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John William Robertson

Venture capital Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   2 reviews

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Practice areas
  1. Mergers and acquisitions
    Representation of acquirors and targets in mergers, acquisitions, asset sales, stock purchases, etc.

    27 years

  2. Securities offerings
    Public offerings, private financings, underwriter representation.

    27 years

  3. Venture capital
    Representation of companies and venture capital funds in investment transactions.

    27 years

  4. Corporate and incorporation
    Representation of founders in initial incorporation and entity formation. General corporate work including representing boards and special board committees.

    27 years

  5. Licensing
    Inlicense and outlicense of intellectual property, commercial agreements.

    27 years

Licensed for 47 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/25/2022
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1975
Updated 10/11/2022

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Cooley LLP
1700 7th Avenue
Suite 1900
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2010
Detailed and constructive advice
I chose to work with John after a recommendation from a fellow CEO. John is incredibly responsive, thoughtful and trustworthy. He has guided us through a number of complex transactions including during a tumultuous phase for his prior firm. He is not beholden to any venture firm. I made a mistake of choosing a less experienced attorney to save costs in a transaction. This cost us more than if we had used John. If you are choosing counsel for your company, particularly a private technology firm, you can't go wrong using John.
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Posted by John | July 21, 2009
Great lawyer and advisor
John is an excellent lawyer, but more importantly is a great advisor. He brings great, pragmatic judgment to any transaction. He is very hard working and responsive, and cool under even the most difficult circumstances. He is also extremely well connected and good at leveraging his network for the benefit of his clients and friends. John is one of the very few lawyers who I would hire both for my company and for my own personal representation in an important transaction.
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cooley Godward & Kronish LLP
  • 2008 - Present
  • Shareholder
  • Heller Ehrman LLP
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Director
  • Venture Law Group
  • 1996 - 2003
  • Associate
  • Perkins Coie
  • 1995 - 1996
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  • University of Virginia
  • J.D.
  • 1994
  • Duke University
  • B.A.
  • 1990


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • Mandarin


  • Best Lawyers in America Corporate Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyers in America--Corporate Law
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2009
  • PLC Which Lawyer Highly Recommended
  • Practical Law Company (PLC)
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Chambers
  • Chambers USA
  • 2009
  • Chambers
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2007
  • Chambers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2006
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2005
  • Super Lawyer
  • 2004
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Speaking Engagements

  • ABA Spring Meeting
  • Clean Technology Deals
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
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Unknown Attorney | Sep 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is an outstanding advisor, particularly with respect to startups and private offerings. I recommend him unreservedly."
Venture capital Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"John is a tremendous venture lawyer with a great devotion to and understanding of his clients' goals and needs, with an excellent supporting caste."
Insurance Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"In my experience John is a very hard working and dedicated attorney who is extremely talented and helpful to his fellow members of the bar."

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Seattle Venture capital Lawyer John William Robertson
John William Robertson
Venture capital Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 47 years