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Cooley sounds like a good firm? Standing up to Elon Musk when he wanted a associate fired

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As an associate at Cooley, I’m not surprised by this. Tesla, Elon Musk and SpaceX (currently the worlds highest valued private co, which uses Cooley as primary corporate counsel) are all clients of the firm (at least up until now), so the fact that they’re willing to back their own associate is nothing to scoff at.

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Yea sounds like they’re going to lose a TON of money cause of this. I hope this associate doesn’t lateral after getting their bonus lol

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Cooley is amazing. Excellent in every way. Firm leadership is phenomenal. This was a big stance to support the associate, but firm partners provide this kind of support on the regular. Couldn't say enough great things about the firm.

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Damn, this is good PR for them too.

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It’s also Elon. He doenst garner a ton of respect, even from his fellow trust fund babies/leeches. Most don’t even consider him a real owner in Tesla since he sued for the title. We also know way too much about his sad private life chasing around Amber Heard only to land on Grimes. It’s almost like his money doenst work as intended. 😆

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It could also be they didn’t want the backlash from SEC by firing ex SEC lawyers only bc Musk said so. It could really screw them over in the long run.

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Sure, but let’s not kid ourselves into thinking there aren’t a million ways to stealthily “fire” an associate in biglaw if a firm really wanted to..

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I joined in March as a third year and I really like it. It’s busy but it’s great.

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Good on Cooley.

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I love Cooley. source?

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“Coo­ley has de­clined to fire the at­tor­ney, who remains an as­sociate at the firm, the peo­ple said. Since early De­cem­ber, Tesla has be­gun tak­ing steps in sev­eral cases to re­place Coo­ley or add ad­di­tional coun­sel, le­gal doc­u­ments show. Mr. Musk’s rocket com­pany Space Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies Corp., also known as SpaceX, has stopped us­ing Coo­ley for reg­u­la­tory work, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter.”

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Yeah 100%. Also I suspect Cooley will be scrutinized bc they have an obligation to immediately report unethical conduct by another lawyer and in this case maybe they didn’t?

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We need to know more facts before we can really analyze

Another perspective—Musk’s company had every right to request this. If he wants to take his business elsewhere, that is his prerogative. It is also Cooley’s prerogative to fire his firm as a client if it so chooses. It’s called a free market.

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It doesn’t have to be a suit on its own. I can see how a board or shareholders could make a decision to change leadership based on multiple instances of something like this (ego driven madness). Everyone is invincible until they are not

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Cooley is a fantastic firm especially if you have interest in tech/startups/VC.

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The whole thing is so dramatic

How can people make judgments based on so little information, especially when it's slanted, as it always is, from the media? Lawyers should know better.

In this market, if they fired that associate, they won't be able to hire good talent for a long time to come

That associate would just go to Goodwin

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