The firm today known as Cooley LLP is renowned for its representation of clients in technology and life sciences. Yes, that includes eBay, Facebook, and Google, but it extends back to the formation of National Semiconductor in the 1950s.

If it had remained a niche firm, however, Cooley might not have survived the burst of the first tech bubble or the Great Recession. Instead, for the better part of the past two decades, Cooley has steadily grown and diversified. It has leveraged a couple of key mergers and embarked upon organic expansion that now has it positioned on both coasts in the U.S., plus Europe and Asia.