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John Mark Cooper

Car accident Attorney at Norfolk, VA

5.0   18 reviews

Licensed for 34 years

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Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    40%

    33 years

  2. Personal injury
    20%
    I specialize in FELA/railroad worker accidents and injuries. We only represent people who were hurt, not insurers or companies.

    33 years

  3. Brain injury
    10%

    33 years

  4. Slip and fall accident
    10%

    33 years

  5. Trucking accident
    10%

    33 years

  6. Wrongful death
    10%

    33 years

John Cooper has been practicing personal injury law in Virginia for over 25 years. His long and in-depth knowledge of personal injury and wrongful death cases means other lawyers often refer him injury cases.

Since he set up Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in Norfolk with Jim Hurley in 2011, John Cooper has won many multi-million dollar cases for clients who suffered terrible injuries on the highways of Virginia or families who lost loved ones.

John Cooper has forged a reputation for battling hard against the insurance companies to secure clients the compensation they deserve.

He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia. He has represented injured people in federal and state courts, including the Virginia Supreme Court.  John Cooper is admitted to practice in U.S. District Courts in the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

John Cooper was born in Norfolk, Virginia, and raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.  Both of his parents were lawyers.  His father was a tax attorney and he followed in his footsteps by going to the University of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1988. His mother went back to law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, when she was raising three children after an earlier career as an English professor at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  John Cooper said it was clear from early that he would be a lawyer. “I truly love what I do,” he said.

John and his wife Monica have three children. Their son Matthew is following in John’s footsteps and is studying law at UVA.

John Cooper holds a 10 out of 10 rating with Avvo, and the highest rating (AV) granted to attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating Service. He is recognized by Virginia Super Lawyers, an accolade only 5 percent of attorneys in the state attain.

John Cooper is a Governor At Large of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (VTLA). He works tirelessly to bring continuing legal education (CLE) events to attorneys across the state.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is based in Norfolk with client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, Portsmouth and on Virginia's Eastern Shore. We also help clients in northeastern North Carolina. John Cooper has represented injured railroad workers across the country.


One thing that sets our firm apart from the competition is the fact that our sole focus is on personal injury law. Law partners John Cooper, Jim Hurley, Bill O’Mara and Griffin O'Hanlon do not split their attention between several very different practice areas. They devote their 50+ years of combined experience entirely to Virginia personal injury law. This specialization enables us to stay on top of all changes in the Virginia Code and Supreme Court cases, using our knowledge and up-to-date familiarity with Virginia law to our clients’ advantage.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is not a factory firm where clients are seen as a way to increase our own profits. Instead, we view each client as a member of our own family and pride ourselves on supporting them the same way we would one of our own family members during a difficult time in their life. Please see our Cooper Hurley client reviews to find out more about our firm.

 

 

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Licensed for 34 years
State WV
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 10/29/2022
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 10/03/2022
State VA
Status Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 1988
Updated 10/01/2022

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

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Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
125 St Pauls Blvd, Ste 510
Norfolk, VA, 23510
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
200 South Kellam Rd, Ste 101
Virginia Beach, VA, 23462
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
13195 Warwick Blvd, Ste 2-B1
Newport News, VA, 23602
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
50 W Queens Way, Ste 100
Hampton, VA, 23669
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
512 Albemarle Drive
Suite 102
Chesapeake, VA, 23322
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
355 Crawford Street, Suite 600-D
Portsmouth, VA, 23704
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
215 Market Street
Suffolk, VA, 23434
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
3443 Virginia Ave
Exmore, VA, 23350
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Reviews

