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Bruce Michael Cooper

Criminal defense Attorney at Washington, DC

5.0   2 reviews

About Bruce

Learn Bruce’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Assault | Homicide | Kidnapping | Burglary | Fraud | Gun crimes | Drug crimes | Reckless driving | Sex crimes | Parole violations | Destruction of property | Assault on a police officer | Underage drinking | Car jacking | More | Call today!

  2. DUI and DWI
    When arrested for a DUI, whether it is your first time or you're a repeat offender, you will need a strong DUI defense lawyer to advocate for you. Deciding not to hire a lawyer or hiring the wrong lawyer can have devastating consequences. Call now.

  3. Federal crime
    If you are charged with a federal crime, Attorney Cooper can help you weigh your options. Call now for a consultation.

  4. Violent crime
    Attorney Cooper has been a knowledgeable and tough criminal defense lawyer in D.C. for decades. If you are facing a criminal charge, call him today for a free consultation and stop worrying.

  5. White collar crime
    Bribery | Credit card fraud | Antitrust violations | Internet fraud | Securities fraud | Insider trading | Forgery | Environmental law violations | Embezzlement | Bankruptcy fraud | Insurance fraud | Mail fraud | Counterfeiting | More | Call now.

  6. Expungement
    A criminal record may also affect whether you can receive certain public benefits. Some records may be sealed or the convictions expunged. While a record for a minor matter may not be of concern now, it could have a profound impact on your future.

  7. Sex crime
    Sexual abuse | Child sex abuse | Solicitation | Prostitution | Rape | If you have been charged with a sex crime, call Attorney Cooper immediately for a free case evaluation.

As a sole practitioner, I provide my clients with the benefit of over 30 years of legal experience.  As a former federal prosecutor and now as a defense attorney, I understand what the prosecutor needs to show for a conviction and what the defense needs to demonstrate for a not guilty verdict.   

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Licensed for 38 years
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1995
Updated 10/01/2022
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 1994
Updated 07/12/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1993
Updated 07/19/2022
State DC
Status Good Standing
Acquired 1984
Updated 06/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Bruce

Bruce Michael Cooper
717 D St NW Ste 300
Washington, DC, 20004-2815
Bruce M. Cooper, Esq., Attorney At Law
717 D St NW Ste 300
Washington, DC, 20004-2815
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5.0 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | June 29, 2015
Excellent Attorney
Bruce assisted me with reckless by speed citations in VA twice. He was candid and professional in all our communication. He also knows his way around multiple districts in VA. He lays out the facts of the situation, advises thoroughly and professionally represents his clients. I highly recommend Bruce Cooper.
Posted by Rita | June 24, 2015
Amazing Services
From the initial conversation until the end of my court case, Mr. Cooper was extremely professional, courteous, empathetic, patient, knowledgeable and a man of immediate action. He is very clear, concise, trustworthy, well connected and detailed when outlining his expectations to assist me in making my case easier to expedite. Before meeting Mr Cooper, I was extremely confused with my case and so many parties involved but he made each step seamless the moment he took over. He was easy to reach at any time and was thorough in his explanations. At the end of the day, he ensured that all parties were satisfied, understood the specifics as well s even followed up afterwards. I would highly recommend Mr Cooper to anyone that is seeking a true professional that knows their craft inside and out!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Office of Bruce M. Cooper
  • 1994 - Present
  • Special Assistant U.S. Attorney
  • United States Attorney
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Assistant General Counsel
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1984 - 1994


  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Legal Cases

  • US v. Harun Salhan
  • Not guilty money laundering -- only not guilty charge among all counsels


  • American Bar Association
  • member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of America
  • member
  • 2014 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • member
  • 1995 - Present
  • District of Columbia Superior Court Trial Lawyers Association
  • member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Amnesty International
  • member
  • 1990 - Present
  • National College for DUI Defense
  • member
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2017
  • Rated Attorney
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2014
  • Certificate for Exceptional Accomplishment
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • 1986
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  • 5 Sentenced in Khat Drug Smuggling Case
  • 2012
  • The Washington Post
  • Man Strangled, Wife Robbed in Charles Co. Home
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Bruce for several years as a highly skilled trial and appellate lawyer who effectively represents his clients."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Well respected in the legal community"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Without any reservations, I endorse Bruce Cooper. I have known Mr. Cooper for several years as a colleague and as a friend. He is the "go to" lawyer for criminal defense matters, including DUI cases, in the D.C. Superior Court. Mr. Cooper is dedicated to achieving the best results for his clients. He exercises the highest ethical standards when zealously representing the accused in Court. He has an excellent reputation among practicing criminal defense lawyers and the judiciary."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Bruce Cooper and he is an excellent attorney. I have worked with him on complex federal cases as co-defendant counsel on both the trial and appellate level. He is very committed to doing the best for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"I have worked with this attorney for almost twenty years and he is one of the finest attorneys I know. He is extremely knowledgable in all areas of law, a dedicated advocate for his clients and an impressive mind for the court. I highly endorse him all endeavors in the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Cooper for many years, and am familiar with his practice and skills. I would recommend him for any criminal matter in DC, Maryland or Virginia local or federal courts."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Bruce Cooper for over 15 years. He is an excellent lawyer. He is dedicated criminal practitioner in District of Columbia and surrounding jurisdictions. I would highly recommend Mr. Cooper."
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