Awards and Honors

Doreen Lundrigan celebrates 15 years at The Cooper Firm

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Doreen Lundrigan celebrates 15 years at The Cooper Firm

Doreen joined the firm in 2001 as a litigation paralegal. Doreen quickly became a strong asset to the firm working on cases involving Wal-Mart, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan, Kia, Ford and Subaru, Chrysler and Michelin. She also helped with ground breaking work involving General Motors and its defective ignition switch, which has made its way across national news several times and prompted millions of defective vehicles to be recalled. Her work in product and auto cases has been invaluable.

Doreen graduated with an Associate’s Degree and completed the paralegal program at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Doreen has two sons who are both married and is the grandmother to a boy and a girl. Doreen is very active and enjoys fitness classes and running. She enjoys spending time her family and friends, and attending sporting events.

Doreen is an active member of the Attorney’s Information Exchange Group (AIEG) and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. She was chairman of a paralegal seminar with a national product liability group in 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama. She was also named Paralegal of the Year in 2012.

Doreen is a wonderful addition to our team and we are so grateful for her fifteen years of service at The Cooper Firm.

Sherry Kerr Celebrates Twenty Years at the Firm

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Sherry Kerr Celebrates Twenty Years at the Firm

Sherry first joined the firm in the summer of 1995. Though the firm has evolved three times over those twenty years, Sherry has stayed during each transition. She has served as an office administrator and a legal assistant for the past 20 years.

“My favorite thing about working for the firm by far is the people.  I enjoy coming to work each day because we have a great team of people led by Mr. Cooper.   The other thing that has always been exciting to me is the difference our firm makes in people’s lives.  Lives are changed because we fight to get them the help they need following catastrophic injuries.  Without Mr. Cooper and the team at The Cooper Firm, many families would never have received the funds they needed to do things such as get the right wheelchair, change the house so a wheelchair will function there or move to a location that accommodates their new limitations.  Other times, it helps families move forward after the loss of a loved one.  I am proud to be a part of this firm and what it represents.

My favorite memories have to do with firm outings!  Over the years we have had a great time together bowling, celebrating birthdays, going out to celebrate a good outcome for a client, playing pranks on each other…And most recently a visit to Skyview in Atlanta.”

Over her time at the firm, Sherry’s family has grown. She and her husband adopted a daughter from China who is now a freshman at North Cobb Christian School. Her daughter participates in several different sports throughout the year. Sherry and her family are actively involved in The Church at the Well in Cartersville, Georgia and in the charity, Orphan Aid Liberia, which provides food, clothing, medical care, education and hope for war orphaned children living in West Africa. Sherry serves on the board for Orphan Aid Liberia and has gone to Africa several times on mission trips with the organization.

Sherry’s loyalty to the firm is highly admired. She is a joy to have in the office, and we are very proud of her and her accomplishments over the past twenty years.

Sherry Kerr

Lance Cooper speaks at North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention as Keynote Speaker

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Lance Cooper speaks at North Carolina Advocates for Justice Annual Convention as Keynote Speaker

Thank you to the North Carolina Advocates for Justice for inviting Lance Cooper to speak at its Annual Convention as the keynote speaker.

Lance spoke on being a trial lawyer in a lunch named “Being a Trial Lawyer: It’s not just a job, it’s an adventure.” During his speech Lance shared on his personal experience in being a trial lawyer for the past twenty years, as well as some of his latest experiences related to the GM ignition switch.

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Congratulations to Lance Cooper for being named Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite in 2014

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Congratulations to Lance Cooper for being named Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite in 2014

Lance Cooper was nominated by his peers to be part of Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite for personal injury law. The list was compiled from lawyers all across the state in ten different practice areas. We are very proud of Lance and his accomplishment.

To view the full magazine article click here. 

To view the PDF version click here. 

Lance Cooper Named Daily Report’s 2014 Newsmaker of the Year – Advocate Capital

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Lance Cooper Named Daily Report’s 2014 Newsmaker of the Year – Advocate Capital

By Donna Jones

The Daily Report recently recognized Lance as Newsmaker of the year “for illuminating the power of discovery in 2014.”   The article “Lance Cooper and the Power of Discovery: One Case, 30M Recalls” highlights the intense discovery work by Lance and his team in theMelton vs. GM case.  The arduous process of reviewing thousands of documents and numerous depositions would ultimately reveal that not only was the Chevrolet Cobalt’s ignition switch defective but that GM officials were aware of the faulty part.  The ensuing NHTSA investigation eventually led to 30MM recalls by GM.

Read the full story here.

Lance Cooper announced Daily Report’s Newsmaker of the Year for 2014

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Lance Cooper and the Power of Discovery: One Case, 30M Recalls

Some lawyers are known for what they do in the courtroom. Lance ­Cooper is known for the heavy lifting it takes to get there.

“I’m not a flamboyant trial lawyer. Some are and they can pull it off,” Cooper said in his Marietta office recently. “Cases are won and lost in discovery. If you don’t have the evidence you need, it doesn’t matter how good a trial lawyer you are.”

