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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

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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, ParalegalCooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Staff

Tara Harris has worked as a paralegal at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for over 10 years.  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 McLean, Legal Assistant Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Staff

Nicole is a 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. After graduating from Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, she went on to earn her Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Tidewater Community College. Nicole previously worked at another injury law firm before arriving at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in 2011 and had 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, laid-back work environment at the office.  Our lawyers interact a lot more with the clients than you would normally see at some other law firms and they are very skilled at helping clients receive a good settlement.  Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers also play a great part in the community.”

Stephanie Adams, Paralegal stephanie

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 Injury Lawyers she worked 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 Injury Lawyers. 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."

Stacey Maguire, Paralegal

Stacey Maguire started work at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate paralegal in September, 2014. She had previously worked for Jim Hurley when he was a bankruptcy attorney and has worked in the legal industry for the past 15 years.

Stacey was born in Chesapeake and graduated with honors from Oscar Smith High School. She has two small children and wanted a part-time position. Stacey said her long track record in the legal profession and her attention to detail, will be assets to Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers.

Candace Freeman, Paralegal Candace Freeman

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 NyaMclean CooperHurley

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 a legal assistant at the firm 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, and is married with a son. She worked at Capitol One before joining Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers and is taking paralegal studies at Bryant and Stratton College.  "I feel honored to work for Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers because I finally am able to say I am on the journey to the start my career," Nya said.  "The firm has welcomed me in as a family member and everyone has allowed me to bring out my personality to help others in need."

Billie Jo Holloman, Legal Assistant
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Staff

Billie Jo Holloman joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers’ support team late in 2016. She works as a legal assistant for attorneys.

Before joining Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, Billie Jo worked for a law firm in Suffolk, Virginia. She was born and raised in Chesapeake and attended Oscar Smith High School. Billie Jo has seven years of legal experience. “The thing I love most about working at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers 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.

Cassidy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer
Cassidy Lewis Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Cassidy Lewis joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in 2017 as the Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining the firm, Cassidy received her Business Administration degree from Elizabeth City State University and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Marketing and Executive Leadership. She has worked in every facet of marketing- campaign management, the non-profit sector, public relations, and digital advertising.

In addition to her eventful career, Cassidy is a passionate environmentalist and human rights activist involved in numerous organizations throughout the community including the executive board of Urban League of Hampton Roads Young professionals. Cassidy says she enjoys working at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers because “The same loving and family environment that we have with each other in the office gets extended to every client that we work with. That’s what makes us different.” Cassidy is married to her best friend and mommy to the prettiest girl on earth.

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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