Christian Cooper graduated with honors from the University of Southern California in 1998 with a degree in Spanish and international relations. Prior to attending Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, he produced and edited on-air features and the websites for two nationally syndicated public radio shows, was involved in the launch of Univision.com (now the top-rated Spanish-language website in the country) and was a writer and editor for the Recording Academy, which produces the Grammy Awards and Latin Grammys.
Christian was the president of Loyola’s gay/straight alliance and competed in the first-ever National Sexual Orientation Moot Court Competition at UCLA. While at Loyola, he clerked at the HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance, Lambda Legal, the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office.
After graduating from Loyola, he accepted a research fellowship at the Williams Institute, a think tank on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy at the UCLA School of Law. While there, he conducted a multilingual study of HIV discrimination in dental care in Los Angeles County and compiled data from throughout the country on employment discrimination based on sexual orientation.
After completing his fellowship at the Williams Institute, he moved to San Francisco, where he quickly involved himself in San Francisco politics by serving as treasurer for a candidate for the Board of Supervisors. Christian practiced law with one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the city, appearing in courts throughout the Bay Area.
In 2010, responding to the economic meltdown, Christian switched his focus to working with homeowners facing foreclosure, and others impacted by the economic collapse. He currently practices bankruptcy law, working with debtors to get a fresh start in their finances, and, where possible, help homeowners behind on their mortgages work out being able to stay in their homes.
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish, French
Licensed since 2007
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Order of Troy||University of Southern California||1998|
|Staff Attorney||Public Counsel||2011 - Present|
|Owner||Law Office of Christian Cooper||2008 - Present|
|Research Fellow||The Williams Institute||2007 - 2008|
|Legal Intern||United States Attorney's Office||2007 - 2007|
|Legal Intern||Los Angeles County Public Defender||2006 - 2006|
|Legal Intern||Lambda Legal||2006 - 2006|
|Legal Intern||HIV & AIDS Legal Services Alliance||2005 - 2005|
|Publications Coordinator||The Recording Academy||2001 - 2004|
|Producer||Univision Online||2000 - 2001|
|New Media Editor||Marketplace Productions||1998 - 2000|
|Intern||The White House, Office of the Press Secretary||1996 - 1996|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2010 - Present|
|Long Beach Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Central District Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Member||2008 - 2010|
|Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom||Member||2008 - 2010|
|Los Angeles County Bar Association||Member||2004 - Present|
|Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles||Member||2004 - Present|
|Mensa||Member||2002 - Present|
|In re R.L.S. and M.D.S.||Chapter 13 plan confirmed, lien successfully avoided and second mortgage was converted from a secured to an unsecured debt, to be paid off at 23% along with other unsecured debts.|
|Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review||HIV Discrimination in Dental Care: Results of a Testing Study in Los Angeles County||2012|
|The Williams Institute||HIV Discrimination in Dental Care: Results of a Discrimination Testing Study in Los Angeles County||2011|
|Loyola Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2007|
|University of Southern California||International Studies||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|