Dave Young


I operate at the intersection of innovation, technology and the law, serving as a strategic advisor to entrepreneurs and emerging growth companies of all stages.

+1 310 883 6416

David Young is a co-founder of Cooley’s Santa Monica office and represents emerging growth companies at all stages, as well as the venture capital firms, strategic investors and investment banks that finance these companies. In addition to providing strategic counseling, his practice encompasses venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, equity compensation matters, strategic counseling, complex corporate partnering transactions and corporate governance. He represents both public and private companies, primarily in the digital media, software, technology, cleantech, life sciences, consumer products and media and entertainment sectors, and also frequently represents venture capital firms and other investors in financings.

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  • Canoo to List on Nasdaq Through Hennessy Capital Merger 

  • Kim Kardashian West Enters Strategic Relationship With Coty to Expand Beauty Brands Globally 

  • Kylie Jenner Partners With Coty for $600 Million 

  • Representation of Dollar Shave Club in its acquisition by Unilever for a reported $1 billion 

  • Dollar Shave Club Sells to Unilever 

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David Young is a rising force in the Southern California market and a powerhouse who is really tied in to the digital economy. – In rankings of the top 30 emerging companies lawyers nationally, Chambers and Partners.

  • University of Southern California Law School
    JD, 1995

  • University of Southern California
    MBA, 1995

  • Pomona College
    BA, 1991

Admissions & Credentials


Rankings & Accolades

    Los Angeles Business Journal: Top M&A Dealmakers (2011)

    Los Angeles Business Journal: Most Influential Lawyers: Digital Media and E-Commerce Law (2014)

    Re/Code: Power Player of LA Tech (2014)

    Daily Journal: Top Emerging Companies Lawyers (2014)

    Chambers USA: Top Startup and Emerging Companies Lawyers (National) (2016 – 2020)

    Legal 500: Key Lawyer: M&A/Corporate and Commercial: Venture Capital and Emerging Companies (2020)

Representative Clients:

Dollar Shave Club


Atom Tickets


Upfront Ventures


+1 310 883 6416 office
+1 310 883 6500 fax

1333 2nd Street
Suite 400
Santa Monica, CA 90401