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Mehdi Khodadad

Mehdi Khodadad

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Mehdi Khodadad is a partner in the Cooley LLP Business department. He joined the firm in 2004 and is resident in the Palo Alto office. Khodadad has a broad practice representing both leading technology and life sciences companies and their private equity and venture capital sponsors. He has counseled corporate clients, entrepreneurs, and investors on a wide variety of transactions, including private and public financings, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs and related private equity transactions, cross-border and other structured corporate transactions. As a specialist in securities and corporate law, Khodadad also regularly counsels corporate clients and investors on a wide variety of securities law and corporate governance matters.
Khodadad received a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law in May 2004, where he was awarded the High Tech Law Certificate in intellectual property law. While in law school, Khodadad served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Santa Clara Computer & High Technology Law Journal. He has also served on the Board of Advisors of Santa Clara University's High Tech Law Institute and its law school's Strategic Planning Committee. Khodadad received a BA in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1998.
In 2015,  Khodadad was recognized by American Lawyer as a "Deal Maker of the Year" for his work on Paratek Pharmaceuticals' reverse IPO transaction with Transcept Pharmaceuticals, one of 20 transactions nationally where effective lawyering made the difference.  Khodadad has also been recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the "Top 20 Lawyers Under 40" in 2015. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association.


June 14, 2017
Re: Daria Roithmayr

Daria Roithmayr was interviewed about the possible legal implications if President Donald Trump obstructed justice. “The probe has widened from Russian interference with US elections to possible obstruction of justice by President Trump,” Roithmayr explained. “The FBI frequently widens its investigation when it uncovers potential evidence of additional wrongdoing. That’s what has happened here. Mueller’s investigators are interviewing witnesses inside and outside the government in connection with Trump’s actions with regard to Comey and others in connection with the Russian inquiry. Mueller will make a set of findings about whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.”


Emily Ryo
April, 2017

“The Promise of a Subject-Centered Approach to Understanding Immigration Noncompliance.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 5 (2017): 285.

Abby K. Wood
April, 2017

“Measuring the Information Benefit of Campaign Finance Disclosure,” Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Emily Ryo
April, 2017

2017 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie fellowship, Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.