Nicole Brookshire


Capital markets transactions are in my DNA. I am passionate about helping clients access the public markets in a differentiated and efficient way – with an emphasis on business pragmatism and creative solutions to complex problems.

+1 617 937 2357

Nicole Brookshire is co-chair of Cooley's public companies practice group and a member the firm's board of directors. 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.

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  • UiPath – $1.5 Billion IPO 

  • Billtrust to Combine With South Mountain, a Special Purpose Acquisition Company, at $1.3 Billion Value 

  • VIA optronics – $94 Million IPO 

  • Vital Farms – $235.4 Million IPO 

  • Progyny – $150 Million IPO 

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    My little people

    Peonies, peonies and more peonies

Nicole is an amazing partner to our business and to me as General Counsel. She understands the needs of our business and delivers on the promise of how great an outside counsel can be. Nicole gets to the point and gets stuff done. – Chris Winters, General Counsel, Appian Corporation

  • Stanford Law School
    JD, with distinction, 1997

  • Carleton College
    BA, Religious Studies
    magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Admissions & Credentials




  • American Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    #1 IPO issuer-side tech lawyer in the United States and on the East Coast based on IPO Vital Signs data since January 1, 2015

    Led or involved with over 80% of the software deals on the East Coast and issuer counsel to 66% of the software deals on the East coast, since January 1, 2015

    Chambers USA: Capital Markets: Debt & Equity

    IPO Vital Signs: #1 Law Firm Representing VC-backed Comapnies Going Public Since 2005 

    IPO Vital Signs: #1 Law Firm for Technology and Life Sciences IPOs, Since 2013

 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, CFO, Holdings, Inc.


+1 617 937 2357 office
+1 617 937 2400 fax

500 Boylston Street
14th Floor
Boston, MA 02116-3736