Successful Personal Injury Firm Supported By Talented Staff
Detail-oriented legal personnel help clients achieve results
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we take a team approach to our outcomes. We invite you to learn more about our paralegals and staff. We hope you will contact us online or by calling 757.455.0077 if you need assistance.
Tara Harris has worked as Jim Hurley’s paralegal for almost nine years. She worked at another law firm before she became Jim’s paralegal. Tara attended Tidewater Community College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in legal assisting. Tara is familiar with Hampton Roads where she has lived for more than 10 years. She was born in New Jersey and attended Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, where she still lives. She likes the family feel of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. Tara states, “I love the closeness and friendliness. It’s not stressful,” she said. “I am a people person. I love interviewing and dealing with my clients. This is a close-knit firm.”
Nicole is attorney Jim Hurley’s litigation legal assistant and the first face most visitors see at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. She has lived in Hampton Roads for over 15 years. She graduated from Green Run High School in Virginia Beach and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Tidewater Community College. Nicole worked at another personal injury law firm before arriving at Cooper Hurley in 2011 and worked for an answering service for six years before that. Nicole said, “I get to learn something new every day in the legal profession and it’s nice to know we are helping people in some sort of way. It’s a very family orientated, very laid back work environment at Cooper Hurley. Jim interacts a lot more with the clients that you see in some other law firms and he is very generous in helping clients receive a good settlement. Jim plays a great part in the community.”
John Cooper’s legal assistant, Stephanie Adams, is from Johnson City in East Tennessee where studied biology with a concentration in biochemistry at East Tennessee State University. Before arriving at Cooper Hurley she worked for almost three years for a bankruptcy law firm.
Stephanie is familiar with the needs of Hampton Roads' vast military population because her husband is in the Navy. “My favorite thing about my job is working with the clients and being able to help them understand the complicated legal process in simple terms,” she said. “I came from a small law firm where I was able to build a friendly relationship with each client. It was important to me that I found a firm that was the same way in the Hampton Roads area. I love my job at Cooper Hurley. The staff here goes out of their way to make each client feel like they are their number one priority. I am thankful to be a part of their firm."
Nikki Stodden, John Cooper's Paralegal
Nikki Stodden is a native of Chesapeake and a graduate of Indian River High School who now lives in Moyock, North Carolina. She has 15 years of experience in liability and injury claims and came to Cooper Hurley from the insurance industry in 2016. She studied Business Management at the College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC.
Nikki is from a military background. Her father came to the United States from the Philippines to serve in the Navy. In her spare time, Nikki and her husband Brett watch their 12-year-old son Connor play soccer for his school team. Nikki's older son Chase is a sophomore at UNC Charlotte where he studies mechanical engineering and is in the Air Force ROTC program.
Stacey Maguire, Bill O’Mara’s Paralegal
Stacey Maguire started work at Cooper Hurley as associate Bill O’Mara’s paralegal in September, 2014. Stacey worked for Jim Hurley previously when he was a bankruptcy attorney and has worked for law firms for the past 15 years. She has two small children and wanted a part-time position.
Stacey was born in Chesapeake and graduated with honors from Oscar Smith High School. She said her long track record in the legal profession and her attention to detail, will be assets to Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.
Candace Freeman, Griff O'Hanlon's Paralegal
Candace Freeman joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as a paralegal in 2015. She has been working with personal injury clients since 2007 and says she can relate to their issues. Candace was involved in a serious car accident seven years ago. She sustained a serious shoulder injury. Candace said being involved in an accident helped her in her work as a personal injury paralegal because she was able to relate to clients and understand how being involved in an accident can change their lives. “I wanted to help other people. I can relate to their issues,” she said. “It’s always good to have someone who understands the struggle.” Candace is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. Her family relocated to Hampton Roads because her father was in the Navy. She attended Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk and Norfolk State University where she studied accounting. She was awarded a paralegal associate degree from Bryant and Stratton College. Candace is also a licensed realtor. She lives in Suffolk with her husband Kevin and two daughters aged 5 and 11. In her free time, she teaches modern, lyrical and tap dancing and coaches softball.
Nya McLean, Client Services Director
Nya McLean is Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers' Client Services Director. She followed a family tradition when she joined the firm in 2016. Her sister Nicole has worked as Jim Hurley's legal assistant since 2011. Nya was born in New Orleans and fought cancer at an early age when she was three-years-old. Her military family moved to Hampton Roads so as she could be treated at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. She made a full recovery after a year of treatment.
Nya still lives in Portsmouth, has a son and will be getting married in the summer of 2017. Nya worked at Capitol One before joining Cooper Hurley. She is taking paralegal studies at Bryant and Stratton College. "I feel honored to work for Cooper Hurley because I finally am able to say I am on the journey to the start my career," Nya said. "Cooper Hurley has welcomed me in as a family member and everyone has allowed me to bring out my personality to help others in need."
David Macaulay worked for more than 20 years as a newspaper journalist and editor before he arrived at Cooper Hurley. He holds an LLB Degree in Law from the University of Bristol in England and a postgraduate qualification in journalism from the University of Cardiff as well as a teaching qualification from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. David has written articles for the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Virginian-Pilot, the Daily Press and the Times Educational Supplement in England. He covered the City of Hampton for the Daily Press. At Cooper Hurley, David is responsible for live online content, video production, social media, client testimonials, production of written materials, press releases and mass mailings. David says, “I have worked with a number of attorneys. What makes John and Jim stand out from the rest is the tenacious way they fight to get the most for their clients, their caring attitude and the meticulous way they approach what they do. They are both very specialized in personal injury law, in particular, car, truck, motorcycle and railroad worker cases. They are also generous benefactors in giving back to the community they serve. Part of my job description entails identifying worthwhile local causes to support, such as the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, which we recently made a donation to.”
Billie Jo Holloman, Legal Assistant
Billie Jo Holloman joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers’ support team late in 2016. She works as a legal assistant for attorneys Bill O’Mara and Griff O’Hanlon.
Before joining Cooper Hurley, Billie Jo worked for a law firm in Suffolk, Virginia. Billie Jo was born and raised in Chesapeake and attended Oscar Smith High School. She has seven years of legal experience. “The thing I love most about working at Cooper Hurley is the generosity they show to their clients, community and employees,” she said. In her spare time, Billie Jo likes to hang out with her fiancé and kids Michael and Lillie riding dirt bikes and four wheelers.