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Posted by Isaac | June 10, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted attorney
Very professional. John understood what I was feeling. Some attorneys are pushy, but John doesn't do it for the money. He actually cared about me. His team always kept me notified. I would recommend him to any and everybody.
Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2018
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Best attorney
John was very courteous, patient, and knew everything I was going through. He did everything in his power to get me what I deserve.
Posted by Caroline | December 13, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you everyone!
We just want to thank everyone at Cooper Hurley. We appreciate John Cooper, Charles, Bailey and Jenny for their hard work.
Response from John Cooper December 14, 2021
Thank you for your review, Caroline.
Posted by Angelique | August 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
They will look under every stone
Thank you guys! You were the best an injured person could have! No unreturned calls an so much understanding. You walk in my shoes, an helped to resolve it. John Cooper, Charles, Stephanie, Tiffany, Brittany....thank you an may God continue to bless you!
Response from John Cooper August 11, 2020
You are very welcome Angelique! It was a pleasure to help you every step of the way.
Posted by Jeanette | January 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Did a good job.
Hired John after car crash...Would recommend him. Did a good job.
Posted by Deanna | February 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
John Cooper Made Everything Easy for Me
My case was simple and complicated due to too many health care providers and not enough insurance. I was hurt in a car crash in July, 2014. I was very happy with John Cooper and the result he achieved for me. I would recommend him to anyone.
Posted by Jim | January 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Nothing But Praise for John Cooper
I have nothing but the highest praise for Copper Hurley Injury Lawyers and the way they handled my case. They were professional and courteous they were completely on top of things from beginning to end. I'd recommend them to anyone going through an injury case.
Posted by Natasha | November 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
My experience was great
My experience was great, I was very pleased with Cooper Hurley's service they kept me up to date with my case at all times and went above and beyond for me and my children
Posted by Elizabeth | November 24, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Many thanks to John Cooper
I am so pleased with my experience with Cooper Hurley. From start to finish they treated me like a priority. You can hire anyone to settle a lawsuit for you, but to find a law firm that makes you feel like family is priceless. Thanks again for all your hard work in really helping me get the settlement that I deserved.
Posted by Anthony | December 11, 2014
John Cooper is a Dedicated and Trustworthy Attorney
I have known John Cooper for more than three years. I respect his abilities as a personal injury attorney in the Hampton Roads area. He is very well respected in the community and one of the best attorneys in his field. He's a trustworthy individual who works very hard for his clients.
Posted by Ted | November 12, 2014
An Outstanding Citizen
John Cooper is an outstanding citizen and respected member of this community. I have had the privilege to serve with him on the board of directors of our house of worship and found him to be ethical, moral and understanding
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2011
Client from Richmond, VA Pleased with Outcome of Wrongful Death Case
Thanks so much to John Cooper and his law firm for their steadfastness and confidence in helping me with a wrongful death case. If it had not been for the help of John Cooper, I might have given up because of the difficulties surrounding my sister's loss of life. I was extremely happy with the outcome and the patience and endurance which John showed in overcoming all of the obstacles. John's assistants, especially Kelly, were outstanding and often reassured me by saying "Don't worry," that they had everything under control. I will definitely recommend everyone I know to them for a personal injury case.
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Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2011
Car Accident Injury Client
John treated me with respect. I would hire him again. I suffered an injury from a car accident. A personal friend referred me to accident attorney John Cooper. I was impressed by how thorough John was and he always called me back. John was very nice and treated me with respect. I was pleased with the outcome of the case and would hire John again if I ever need an injury lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 21, 2011
Trusted for Personal Touch After Crash With Drunk Driver
When my son and I were hit by a drunk driver, I hired John Cooper instead of using my company's prepaid legal service because I knew John had extensive experience with injury cases. I was glad I made the decision because John treated us like family throughout the whole case and I never had to worry about his support. He made sure I got the best treatment for my lower back injuries before we settled with the insurance company. I was very satisfied with the process and outcome of my case, and I would definitely contact John if I ever needed another personal injury lawyer.
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Posted by Larry | February 8, 2011
Impressed with John’s Persistence
I hired John Cooper to handle a personal injury case when I got hit from behind and injured my elbow. John had represented my wife in an earlier car accident case and had gotten hera good result. I was impressed with John’s persistence when that he advised me to reject the paltry sum offered by the insurance company who refused to handle the case fairly. Once we filed suit, they got serious and offered a reasonable sum and the case got settled to my satisfaction. I was very pleased with the way I was treated by John and his staff and would return to them if I ever needed a car accident lawyer again.
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Posted by Kevin | June 4, 2010
John Looked Out for My Best Interests
I was really happy with the work that John Cooper did on my auto accident case. We went to mediation and got the case resolved for a good amount which will let me do things to help my financial future like buying a house. During the entire process John kept me and my family informed about what to expect and what I needed to do. I am really glad not to have to go to trial and think that the reason we got such a good outcome was in part because of my lawyer's hard work in getting ready for mediation and forcing the insurance company to be fair. The way I selected John Cooper as my injury lawyer was that my Dad who used to work for the railroad knew him and his firm. In fact, my Dad had recommended various people to that law firm including some very severe accident cases. When the lady ran into my work truck not far from our home in Hanover County, Virginia, my mother and father were there at the scene and saw me all banged up and unconscious. I ended up spending 5 days in the hospital and had to use a walker and crutches to get around because of broken bones in my hip and back for several months. One thing that I liked is that the attorney spent enough time with me and my family talking about the injury and making sure that I knew my legal options. There were a lot of different issues that the lawyer knew how to manage having to do with the underinsured motorists coverage, worker's compensation insurance, and dealing with paying the big medical bills that I had from the hospital and the doctors. I really felt like John Cooper was looking out for my best interests in the lawsuit.
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Posted by B.J. | April 26, 2010
He's Not Just My Lawyer, He's My Friend
I used John Cooper as an attorney in the past six months. He handled a wrongful death/truck accident case. I had previously worked with one to two lawyers. I was very happy that John Cooper handled this wrongful death case for my son, whose father was killed in a truck accident. John really took the time to listen to me and what I was concerned about. By the end of the case, I really felt like he was, not only my trusted lawyer, but also my friend. I was recommended to John by another attorney that my husband knew. That attorney said that John Cooper was the lawyer to hire for any big, important injury case. I felt that John and his office let me know at each step of the case, what was going on with the lawsuit. He made sure that everything went smoothly in dealing with the insurance company and the other lawyers. John made me feel like mine was the only case he was working on, though I know he is very busy with lots of cases. I knew what amount of money I thought was fair going into the mediation. I was happy when John was able to get my son, not only the amount of money that I was looking for, but even more. Even after the case was settled, I continued to hear from John and he seemed to take a genuine interest in trying to help me and my son.
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Posted by Larry and Ann | February 25, 2010
I highly recommend John Cooper and would use his services again.
John helped us in a case involving a railroad injury and we were very satisfied with the results. John was prompt, coureous, and very professional. The entire team at Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton was very nice and helped us a lot. We would use John's legal services again in a heartbeat and would recommend him to others.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-45%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
  • 2011 - Present
  • Partner
  • Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis, & Appleton
  • 1997 - 2011

