Emily L. Cooke

Emily Cooke’s practice focuses on commercial transactions, compliance, and corporate governance for a range of clients, including small businesses, banks, health care organizations, insurance industry participants, educational institutions, and nonprofit entities. 

Emily specializes in preparing, negotiating, and interpreting commercial agreements.  Her work in this area includes designing template customer and vendor agreements for businesses large and small, drafting online terms and conditions for startups, and negotiating institutional outsourcing agreements for large financial institutions.  Emily also counsels clients on existing contractual arrangements, including potential disputes.  Emily believes a client’s individual business priorities and risk tolerance are key drivers of contracting strategy, and that practical guidance is as valuable as legal advice. 

Prior to joining Pierce Atwood in 2011, Emily was an associate with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked with a range of Fortune 100 financial institutions in public and private mergers and acquisitions and financial regulatory matters.  During law school, she served as a judicial intern to Judge Stephen J. Glickman of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, DC’s highest court. Before beginning her legal career, Emily worked at The Synergos Institute in New York, where she implemented capacity-building workshops for grantmaking institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Emily is the partner in charge of Pierce Atwood's Pro Bono Program.

Civic Activities
  • Board of Directors, Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England
  • Volunteer, American Friends of Refugees Program

Practice Areas

Representative Experience
  • Negotiates third-party relationships for banking services, including correspondent banking, foreign exchange, and financial custody services, on behalf of multinational banking organization
  • Negotiated master services agreements for outsourcing of core processing functions for national bank and insurance carrier clients
  • Provide advice and counsel to regional banking organizations with respect to interstate banking
  • Provided advice and counsel to national insurer in amending existing services agreement with critical software vendor
Representative Experience
  • Provide comprehensive counsel on outsourcing arrangements for global provider of offshore wind energy
  • Developed online terms and conditions for non-profit crowdfunding startup
  • Negotiated pharmaceutical clinical trial agreements for independent physician practice serving as principal investigator
  • Structured and negotiated multiparty liberal arts college library consortium arrangement
  • Provide ongoing advice to non-profit utilities self-regulatory body regarding corporate governance and legal compliance
  • Serve as US counsel to European equipment manufacturer on formation, compliance, and commercial contracting matters
Representative Experience
  • Structured and negotiated student health services arrangement between elite liberal arts college and healthcare system
  • Negotiated pharmaceutical clinical trial agreements for independent physician practice serving as principal investigator
  • Developed customer and physician template agreements, and provided structuring and compliance advice, for mobile second opinion startup
  • Designed online terms and conditions for web-based medical answering service