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Rachel B. Proffitt

Rachel B. Proffitt

Cooley LLP

San Francisco, CA, USA

Rachel Proffitt is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she practices corporate and securities law. Rachel co-founded WSGR's SOMA office in 2012, deepening the firm's commitment to the burgeoning community of emerging growth companies and the investors and advisors that support them. Rachel represents public and private clients, as well as venture capital and investment banking firms and other institutional investors, across a broad range of industries. Her practice focuses on general corporate and complex transactional matters, including venture capital transactions, public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and other strategic transactions, and public-company disclosure and corporate governance.


  • Alivecor
  • Appetize
  • Bench Accounting
  • Cabify
  • The Climate Corporation (sold to Monsanto)
  • Comprehend Systems
  • Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Enjoy Technology
  • Flipboard
  • ForeScout
  • Ibotta
  • Index Ventures
  • InstaCart
  • Jelly Industries
  • keenwawa (eatsa)
  • Kenandy
  • Le Tote
  • Meraki (sold to Cisco)
  • Metamarkets
  • Metro Mile
  • Path (sold to Daum Kakao)
  • Rocket Fuel
  • Sequoia
  • Shopatron (sold to Vista Equity Partners)
  • Vectra


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    Member, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review; Member, Hastings Security Law Society
  • B.A., English, University of California, Los Angeles
    Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University Honors Program


  • Recognized in the Start-Ups & Emerging Companies category of the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, with commentators describing her as "phenomenal," "thorough," and "incredibly fast to respond," and observers noting that "she does well at balancing risk"
  • Recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 100 Women Lawyers in California" for 2015


  • State Bar of California

Areas of Expertise

Capital Markets
Corporate  Governance
Mergers & Acquisitions
Private Company Representation
Public Company Representation
Start-Ups and Venture Capital


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