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.
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
- 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)
Executive Committee (1997-2002)
Vice President (1999-2000)
FACULTY & SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
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)
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT & AWARDS