Hon. Charles J. Cooper

Partner, Cooper & Kirk, PLLC

Charles J. Cooper is a founding member and chairman of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC. Named by The National Law Journal as one of the 10 best civil litigators in Washington, he has over 25 years of legal experience in government and private practice, with several appearances before the United States Supreme Court and scores of other successful cases on both the trial and appellate levels.

Shortly after serving as law clerk to Judge Paul Roney of the Fifth (now Eleventh) Circuit Court of Appeals, and to Justice (later Chief Justice) William H. Rehnquist, Mr. Cooper joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in 1981. In 1985 President Reagan appointed Mr. Cooper to the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. Mr. Cooper reentered private practice in 1988, as a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of McGuire Woods. From 1990 until the founding of Cooper & Kirk in 1996, he was a partner at Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge where he headed the firm's Constitutional and Government Litigation Group.

Mr. Cooper's practice is national in scope and is concentrated in the areas of constitutional, commercial, and civil rights litigation. He is currently representing private clients in a variety of commercial cases, including antitrust, intellectual property, and contract disputes. Mr. Cooper also represents a number of state and local government bodies, as well as private clients, in a wide range of constitutional and federal statutory cases.

In 1998 Mr. Cooper was appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist to serve as a member of the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States. Mr. Cooper is a member of the American Law Institute and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, and he has spoken and published extensively on a wide variety of constitutional and legal policy topics.

  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law in 1977
  • B.S., University of Alabama School of Business Administration in 1974

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Publications and Multimedia
Justice Scalia and the Evolution of Chevron Deference - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Texas Chapters Conference
September 22, 2016
Diversity Jurisdiction from Strawbridge to CAFA - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Time to Revisit Chevron Deference? - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Operation Chokepoint - Necessary Oversight or an Attack on Legitimate Businesses? - Podcast
Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Group Podcast
June 17, 2014
Executive Power and the Role of the Coordinate Branches - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Freddie and Fannie Shareholder Lawsuit - Podcast
Corporations, Securities & Antitrust and Financial Services & E-Commerce Practice Groups Podcast
February 21, 2014
An Originalist Take on Diversity Jurisdiction - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
October 18, 2013
Are the Recent Recess Appointments Constitutional?
Engage Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2012
May 17, 2012
Are the Recent Recess Appointments Constitutional? - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
March 05, 2012
Judicial Tenure: Life Tenure or Fixed Nonrenewable Terms? - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 21, 2008
Gay Marriage and the Role of the Judiciary - Event Audio/Video
Civil Rights Practice Group and Religious Liberties Practice Group
October 23, 2008
Supreme Court Term
Online Debate
June 27, 2008
Executive Privilege
Online Debate
July 27, 2007
Recent Developments in Goodwill Litigation
Financial Services & E-Commerce Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 1998
May 01, 1998
New Chapter Opens in Goodwill Litigation
Financial Services & E-Commerce Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 1997
July 01, 1997