Wendy Brenner

Partner, Palo Alto at Cooley LLP

Wendy Brenner

Wendy Brenner

Partner, Palo Alto at Cooley LLP

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Wendy J. Brenner chairs the Employment & Labor practice group and works with technology and life science entities, ranging from startups to public companies, on employment counseling and litigation. Her counseling practice spans human resources issues facing employers, including hiring and recruiting, worker classification, employee separations, personnel policies, executive compensation agreements, wage-andhour matters and compliance with state and federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requirements. She regularly conducts, directs and advises on workplace investigations involving whistleblower allegations, discrimination and harassment and also advises employers on employee mobility issues,
including trade secret matters and restrictive covenants.

Wendy also routinely represents employers in classification audits before the California Employment Development Department, provides training on managing within the law and discrimination/harassment, and assists with the employment-related aspects of M&A transactions.

She also represents employers in litigation matters in federal and state courts on a wide variety of claims, including harassment and discrimination, wrongful termination, trade secret theft and unfair competition. She has handled more than a dozen court trials and arbitrations through verdict, and she has extensive mediation experience, as well as experience with administrative proceedings before the EEOC, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and the California Labor Commissioner.

Wendy also handles individual representations of C-level executives with respect to their employment and/or
separation agreements. Wendy serves on Cooley's Partner Nominating Committee and is an active participant in Cooley's Women's Initiative. In 2007, she received the "Frances Perkins Public Service Award" from the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Pro Bono Committee in recognition of significant pro bono services.

During law school, Wendy interned for Judge Charles A. Legge in the US District Court for Northern District of California.

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JD
Class of 1998

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, commonly referred to as Berkeley Law and Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley Law is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in the nation, with acceptance rates lower than every school except Yale and Stanford. The Department of Jurisprudence was founded at Berkeley in 1894. In 1912, the department was renamed the School of Jurisprudence, which was then renamed the School of Law in 1950. The School was originally located in the center of the main UC Berkeley campus in the Boalt Memorial Hall of Law, built in 1911 with funds largely from Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt donated in memory of her late husband, John Henry Boalt. In 1951, the School moved to its current location in the new Boalt Hall, at the southeast corner of the campus, and the old Boalt Hall was renamed Durant Hall. In April 2008, the law school rebranded itself from "Boalt Hall" to "Berkeley Law", in order to more closely tie the law school's name with the campus upon which it resides. The administration hopes that this move will further increase the law school's prestige, since people will now associate it with the Berkeley campus.

BA in Political Science
Class of 1993

Stanford University, officially Leland Stanford Junior University, is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year. Stanford is generally ranked among the best universities in the world by academic publications. It is also one of the top fundraising institutions in the country, becoming the first school to raise more than a billion dollars in a year.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

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TO SERVE THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND THE GENEAL WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY.

Career History
Partner, Palo Alto
1998 - Current

Cooley LLP is a provider of strategic litigation and business transaction services and is a representative of private and public companies, financial institutions, venture capital firms and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Member, Partner Nominating Committee
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Cooley LLP is a provider of strategic litigation and business transaction services and is a representative of private and public companies, financial institutions, venture capital firms and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Amgen, Inc. purchases Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc.

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Uber Technologies, Inc. purchases Drizly LLC from Polaris Partners, Tiger Global Management LLC (Private Equity), Fairhaven Capital Management LLC, First Beverage Capital LLC, Cava Capital LLC, Accomplice LLC, Avenir Management Co. LLC

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SunRun, Inc. purchases Vivint Solar, Inc.

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