NALP Directory of Legal Employers

Directory Year: 2021

Cooley LLP - Palo Alto, California

Compensation & Benefits

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2021 compensation for entry-level lawyers ($/year) 205,000

Summer Compensation

2021 compensation for Post-3Ls ($/week)
2021 compensation for 2Ls ($/week) 3,942
2021 compensation for 1Ls ($/week) 3,942
Judicial Clerkship Bonus? Case-by-case
Compensation/progression credit for judicial clerkship? Case-by-case
Compensation/progression credit for other advanced degrees? Case-by-case
Other Compensation

1st years - bar stipend (covers bar study, review courses and bar exam expenses); clerkship bonus for certain judicial clerkships; discretionary bonuses if eligible; moving & relocation allowance

Benefits 401(k)/IRA/Other Retirement Plan
Bar Association Fees
Business Casual Dress Code
Dental Insurance
Domestic Partner Benefits
Employee Assistance Program
Family/Dependent Care Leave
Flexible Spending Account/Pre-Tax Option
Health Club Membership
Life/AD&D Insurance
Long-term Care Insurance
Long-term Disability Insurance
Medical Insurance
Health Savings Account
Parental Leave
Relocation Expenses
Short-term Disability Insurance
Sick Leave
Technology (Laptop, PDA, etc.)
Vacation Leave
Vision Insurance
Please describe benefit package or provide additional comments

- Medical, dental, vision
- 401 (k)
- Flexible Spending Accounts (dependent care and/or health care)
- Firm-funded Health Savings Accounts
- Life Insurance (firm paid, supplemental voluntary, dependent voluntary)
- Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (firm paid, supplemental voluntary, dependent voluntary)
- Business Travel Accident Insurance (firm paid)
- Long Term Disability (firm paid)
- Long Term Care (voluntary available to dependants and extended family)
- Leave of Absence (Parental Leave, Bereavement, FMLA, Medical Disability, Military, Personal)
- Firm Holidays
- Generous fertility/fertility preservation benefits
- Adoption and surrogacy reimbursement
- Emergency Back-Up Care (Available to well and sick children and elderly.  Center and home care)
- Cleo – firm paid parental support benefits
- Rightway-Claims and medical support assistance 
- Employee Referral Bonus Program
- Fitness Reimbursement –up to $1000 per year for gym fees, classes or fitness equipment
- Investment Partnership
- Jury Duty (paid max. 4 months)
- Legal & Professional Association fees
- Pre-tax commuter benefits
- Firm laptop 
- Firm mobile phone
- Firm wide Wellness program – $150 Fitbit gift card and up to $800/year in cash incentives
- Adult/Child/Pet care referral program including free membership to SitterCity
- Free Medicare/Social Security consultations for employees and family members
- Paid time off for volunteerism, including social and racial justive activist organization and up to seven hours billable credit for lawyers
- Free health screenings, flu shots & health coaching
- Weekly Fruit Delivery
- Free concierge benefits and subsidized errand running
- Student Loan Refinancing Partnerships
- Firm paid parental support services for new parents and parents of children with special needs
- Firm paid smart sleeper rental for new parents
- Firm paid breast milk shipping for mothers on business travel
- Firm paid weight loss program for diabetes/heart disease prevention 
- Firm paid concierge medical fees
- Relaxation Rooms
- Blood pressure monitors
- On-site massage
- Modern Health – therapy and coaching 
- Free access to Whil – a meditation and mindfulness app
- Standing stations

-        On-site cafeteria
-        Free parking
-        On-site yoga/fitness classes
-        Dry cleaning pick up & delivery
-        Meal Delivery
-        Cold brew on tap   
-        Monthly social events
-        Peloton bikes
-        Treadmill desks       


Associate base salary (excluding bonuses) is determined by A set lock-step system (same base salary for each class year)
If not strictly a set lock-step system, what criteria are used to determine associate base salaries (excluding bonuses)? (check all that apply)

Annual bonuses to eligible associates

Has your organization offered annual bonuses to eligible associates in the past five years? Yes
What factors are used to determine the amount of an associate's bonus? (check all that apply) Hours billed
Quality of work
Overall contribution (e.g., recruitment activities, firm committees)
Are same sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes
Are opposite sex domestic partners afforded the same benefits as spouses of attorneys? Yes

Parental leave or family care policy

Does your organization have a written parental leave or family care policy? Yes
Please link to or describe your firm's parental leave policy. Be sure to include information on leave for adoption, surrogacy, or other special circumstances.

Parental leave – Cooley provides 12 weeks of paid parental leave beginning on the date of birth or placement of a child. For birth mothers, this benefit begins after paid medical disability (typically 8 weeks post-birth). Additional leave time – paid through accrued vacation/PTO or unpaid – is generally available.

To ease the transition for those preparing for and returning from a leave of absence extending at least 12 consecutive weeks, non-partner attorneys, patent agents, and patent technical advisors will have their billable hours threshold lowered by 30% with no reduction in base compensation for one month prior to leave and three months upon return. Discretionary year-end bonuses will not be pro-rated as a result of this reduced schedule.