Nicole Brookshire is co-chair of Cooley's public companies practice. She practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on the representation of late-stage private and public companies and investment banks in capital markets transactions as well as the representation of publicly traded companies. She has counseled public and private company clients in a full range of general corporate and corporate and securities matters, including public offerings, strategic corporate relationships, SEC reporting and compliance and corporate governance matters.


Client Testimonials

"Nicole brings a unique and powerful combination of an impressive legal mind, a very savvy capital markets transactions expert, and a fantastic company advocate. Her breadth of knowledge, her deep experience and technical skills, and her unyielding energy and support were crucial in the successful execution of our IPO ... from logistics to content to strategy to execution ... her investment in us could not have been greater." – Steven Gatoff, CFO, Rapid7

"We selected Nicole as our IPO counsel based on her capital markets experience, as well as her reputation as the business partner you want on your team to expertly navigate complex transactions. She possesses not only the necessary depth and breadth of knowledge of the legal issues surrounding the capital markets, but also the communication skills and savvy to effectively negotiate the issues. In my role as a CFO taking a company public for the first time, her dedication to client service, process driven approach, enthusiasm, and flexibility were all critical factors in the successful completion of our IPO. Nicole and her team were a pleasure to work with from start to finish." – Jennifer A. Moyer, Chief Financial Officer, Holdings, Inc.



Stanford Law School

JD, 1997, with distinction

Carleton College

BA, 1992, Religious Studies, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa


Bar Admissions





American Bar Association