Lawrence A. Cooper has received the highest rating given (AV) for both competence/skill and professional ethics from Martindale-Hubbell for 25 years, which rates attorneys and law firms nationwide. Larry has also been chosen by his peers as one of the Georgia Super Lawyers®, as published in Atlanta Magazine for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the Journal of Law & Politics®, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He is an experienced trial lawyer, admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1975 and the State Bar of Texas in 1975. He was born in San Antonio, Texas, and moved to Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. Larry’s law firm, Cohen, Cooper, Estep & Allen, LLC, is also rated AV, the highest rating for law firm competence, skill, and professional ethics given by Martindale-Hubbell. Larry is privileged to work with the following law partners: Darryl Cohen, Steve Estep, Jefferson Allen, Jeffrey L. Cohen, Scott Schweber, Erin Lewis, and Elizabeth Beskin. Larry’s practice accepts cases in the following areas:
- Divorce/Family Law (Divorce, Custody, Alimony, Child Support, Contempt, Child Support/Alimony Modification, Paternity, and Collaborative Divorce)
- Prenuptial Agreements
- Personal and Catastrophic Injury Resulting from Automobile, Truck, Tractor-Trailer, Motorcycle, and Boating Accidents (Traumatic Brain Injury, Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury, Severe Burn Injury, and Death)
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability
- Premises Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Litigation
- Legal Malpractice
- Complex Civil/Commercial Litigation (Breach of Contract, Fraud, RICO, Tortious Interference with Business Relations, Restrictive Covenants, Employment and Shareholder Agreements, Conversion of Trade Secrets, and Fiduciary Violations)
- Libel, Slander, & Invasion of Privacy Litigation
- Civil and Divorce Mediation and Arbitration
- Physician Practices: Professional Corporations, Employment Agreements, Shareholder Agreements, Termination Agreements, Restrictive Covenant Issues, Non Solicitation issues, General Contract Negotiations
- Physician Licensing, Board Investigation, & Hearings
- Physician Credentialing, Peer Review, Psychiatric Patient Privilege
Larry is admitted to practice in all state trial and appellate courts in Georgia, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a Registered Neutral in General Mediation, Domestic Relations Mediation, and Arbitration with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Cobb County Bar Association (President Family Law Section Cobb County Bar Association 2015-2016), Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Southern Trial Lawyers Association, The National Trial Lawyers (www.TheNationalTrialLawyers.org, membership limited to select premier trial lawyers), the Lawyers Club of Atlanta, and Old Warhorse Lawyers Club. He received his B.A. from Tulane University, his J.D. from St. Mary’s University, and his Master of Laws from Emory University. He has enjoyed teaching for many years at the Emory Law School Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program.
Larry, since his Judicial Clerkship to the Honorable Elmo Holt, Superior Court, Atlanta Judicial Circuit in 1976 and 1977, has represented numerous individuals and businesses in a wide variety of matters, legal problems, and business disputes. Larry has successfully tried significant jury cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, brain damage, spinal cord injury, blindness, traumatic injury, and invasion of privacy. Larry will accept challenging cases which are uphill battles that he believes are meritorious. He has had successful jury verdicts in unique cases such as representing the plaintiff in an AIDS invasion of privacy case, and representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case concerning a patient who attempted suicide. For more than 30 years, Larry has also tried complex jury divorce cases, non-jury divorce cases, and custody cases. Larry also handles sophisticated and complex business litigation involving breach of contract, fraud, RICO, libel, slander, tortious interference with business relations, restrictive covenants, non solicitation, conversion of trade secrets, and violation of fiduciary duties. Larry does not shy away from going head to head in litigation against the largest law firms and major corporations.
Larry’s goal is to effectively and ethically represent his clients in the pursuit of justice. If Larry accepts your case, he will be empathetic, very available, and provide the attention to detail that your case deserves. His professional staff is also very dedicated and experienced. The law partners he works with are also very experienced, dedicated, and extremely competent. Together Larry and his client will develop a strategy for success, and not only will Larry and his staff work diligently for you, but Larry will draw upon his more than 35 years of legal experience in representing clients in a wide variety of complex civil and domestic litigation cases. Although Larry handles a wide variety of litigation cases, he restricts the number of cases his practice accepts so that he and his staff can provide the utmost personal attention to each case. Larry’s focus from the moment he accepts your case is to prepare for trial, and at the same time to make diligent effort to reasonably settle the case with minimum expense and time to you. This approach has served his clients well in significant and complex cases over more than three decades.
Larry has very extensive experience in family law/domestic cases and has been trying domestic/divorce cases since he completed his judicial clerkship in 1977. In divorce cases, Larry strives to provide his clients with effective legal counsel while remaining cost effective. He prides himself on being very available to his clients. He encourages his clients to become involved in their representation in order to develop a solution that will best meet their objectives. Larry understands that divorce is one of the most difficult situations that a person will ever face, and he is devoted to his clients and works diligently to achieve successful results on behalf of his clients. In divorce cases involving custody or visitation, Larry believes the minor children are the most important consideration. He advises parents to carefully consider the impact that the divorce will have on the children involved. He is committed to helping clients develop win-win parenting plans that will be of the most benefit to the parents and, most importantly, the children. Ensuring that children in a divorce case have the means to grow up happy and healthy is a primary goal of Larry’s family law practice. As to the issue of alimony, every case must be analyzed on its own particular merits. Larry is a sympathetic lawyer who understands that circumstances of life change. For example, sometimes it is appropriate to file a child support or alimony modification action when there has been a substantial increase or decrease in the income or financial status of a party. Sometimes a petition to modify custody is in the best interests of the child or children. Larry also handles contempt of court cases and takes those cases very seriously since, for example, a parent behind in child support alimony, or who has violated the visitation provisions of an order of the court may possibly be incarcerated if adjudged in contempt. Larry has handled high profile divorce and paternity cases, and he strives to keep publicity to a minimum.
