Lance Cooper

Lance Cooper Marietta Attorney

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Lance Cooper is the founding partner of The Cooper Firm. He practices in all of the firm’s practice areas, with an emphasis on product liability cases involving automobile design and manufacturing defects.

Prior to forming the firm in March 1998, Mr. Cooper was a partner with the law firm of Cooper Jones & Cooper where he represented plaintiffs in substantial personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Cooper has been lead counsel for plaintiffs in a large number of civil jury trials, including trials against General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Continental General Tire, Toyota, and the Department of Transportation.

“He has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases and has received numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements.”

Mr. Cooper’s professional accomplishments have been recognized by his peers. His trial skills and experience are confirmed by his membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an exclusive, invitation-only group reserved for the most experienced trial lawyers across the nation.He has also risen to leadership positions in various attorney-led organizations. He served as the 2002-2003 President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and is a past President of the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association. He has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Cobb County Bar Association.

Mr. Cooper is frequently asked to speak to attorney organizations and has done so on topics such as effective trial strategies and recognizing automobile product liability cases. He has also co-authored articles on maximizing damages in catastrophic injury cases and proving up other similar incidents at product liability trials.

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Mr. Cooper received his law degree from Emory University in 1989, and while in law school, he was a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and an editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.

Mr. Cooper is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of California and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, and Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Cooper lives in Powder Springs, Georgia where he and his wife Sonja, have five children.


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Defects
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Foodborne Illness
  • Technology Predators


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1989
  • Georgia, 1990



  • Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, Georgia
    • J.D. – 1989
    • Honors: G. Joseph Tauro Scholar
    • Law Journal: Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, 1988 – 1989
  • Boston University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • 1986-1987
  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California
    • B.A. – 1985


Representative Cases



  • Don’t Sit On the Bayonet: Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses, ABA Annual Meeting Chicago, 2015
  • Current Issues Re The GM Ignition Switch Defects and Recall, The Voice, 2015
  • Switched Off: GM’s Ignition Switch Defects and the Death of Brooke Melton, American Association for Justice Seminar, 2015
  • Being a Trial Lawyer: It’s Not Just a Job, It’s an Adventure, North Carolina Advocates for Justice Sunset Beach, 2015
  • Five Smooth Stones: Leveling The Playing Field In A David versus Goliath Fight, Washington DC Trial Lawyers Seminar, 2015
  • Winning Before You Get To Trial, Debra Bernes Georgia CLE, 2015
  • Current Issues Re The GM Ignition Switch Defects and Recall, Auto Torts and Product Liability CLE New Orleans, 2015
  • Looking Into The Eye Of The Tiger: Future Trends From Plaintiff’s Counsel, FDCC Winter Convention Amelia Island, 2015
  • Update on ESC, San Diego, 2015
  • GM Ignition Switch Litigation: Lessons Learned, American Association for Justice Palm Springs, 2015
  • Direct Examination: What Lawyers Want From Their Expert, SEAK National Expert Witness Conference Washington, DC, 2015
  • Chronicle of a Death Foretold: The Brooke Melton Tragedy, GTLA The Verdict, 2015
  • Current Issues Re The GM Ignition Switch Defects and Recall, Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2014
  • Timeline of Two Tragedies: The Cobalt/Saturn Key Ignition System, American Association for Justice, 2014
  • Verdict $5,670,943 fatal crash with driver on drugs, ICLE of Georgia, 2013
  • OSI’s How to Find Them and Get Them Admitted, AIEG, 2011
  • How to Determine if You Have a Product Liability Case, Cobb Legal Professionals, 2010
  • New Approaches to Uncovering Discovery Abuse by Foreign Manufacturers, AIEG, 2009
  • PowerPoint in Trial, GTLA, 2008
  • Case Against Dealer for Failure to Inform About Safety Options, AIEG, 2007
  • Pros and Cons of Mediation, GTLA, 2007
  • Post Sale Duty to Warn/Recall – Current Georgia Law, ICLE of Georgia, 2003
  • Staying Ahead of the Discovery Game – How to Manage Discovery in Complex Cases, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 2001
  • New Laws Seminar, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
  • Trapdoors of Premises Liability Claims, ICLE of Georgia, 1995


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia, Member, 1990 – Present
  • State Bar of California, Member, 1989 – Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1990 – Present
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2002 – 2003
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Vice-President, 2000 – 2002
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Vice-President, 1996 – 2000
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, LawPac, Chairperson, 1998 – 2000
  • Cobb County Bar Association, Member, 1990 – Present
  • Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 1993 – Present
  • Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1996 – 1998
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 2004 – Present
  • Attorneys Information Exchange Group 1998- Present