Lawrence A. Cooper has received the highest rating given (AV) for both competence/skill and professional ethics from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 25 years, which rates attorneys and law firms nationwide. He has been recognized as one of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers. 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, 2016, 2017 and the Journal of Law & Politics®, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. 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, Erin Lewis, and Matthew Macy. 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
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 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. He also enjoys teaching at the Emory Law School Professionalism Program. Larry volunteers his services as an arbitrator for the Georgia Bar Attorney – Client Fee Dispute 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 25 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. 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 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, personal injury, wrongful death, 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 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 four 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. He has spoken at several national seminars on representing high profile clients in divorce cases.
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/Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice
Larry’s success in traumatic personal injury, medical malpractice, 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 is devoted to representing clients devastated by severe brain, spinal cord, burn, and physical injuries. Larry handles personal injury cases, wrongful death cases, amd medical malpractice cases on a contingency basis and there is no fee due until there is a recovery. If necessary due to your injuries, Larry 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, 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.