London – 12 January 2015 - Cooley LLP, a leading technology and life sciences US law firm, has launched a UK practice in London. Cooley's new office will include 20 partners and more than 55 lawyers and other professionals in total. Justin Stock, the former head of Morrison & Foerster's London corporate practice, will lead the new office.
The office will include some of London's most successful corporate, technology and IP partners, including David Bresnick, Chris Coulter, Ed Lukins, and Nicholas Bolter, as well as renowned litigators Laurence Harris and Kevin Perry and a leading reinsurance group of five partners led by David Kendall. Further leading practitioners bring experience in competition, insolvency, employment and privacy.
"We have brought together partners who are the very best in their fields, and who share our values and approach to achieving success for our global client base. From our San Francisco and Silicon Valley roots, we have grown to 850 lawyers, solving complex business and litigation issues for the world's most dynamic companies," said Joe Conroy, Cooley's chief executive officer.
The vice-chair of Cooley's business department and partner in charge of its Washington DC office, Ryan Naftulin, will relocate to London. As a US liaison partner, his focus will be on office integration and building opportunistic growth for the firm.
Cooley has 850 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe.