Cooley LLP

November 01, 2011 12:10 ET

Cooley Named "Law Firm of the Year" in Biotechnology in 2011-2012 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranking

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 1, 2011) - Cooley LLP has been named Biotechnology "Law Firm of the Year" in the newly released 2011-2012 U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranking.

Cooley consistently ranks #1 for representation of life sciences companies. In the past decade, Cooley has completed more than 70 major corporate partnering and licensing deals, with total deal value in excess of $26.5 billion, closed more than 90 life sciences M&A deals, and completed more than 200 life sciences public offerings, including 36 IPOs.

"We take great pride in helping our clients to achieve their goals -- whether these include raising much needed capital, protecting their intellectual property assets, or transacting with corporate partners -- all with the ultimate goal of addressing unmet medical needs and helping patients around the globe," said Barbara Kosacz, head of Cooley's Life Sciences Practice. "Since this recognition is peer-driven, we are especially honored with the "Law Firm of the Year" designation."

In another indication of Cooley's strength in Life Sciences, three attorneys also received "Lawyer of the Year" awards in their respective markets from The Best Lawyers in America rankings released earlier this month -- Ms. Kosacz for Biotech Law in Palo Alto; Suzanne Sawochka Hooper for M&A Law, including many life sciences transactions, in Palo Alto; and Fred Muto for Biotech Law in San Diego.

In its second year, the U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their relevant practice area(s), and a review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. An unprecedented amount of data was collected in the project's second year and this combined data resulted in the 2011-2012 "Best Law Firms" rankings.

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