Cooper Shattuck created Cooper Shattuck, LLC, in January 2017, after over 27 years in virtually every facet of the practice of law. Cooper Shattuck now utilizes his diverse practice experience to turn legal issues into opportunities in the areas of personal, small business, and nonprofit law; corporate general counsel; lawyer discipline; complex litigation; alternative dispute resolution; higher education; environmental law; and government relations and ethics.


Prior to creating Cooper Shattuck, LLC, Cooper served as General Counsel for The University of Alabama System, where he coordinated, managed, and administered legal strategies and services for the entire University of Alabama System including three campuses, its health system (including a hospital and insurer), and over 50 affiliated entities, with an operating budget of $5.5 billion, over 38,000 employees, and a $1.2 billion pooled investment endowment. 


Cooper also served as Chief Legal Advisor to the Governor of the state of Alabama where he worked with and in all areas of state government. Working extensively on the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, he led the state’s efforts to assess damages done both economically and environmentally. Cooper continued to serve as Special Counsel for all spill-related matters when he became General Counsel of The University of Alabama System. As Special Counsel, he led the Governor’s team in settlement negotiations resulting in a $1 billion economic settlement for the state and over $1 billion in Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds, Clean Water Act (RESTORE) funds, and criminal fines and penalties. 


Prior to serving the state of Alabama and Alabama’s largest higher education enterprise, Cooper spent 20 years in private practice, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, which included work not only throughout the state, but later throughout the nation and in Puerto Rico. His firm grew to be the largest in West Alabama with Cooper as one of its managing shareholders.


Juris Doctorate, University of Alabama School of Law (1990)

  • Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, C. Dallas Sands Student Achievement Award Recipient, Phi Delta Phi, Student Bar Association Senator, Student Farrah Law Society President
B.S., Economics, Georgia Institute of Technology (1987)


Alabama (1990)


  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Various pro hac vice admissions


Alabama State Bar (1990-Present)

  • Vice President (2014 – 2015; 2015 – 2016)
  • Executive Council (2014 – 2018)
  • At-Large Bar Commissioner (2013 – 2018)
  • Various Committees & Task Forces (See full resume)
Alabama Law Institute (2011-Present) Alabama Supreme Court Commission on Dispute Resolution (2011-Present) Board of Trustees, Alabama State Bar Foundation (2003-2011; 2011-Present) Fellow, Alabama Law Foundation (2011-Present) Member, American Bar Association (1990-Present) Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2015-Present) Tuscaloosa County Bar Association (1990-Present)
  • Executive Committee (1997-2002)
  • President (2000-2001)
  • Vice President (1999-2000)
  • Secretary/Treasurer (1998-1999) ​
University of Alabama Law School Foundation (2013-2016) Board of Trustees, Farrah Law Alumni Society (2004-2016) Alabama Sentencing Commission (2011-2013)


University of Alabama School of Law

  • Adjunct Professor of Law (1997-2009; 2016-Present)
  • Advanced Torts: Deepwater Horizon, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Sales Law, Negotiations

Lawyer University: Marketing 201: Why, How & What to Watch Out For

  • 2018 Alabama State Bar Annual Meeting

  • Panel discussion with ASB Assistant General Counsel Tripp Vickers & Mark Moody

10 Do's & Dont's of Effective Crisis Communications

  • Tuscaloosa County Bar Association (2018)

Marketing & Advertising: An Ethics Perspective

  • Fidelity National Title Group (2017)

Annual Ethics & Legal Marketing Update

  • Tuscaloosa County Bar Association Annual Meeting (2017)
Dos and Don'ts of Ethical Legal Marketing (2017-Present)​ The Disciplinary Process (2016-Present)​ Strengths & Strengths Based Leadership (2010-Present)​ The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2016-Present)​ Think Green (2015) Status of the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (2011)​ New Immigration Act (2011)


Board Member, Theatre Tuscaloosa (2017-2018)

  • Secretary/Treasurer (2017-2018)
Chair, Leadership Tuscaloosa (2016-2017) Vice Chair, Leadership Tuscaloosa (2015-2016) President, FOCUS on Senior Citizens (2009-2011) Counsel, Black Warrior Council of Boy Scouts of America (2008-2011) Board Member, Black Warrior Council of Boy Scouts of America (2008-2011) Executive Council, Black Warrior Council of Boy Scouts of America (2008-2011) Board of Directors, FOCUS on Senior Citizens (2006-2011) Licensed Local Pastor, United Methodist Church (2009) Order of the Samaritan (2007)​ Local Bar Achievement Award (2000 – 2001)



R. Cooper Shattuck

Principal | Attorney at Law

P: 1-877-44-COOPER (26673)


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