Several former Am Law 100 leaders are praising Cooley for reportedly standing up to a threat from Elon Musk warning of consequences if it declined to fire an associate who helped investigate the Tesla founder while at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

The reported threat may have already resulted in some loss of business for Cooley. A review of public documents shows Cooley has been edged out of several pending cases for Tesla since the start of December.

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