For illuminating the power of discovery in 2014, the Daily Report recognizes Lance Cooper as its Newsmaker of the Year.

The news Cooper made came in his representation of Ken and Beth Melton, who are suing General Motors Corp. They claim GM’s mistakes caused the death of their daughter, Brooke, in 2010, after her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt rolled off a highway.

Read the full story here. 

How David Beats Goliath – Lance Cooper – How Plaintiff Lawsuits Benefit Society

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Lance Cooper was recently featured on Advocate Capital, How David Beats Goliath blog for his work in Melton vs. GM.

Thank you to Advocate Capital and Mike Swanson for your support of The Cooper Firm and its work.

Lance Cooper Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2014

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Lance Cooper Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2014

Every year, the Public Justice Foundation presents the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award to the trial attorney or legal team who has made the greatest contribution to the public interest in the past year.

Lance Cooper was nominated for Melton v. General Motors.

Lance Cooper of The Cooper Firm in Marietta, GA. was the sole plaintiff’s attorney in the case. After noticing serious problems with her 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt, including the engine shutting off while she drove, Brooke Melton took her vehicle to her local dealership. A day after she picked it up from the dealership, her car lost power suddenly, veered into oncoming traffic, was struck by another vehicle, and rolled into a creek. Melton was killed in the accident. At the request of Melton’s parents, Lance cooper launched an investigation into her death. When Cooper initially filed Melton v. General Motors against GM and the dealership that services Brooke’s vehicle, he believed the accident was caused by a defect related to a power-steering recall issued by GM one week before the accident. But Cooper retained experts who determined that the real culprit in the fatal accident was a defective ignition switch that caused the car to turn off suddenly while Melton was driving. Cooper then showed that GM has known about the deadly ignition defect before the accident, exposing a corporate cover-up and federal regulatory lapse that led to Gm recalling over 2.5 million car, a Congressional investigation, and large (but confidential) settlement to compensate the Melton family on September 21, 2013.

Lance Cooper is Awarded the Steven Sharp Public Service Award along with Clients

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Lance Cooper is Awarded the Steven Sharp Public Service Award along with Clients Ken and Beth Melton

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“The Sharp Public Service Award is presented annually to attorneys and clients whose cases tell the story of American civil justice and help educate state and national policy makers and the public about the importance of consumers’ rights. This award is named for Steven J. Sharp of Richland, Oregon who lost both arms at the age of 17 because of a defective tractor hay baler. The tractor manufacturer knew one person had been mangled and another decapitated by this defectively designed product. Company executives did nothing, however, even though a small, 70-cent part would have fixed the problem.  At the time of Steven’s case, legislation was pending that would have barred him from taking his case against the manufacturer to court. He spoke out to show lawmakers how legislation to limit access to the courts would deprive people like him of justice.  Steven’s case had a positive effect on Capitol Hill and ultimately led to the defeat of this unfair legislation.” – American Association for Justice

Lance Cooper was recently awarded the Steven Sharp Public Service Award on behalf of his work on the Melton vs. Gm case. His clients, Ken and Beth Melton, also received the award. The award was given by the America Association for Justice this July.

 

Lance Cooper Listed As Number 5 In Top Verdicts of 2012

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 Lance Cooper Listed As Number 5 In Top Verdicts of 2012

CaptureThis past year, attorney Lance Cooper from The Cooper Firm was honored by being named number 5 in The Top 25 Verdicts of 2012 covered by The Daily Report. Not only was the case in the Top 25 Verdicts, but Lance was also listed as number one in his category. The Daily Report combines and critiques the top cases that were covered in the past year and creates a list of those verdicts according to their ranking.

Lance Cooper was featured for the auto accident – wrongful death case he won on June 12, 2012. The case was named Mark and Renee Williamson v. Dylan Turner and the verdict was $5,670,943. Lance Cooper represented Mark Williamson and Renee Williamson the parents of a Zachary Williamson a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a motor vehicle accident. Zachary was in the back seat of a Jeep Wrangler driven by Tanner Field. Zachary’s girlfriend was riding in the front seat of the Wrangler as they were driving down Old Cartersville Road. The defendant, Dylan Turner, was driving a 2005 Dodge Neon and crossed the center line and struck the Jeep head on. The impact caused the Jeep to roll and Zachary suffered injuries to his chest and died minutes later. Dylan Turner tested positive for marijuana, Oxycodone, and Xanax. Ultimately, the jury returned verdicts in favor of the Williamsons and against Mr. Turner.

In arriving in this decision, the jury recognized the value of Zachary Williamson’s life and the devastating impact that his death had on Mark and Renee. Mark and Renee are hopeful that the jury’s decision will deter other young men and women from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

For more information on the case and to see the full list of the Top 25 Verdicts of 2012 you can visit http://multimedia.da ilyreportonline.com/Flipbooks/TopVerdicts/index.html.


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