Stephen D. Cooke


Partner, Corporate Department, Paul Hastings


Stephen Cooke is a partner in the Securities and Capital Markets practice group in the Orange County office of Paul Hastings LLP.   His experience includes representing emerging growth companies, public issuers and investment banks in a variety of complex capital markets transactions, including venture capital rounds, private placements, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and high-yield and convertible note offerings. He also has substantial experience in mergers, acquisitions, business combinations and other transactions involving public and private companies.   

Mr. Cooke has counseled boards and board committees regarding numerous corporate governance issues, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. He has represented NYSE and Nasdaq traded companies with complex listing issues.

In addition to teaching at the UCI School of Law, Mr. Cooke also teaches a class at the UCI Paul Merage School of Management.  He is a frequent speaker on governance and securities law topics, has co-authored a chapter in a practice guide for investor relations officers on securities laws and written articles on the disclosure requirements of public companies.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Served as the Chairman of the Board, audit committee member and general counsel for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Advisory Board Member, UCI Paul Merage School of Business Audit Committee Summit
  • Chair, Steering Committee for UCI Paul Merage School of Business LEADS Program


  • University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • University of California Los Angeles, M.B.A., 1985
  • University of California Davis, A.B., 1980

Accolades and Recognitions

  • Rated "AV" by Martindale Hubbell
  • Designated as a Southern California Super Lawyer

Representative Speaking Engagements and Publications

  • National Investor Relations Institute; Corporate Disclosures: Issues and Best Practices; Santa Monica, CA
  • UCI The Paul Merage School of Business; Audit Committee Summit; Newport Beach, CA
  • National Investor Relations Institute; Annual Conference; San Diego, CA
  • National Investor Relations Institute; “Standards of Practice for Investor Relations – Disclosure”, co-author
  • LA Chapter of National Investor Relations Institute and LA Chapter of Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals; Santa Monica, CA
  • National Investor Relations Institute Seminar; Securities Regulations 101; Boston, MA and New York, NY
  • PR University Interactive Webinar
  • National Investor Relations Institute Senior Roundtable; San Francisco, CA
  • American Corporate Counsel Association; Irvine and Torrance, CA

Current Courses:

Business Principles for Lawyers

Prior Courses:

Business Principles for Lawyers