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.

Nicole is a partner in Cooley's public companies and capital markets practices and a member the firm's board of directors. She practices corporate and securities law, with an emphasis on advising late-stage private and public company clients as well as investment banks in a full range of general corporate and securities matters, including public offerings, strategic corporate relationships, SEC reporting and compliance and corporate governance matters. Nicole has been the #1 issuer-side tech IPO lawyer on the east coast for the past 5+ years. 

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  • Braze – $572 Million IPO 

  • Allbirds – $348.3 Million IPO 

  • Rent the Runway – $357 Million IPO 

  • Warby Parker – Direct Listing 

  • BigCommerce Holdings – $345 Million Convertible Senior Notes Offering 

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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

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Media & Insight


  • American Bar Association

Rankings & Accolades

    #1 IPO issuer-side tech lawyer on the East Coast (Deal Point Data 2017-2021)

    #1 software IPO lawyer on the East Coast, advising on 25% of all software IPOs (Deal Point Data 2015-2021)

    Chambers USA: Capital Markets – Massachusetts

    #1 Law Firm Representing VC-backed Companies Going Public Since 2005 (IPO Vital Signs)

    #1 Firm for Issuer-side US Technology and Life Sciences IPOs – Overall & VC-backed (Deal Point Data 2021)

    The Legal 500: Key Lawyer – Capital Markets: Equity Offer

One of the best parts of being in UiPath is partnering with the very best. Just finished a meeting today and reflected on Nicole Brookshire and her Cooley LLP team…Incredible partners to the point where they are just a part of the team. Not just the expertise or execution – the camaraderie and collaboration is amongst the best I have seen in my career. Wanted to give a quick recognition and thanks for their incredible partnership to date and on the journey ahead. #oneteam #Bestofthebest– Ashim Gupta, Chief Financial Officer, UiPath