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John Cooper

John Cooper

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
  • Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice
  • North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
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John Cooper has been a personal injury lawyer, specializing in car, truck and motorcycle accident cases as well as wrongful death, brain injuries, slip and fall, product liability and FELA railroad employee injuries for over 30 years. He is a founding partner of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. The firm has offices in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Newport News, Suffolk, the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Hampton, VA. His law partners are Jim Hurley and Bill O’Mara.

John Cooper handles cases in Virginia, North Carolina and, West Virginia. He has taken on railroad worker injury and truck accident litigation across the United States.

John Cooper handled a truck accident/wrongful death lawsuit which resulted in the largest settlement of a motor vehicle-related case in all of Virginia in 2010, according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly. In 2012, John Cooper and Jim Hurley handled a case in which a woman from Hampton was badly injured in a truck crash, which led to a $5 million settlement. John Cooper handled a $3.5 million trucking accident death case in Norfolk, securing $3.5 million for a child who lost a parent.

Attorney John Cooper helped secure $2.86 million for a Newport News highway worker who had his legs amputated after he was hit by a drunk driver in Norfolk.

John Cooper holds numerous honors. He chaired the FELA Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice. He is a Governor at Large of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. He has led efforts to bring Continuing Legal Education (CLE) to attorneys across Virginia. John Cooper has been listed in Virginia Super Lawyers for personal injury law since 2010 (only 5% of lawyers get this listing). He holds a top AV rating since 2004 from Martindale-Hubbell, showing the highest level of skill and ethics. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Roundtable and is ranked 10 of 10 by Avvo attorney ratings. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

University of Virginia School of Law
J.D. (1988) | Law
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University of California - Berkeley
B.A. (1985) | Anthropology
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa (academic honor society)
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
- Current
Managing Partner in charge of injury and accident litigation, specializing in catastrophic cases such as wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries and railroad disasters. Focuses in FELA (railroad worker injuries), tractor trailer wrecks, and motorcycle crashes.
Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton, P.C.
Partner handling exclusively plaintiff's personal injury work in firm concentrating in F.E.L.A. cases; emphasis in railroad injury law, as well as automobile, products liability, and medical malpractice injury practice; strong trial experience, particularly multi-state litigation.
Personal Injury Attorney
Kalfus & Nachman, P.C.
Personal injury attorney in high volume plaintiff practice; responsible for large set of automobile, premises liability and medical malpractice cases.
Senior Litigation Associate
Croshaw, Beale, Hauser & Lewis, P.C.
emphasizing plaintiff's personal injury practice with substantial courtroom experience in medical malpractice, personal injury, commercial litigation, and criminal law.
Law clerk
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Divsion
Law clerk to the Honorable Rebecca Beach Smith (currently senior federal judge in the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division), drafting memoranda, opinions, and orders in civil and criminal cases
Articles & Publications
Top Twenty Tips for Car, Truck or Motorcycle Accidents
Speaking Engagements
Personal Injury Practice From the Plaintiff’s and Defense’s Perspective, Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Bar Association
Advocacy in Thought, Word and Deed, 2019 Adovacy Seminar, Norfolk, VA
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Handling a Personal Injury Case: Phone Call to Verdict, Virginia Beach Bar Association
Tort Law, Tort Law Seminar, Norfolk, VA
Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Client Champion - Silver
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2013, 2015 - 2019 Listed among VA Super Lawyers for personal injury law since 2010 (only 5% of lawyers get this listing)
AV Preeminent
Top AV rating since 2004 by the Martindale-Hubbell attorney reputation assessment system, showing the highest level of skill and ethics
Leaders in the Law
Virginia Lawyers Weekly
The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
The National Trail Lawyers
Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
Coastal Virginia Magazine
Ranked Superb 10 out of 10
Ranked 10 of 10 (superb) by AVVO, a national lawyer assessment service
Professional Associations
Virginia Beach Bar Association
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Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Association
Activities: Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors); American Association for Justice
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Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Board of Governors
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American Association for Justice
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Brain Injury Association of Virginia
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina
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West Virginia
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  • Free Consultation
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
Additional Practice Area
  • Car Accidents
  • English
  • Spanish
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Contact & Map
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
125 St Pauls Blvd
Ste 510
Norfolk, VA 23510
Telephone: (757) 455-0077
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers - Virginia Beach Meeting Location
200 South Kellam Rd, Ste 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Telephone: (757) 309-4711
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers - Chesapeake Meeting Location
411 Cedar Road, Suite 250
Chesapeake, VA 23322
Telephone: (757) 410-7301
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers - Hampton Meeting Location
W. Queens Way
Suite 100
Hampton, VA 23669
Telephone: (757) 224-5477
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers - Newport News Meeting Location
13195 Warwick Blvd
Suite 2-B1
Newport News, VA 23602
Telephone: (757) 369-0944
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers - Portsmouth Meeting Location
355 Crawford St
Suite 600-D
Portsmouth, VA 23704
Telephone: (757) 966-2371
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers - Suffolk Meeting Location
215 Market St
Suffolk, VA 23434
Telephone: (757) 226-0046
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers - Exmore Meeting Location
3443 Virginia Ave
Exmore, VA 23350
Telephone: (757) 226-7689