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John Cooper Is Re-Elected as a Governor of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

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John Cooper Is Re-Elected as a Governor of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers’ partner John Cooper has been re-elected as a governor-at-large at the annual convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.

The 2017 convention of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association is being held at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. John is at the event along with Jim Hurley, Bill O’Mara and Griff O’Hanlon from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.

The three-day event includes talks on ethics and dealing with difficult witnesses and clients.

The governor-at-large position makes up the pool of attorneys from whom officers including the president of the VTLA are later selected.

John Cooper has taken part in various leadership roles at the VTLA. He has served as a co‑chair of the fundraising committee.  The committee raises money to ensure the organization operates on budget to accomplish its mission.  The mission of VTLA includes educating personal injury attorneys across the Commonwealth of Virginia as well as lawyers in other specializations through CLE (continuing legal education) programs and other seminars.

The Greenbrier was the venue for the VTLA convention

The VLTA convention was held at The Greenbrier

John played an important role in organizing and moderating the important May torts seminars in 2016. They were held across the state in Virginia Beach, Fairfax, Roanoke, and Richmond. Last year’s events focused on underinsured motorist coverage.

"I am so proud to be a part of VTLA which is a great organization which focuses on making attorneys better at what they do and ensuring people access to the courthouse," John said.

Before he was appointed as a governor-at-large, John was a 2nd District governor for the VTLA, covering Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He was also named by the VTLA to co-chair its Public Affairs Committee which oversees programs including bringing car safety information to high schools.

The VTLA describes itself as a voluntary bar association “dedicated to enhancing the knowledge, skills and professionalism of trial lawyers and committed to improving the law and the fairness of Virginia’s system of justice.”

It’s the largest organization of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia with about 2,200 members, representing clients in a vast number of practice areas.

John Cooper said he tried to explain the “important work that VTLA does on behalf of trial lawyers and their customers.”

Far too many people are taken advantage of by the big insurance companies after a car, truck or motorcycle wreck and lose out. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, the attorneys are dedicated to helping Virginias get what they deserve. Call us at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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