationally for public offerings.                   was during the heyday of the end of the last        the LawCrossing job database.
                                                   century, a rich variety of social interactions is
As the founder of the West Coast’s first ven-      available at the firm. The partners have been
ture capital partnership, Cooley has helped        characterized as relaxed and down-to-earth,
many small businesses off the ground. The          and an open-door policy is maintained.
firm’s clientele includes two-person start
up companies and Fortune 500 powerhouses           Cooley has taken measures to further its
like DirecTV, Nintendo, NBC, and TiVo.             reputation as host to a progressive work
Salaries at Cooley Godward rose to meet the        environment. The firm employs industrial
demand in the 90s. Associates could expect         psychologists to resolve issues of intergroup




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