Mr. Cooper has served as the sole environmental attorney advising clients - as purchasers, sellers, lenders, or borrowers - in hundreds of transactions ranging in value from seven to ten figures. The principals in these transactions have included private equity "holding" companies, manufacturers, energy companies (including utilities), retailers, lenders (including banks), distributors, developers, and many others. The deals have ranged from real estate conveyances to the purchase and sale (and financing) of major manufacturing companies. Moreover, Mr. Cooper's extensive background in environmental litigation provides a deeper understanding of where transactions can go astray. From CERCLA (Superfund) contribution actions to diminution of property value claims (due to alleged contamination) to penalty proceedings under environmental statutes to insurance recovery litigation for environmental damage. He has spent a significant amount of time litigating environmental claims and negotiating with federal and state agencies. Mr. Cooper has taken a number of cases to trial and many more through pretrial motions and discovery. His wide-ranging practice has encompassed both single plaintiff and mass torts, state and federal courts across the country, and private government actions.

LOCATION: Washington, DC

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: District of Columbia, New York, Colorado, Connecticut, U.S. Supreme Court, District of Maryland, Southern District of New York, Northern District of New York, District of the District of Columbia, District of Connecticut.

CURRENT FIRM: Van Ness Feldman

PRIOR FIRM(S): Arent Fox  |  Dickstein Shapiro

LAW SCHOOL: University of Pennsylvania



(Compliance, Litigation and Counseling, Remediation, Transactional)

Real Estate

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

INDUSTRY: Private equity, lending / finance, real estate development, manufacturing, retail, etc.