Larry also has extensive experience in drafting prenuptial agreements and speaks at legal seminars on the pitfalls of prenuptial agreement negotiation and drafting. The purpose of a prenuptial agreement is to protect your assets and income in the event of divorce. Before entering into a prenuptial agreement, it is critical that full financial disclosure is made by both parties and there should be no duress. A prenuptial agreement can be found to be unconscionable by a judge and held unenforceable if not handled appropriately.
Personal/Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death
Larry’s success in traumatic personal injury and wrongful death cases allows him to be very selective in the cases his practice accepts. All his clients receive the highest level of personal attention. The cases Larry accepts are thoroughly investigated, researched, and prepared. He is passionate about representing individuals who have been injured by negligence or wrongdoing. Larry has over 35 years of experience in representing the victims of negligence and intentional wrongful acts. He and his team are devoted to representing clients devastated by severe brain, spinal cord, burn, and physical injuries. Larry handles personal injury cases on a contingency basis and there is no fee due until there is a recovery. If necessary due to your injuries, Larry and his staff will come to you for an appointment.
Larry has a wide breadth of experience representing individuals and companies in complex business/commercial litigation. He has represented companies and individuals in business matters as a legal advisor and as an advocate in litigation for more than three decades. He understands the business objectives of his clients and his goal is to settle business disputes economically and successfully. He sometimes encourages his clients to consider mediation and arbitration. Being an experienced trial lawyer, Larry is able to make plaintiffs’ breach of contract cases, fraud cases, RICO cases, tortious interference with business relations cases, libel cases, and cases warranting punitive damages come alive for the jury. Larry and his staff carefully analyze the facts and research the law related to each case, and sometimes cases being defended can be resolved on Motion to Dismiss or Motion for Summary Judgment. The attributes Larry, his staff, and his partners bring to complex business litigation are preparation, strategy, creativity, knowledge, attention to detail, adaptability, and, with Larry’s more than 35 years of legal experience, how to value the case, when to settle, and when to push to go to trial.
Physician Practice: Professional Corporations/Employment Agreements/Shareholder Agreements/Termination Agreements/Restrictive Covenant Issues/ Non Solicitation Issues/ Contract Negotiations
For more than 30 years, Larry has represented doctors and professional practices in such matters as drafting physician employment agreements, drafting physician shareholder agreements, negotiating physician termination agreements, setting up Professional Corporations, negotiating the purchase and sale of medical practices, and general contract negotiations. Larry understands the wide range of issues that face physicians that are joining medical groups, leaving medical groups, and becoming physician shareholders in medical groups. Larry and his law partners have the knowledge and experience to provide comprehensive legal support for the needs of physicians in the business of practicing medicine. Larry has extensive experience in issues regarding Restrictive Covenant provisions and Non Solicitation provisions in Physician Employment Agreements and Physician Shareholder Agreements. It is in Larry’s opinion usually preferable to attempt to negotiate a resolution of these matters without litigation but sometimes it is necessary to file and litigate a Declaratory Judgment Action as to the enforceability of the applicable provisions or seek an Injunction. During more than three decades practicing law, Larry has become very close friends with several doctors he has had the privilege to represent. He has the utmost respect for the medical profession, and his father, his personal hero, was a doctor.
Physician Licensing/ Board Investigations/ and Hearings
Larry, over the years, has also been very successful in representing physicians when they have faced revocation or restriction of their professional licenses. Physicians’ licenses can be in jeopardy when there are allegations such as substance abuse, over prescribing pain medications, medical malpractice, sexual improprieties, and criminal offenses. Sometimes the complaint to the State Board of Medical Examiners originates from disgruntled patients, pharmacists regarding prescriptions, hospitals, other doctors, nurses, and law enforcement officers. Larry’s experience as a trial lawyer and his experience trying medical malpractice cases provide him the background to thoroughly prepare his physician clients for disciplinary hearings and to enlist the assistance of top medical experts for consulting purposes or as expert witnesses. Larry, in the early part of his career, was privileged to represent for a number of years the Medical Association of Atlanta. He will confidentially sometimes call upon the assistance of physician experts in order to educate him on the pertinent issues to be able to better prepare his client for the Disciplinary Hearing. If you are a physician, and have a problem with the State Board of Medical Examiners, Larry has the background and experience to be your strong advocate. You will be well prepared before the hearing. He will encourage you to take an active role in preparing for the Hearing. He will encourage you to further educate yourself on the pertinent issues and patiently and empathetically work with you in articulating your medical rationale for your actions or the personal issues that led to your actions. Larry will also help you skillfully and pragmatically negotiate a plan and a resolution.
Physician Credentialing Issues/Peer Review Issues/Psychiatric Patient Privilege
Larry also welcomes representing doctors in credentialing issues with hospitals. Larry is very sympathetic to doctors who are facing losing their hospital privileges, and will represent such doctors. Often if analyzed with insight, a pragmatic resolution can be crafted with the hospital. Larry understands peer review privileges, and if necessary will file for a Protective Order when opposing counsel oversteps legal bounds. In litigation including but not limited to divorce cases, personal injury cases, and civil litigation actions, attorneys sometimes will improperly subpoena or Request To Produce confidential psychiatric patient records, and or other privileged medical records. Larry has experience in filing for Protective Orders with the appropriate court in such cases.