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.

Practice areas

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Railroad worker injuries/FELA law
  • Wrongful death
  • Railroad crossing and train wrecks

Bar admissions

  • Virginia, 1988
  • North Carolina, 2001
  • West Virginia, 2002

Honors

  • Elected in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to Chair the FELA Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice (the largest plaintiffs’ attorney organization in the United States)
  • Elected in 2010 and re-elected again every year through 2014 as a District Governor from the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors
  • Listed among VA “Super Lawyers” for personal injury law since 2010 (only 5% of lawyers get this listing)
  • Chosen in 2011 and every year since for “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in VA”
  • AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® : attorney reputation assessment system, showing the highest level of skill and ethics
  • Member since 2011 in the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Roundtable
  • Ranked 10 of 10 (“Superb”) by AVVO, a national lawyer assessment service
  • 2012 Clients’ Choice, Car Accident Lawyer, by AVVO

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1985

Professional associations

  • Virginia Beach and Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Associations
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice