John Clendenin


Working in the heart of Silicon Valley, I’ve been able to collaborate with some of the most successful investment firms in the world.

+1 650 843 5648

John's practice focuses on the representation of domestic and international investment funds, including venture capital, private equity, fund-of-funds, secondary funds and special opportunity funds in connection with their formation, operation and investment activities. He has represented sponsor organizations in the formation of over 50 fund programs, ranging from some of the most well-known multi-billion dollar investment firms to much smaller firms forming seed and early-stage venture capital, angel and similar microcap funds.  In addition to his fund formation practice, John also represents a number of emerging growth companies in financing transactions and general corporate matters. 

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  • Institutional Venture Partners Raises $1.5 Billion for Sixteenth Fund 

  • Westlake Village BioPartners Launches Inaugural Fund With $320 Million 

  • Clear Ventures Launches $120 Million Debut Fund 

  • PeakSpan Capital Closes First Fund at $150 Million 

  • Sierra Ventures Closes $170 Million Fund 

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No one knows VC like Cooley. What is really impressive to us is that, in addition to their level of expertise, their responsiveness is off the charts throughout the ranks. – Chambers USA

  • University of California, Davis School of Law
    JD, 2005

  • University of California, Davis
    MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma, 2005

  • University of Washington
    BA, magna cum laude, 2001

Admissions & Credentials


Rankings & Accolades

    Chambers USA: Investment Funds: Venture Capital: Fund Formation (2020)

    Legal 500: Investment Funds: Private Equity Funds (including Venture Capital) (2020)


+1 650 843 5648 office

3175 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1130