Cooley LLP

Litigation Department

California
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What the team is known for Offers a deep bench of skilled litigators with strong substantive knowledge in securities and commercial litigation. Particularly adept at representing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in major class actions. Recent involvement in unfair competition, privacy and intellectual property litigation.

Strengths A client reports: "They collaborate well and ensure that they are on top of things at every step."

One interviewee describes the firm's attorneys as "thoughtful" and "strategic," adding: "Their work is excellent across the board."

Work highlights Represented GNC Holdings and certain of its officers and directors in a securities class action alleging that the company made false or misleading statements regarding certain nutritional supplements. The court granted a motion to dismiss the matter in its entirety.

Acted for Niantic, the developers of Pokémon GO, in a class action filed by property owners who claimed that nearby Pokéstops were creating a public nuisance. The team resolved the case through a settlement.

Notable practitioners


John Dwyer
is considered a "terrific lawyer" and "go-to securities litigator"by market sources. He is well versed in handling class actions and derivative suits for clients in the healthcare and energy sectors.

The "extremely smart and talented"
Koji Fukumura
routinely handles big-ticket securities actions for major corporates and their executives. A client comments: "He focuses on the appropriate issues and thinks strategically about how to present the case in the best possible light."


Michael Attanasio
chairs the firm's global litigation department. He is an experienced trial lawyer with notable expertise in commercial disputes. "He's a strong advocate and communicator," reports a client, going on to describe him as "tough and principled."


Michael Rhodes
assists clients in the tech sector with a range of contentious matters, with recent work touching on privacy and employment law. A source reports: "He's very strategic and good at breaking down complicated concepts into digestible pieces."


Patrick Gibbs
advises clients in the tech and life sciences sectors on significant class action concerns. Interviewees consider him "a very effective advocate."


Stephen Neal
is viewed in the market as an "outstanding lawyer"and "excellent general litigator."He possesses a wealth of experience in commercial litigation, covering such diverse areas as antitrust, intellectual property and the False Claims Act.