Jim Fulton is a partner in the Emerging Companies practice group and partner-in-charge of Cooley's New York office. He joined the Firm in 1995 and is resident in the New York office. Prior to his tenure in New York, Jim spent 17 years practicing in Cooley's Palo Alto office where he was firm-wide Chair of the Emerging Companies practice group and co-chair of the Clean Energy and Technologies group.
Jim focuses on representing both emerging and established technology, healthcare and biotechnology companies and the venture capital firms that invest in those companies. Concentrating in corporate and securities law, he counsels companies throughout their lifecycle on matters ranging from company formations, private financings, employee equity incentives and executive hiring, to complex spinouts, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and SEC reporting and compliance. In the last 10 years alone, Jim has worked on more than 350 venture capital transactions, raising more than $4 billion dollars. In addition, Jim has closed venture capital funds raising in excess of $5 billion, public offerings of nearly $1 billion in equity and M&A transactions valued at more than $3 billion.
Jim's clients represent a wide range of industries including internet, digital and social media, mobile, software, retail, healthcare IT, medical device, telecommunications, semiconductor, clean technologies, and life sciences. Representative clients include Web.com, AAA, Blurb.com, Cloud Physics, Dialogic, Inc., eASIC Corporation, Ecomotors and Segetis. Jim also represents many leading venture capital firms in their financings, including InterWest Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA, Norwest Venture Partners, Panorama Capital, Scale Venture Partners, and Versant Venture Capital.
Jim was named on the 2012 AlwaysOn Power Players in Greentech list and one of the Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers in California by The Daily Journal in 2011. He was also recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the category of corporate law and venture capital law in 2008-2012 and Northern California Super Lawyer in the category of securities and corporate finance in 2007-2012. Prior to joining Cooley, Jim was a senior budget analyst with the U.S. Government's Office of Personnel Management for six years.
Representative transactions include:
- Web.com's renegotiation of its $800 million in debt.
- Web.com's $115 million secondary public offering.
- Web.com's acquisition of Network Solutions.
- Dialogic, Inc. in a private placement of convertible notes and warrant.
- Cloud velocity in a $5 million sale of preferred stock.
- Ecomotors in a $32.5 million sale of preferred stock.
- Segetis, Inc. in a $26.5 million sale of preferred stock.
- Crushpath Systems, Inc. in its sale of preferred stock.
- Institutional Venture Partners in their investment in Buddy Media.
- InterWest Partners in their investments in Badgeville, Marketo, Optimizely, Tapjoy and many other portfolio companies.
- Mayfield Fund in their investments in Appcelerator, Cloud9, Gigya, Viral Heat and many other portfolio companies.
Jim received a JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995, graduating cum laude. He received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1989, graduating cum laude.
Jim is admitted to practice law in California and is pending admission in the District of Columbia.
- Georgetown University Law Center
JD, 1995, cum laude
- Georgetown University
BS Foreign Service, 1989, cum laude