Education

  • University of Virginia
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1988
  • University of California - Berkeley
  • Bachelors
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • $400,000 Settlement in Moped Accident
  • $400,000 Settlement
  • $6,500,000.00 Recovery for a Single Car Accident Victim
  • $3.5 Million Settlement for Truck Accident Wrongful Death Case
  • $3.5 Million
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Associations

  • Ohef Shalom
  • President of Executive Committee
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Patron
  • 2021 - Present
  • Leaders Forum
  • Member
  • 2020 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • District Governor
  • 2011 - Present
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Co-Chair of Litigation Support Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Super Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Primerus International Society of Law Firms
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Transportation Communications International Union
  • Legal Counsel
  • N/A
  • Virginia Beach Injury Board
  • Editor
  • N/A
  • Railroad Law Section of the AAJ
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Awards

  • Top Lawyers of Coastal Virginia
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2022
  • Lawyers of Distinction - Personal Injury Law
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Virginia Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Top Lawyer of Coastal Virginia
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer of Coastal Virginia
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2020
  • Top Lawyer
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine
  • 2019
  • Leader in the Law
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly
  • 2019
  • The National Trial Lawyers - Top 100
  • The Trial Lawyer
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • “Best Of” Readers’ Choice Awards
  • The Virginian-Pilot
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2011
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Book
  • The Traumatic Brain Injury Toolkit: Everything a Client Needs to Know After Suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury
  • 2021
  • Book
  • The Best Book About Virginia Car Accidents & Injuries - Fourth Edition
  • 2019
  • Book
  • The Best Book About Virginia Car Accidents & Injuries
  • 2013
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Handling a Personal Injury Case: Phone Call to Verdict
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases
  • 2007
  • National Business Institute
  • Effectively Using Medical Evidence in Court
  • 2006
  • Virginia CLE
  • A Primer on Federal Employers' Liability Act and Railroad Injury Cases
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • Personal Injury Practice From the Plaintiff’s and Defense’s Perspective
  • Personal Injury Law
  • 2019
  • 2019 May Tort Law Seminar
  • Tort Law
  • 2019
  • Virginia Beach Bar Association
  • Handling a Personal Injury Case: Phone Call to Verdict
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • Handling the Auto Injury Claim
  • 2009
  • Annual Convention
  • AAJ Railroad Law Section: Education Program Planner and Moderator
  • 2009
  • National Business Institute
  • How to Successfully Resolve Automobile Injury Cases
  • 2007
  • VTLA
  • Motions In Limine and Jury Voir Dire in Injury Cases
  • 2006
  • National Business Institute
  • Effectively Using Medical Evidence in Court
  • 2006
  • Virginia CLE
  • A Primer on Federal Employers' Liability Act and Railroad Injury Cases
  • 2003
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Medical Negligence Law
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (17)
Brain injury Attorney | Jul 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Brain injury Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Brain injury Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trucking accident Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Brain injury Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It is my pleasure to recommend John as personal injury lawyer. I have known John for over 25 years and he is an accomplished trial lawyer who diligently prepares each case to obtain the best possible result. I have had the pleasure of trying a number of personal injury cases with John and his trial skills are truly outstanding. John is a strong advocate for his clients he has assembled a solid team at Cooper Hurley. Keep up the good work John!"
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I first met John years ago when I was defending a large Fortune 500 corporation in a personal injury lawsuit John brought on behalf of his client. John was professional and extremely knowledgeable about the specific intricacies of our particular case. John is well respected in the personal injury community and I recommend him without hesitation."
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer highly. He is one of the preeminent personal injury lawyers in Hampton Roads. He wins difficult cases, and consistently exceeds expectations."
Car accident Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an active member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and is dedicated to promoting professionalism within the trial bar and protecting the liberties, rights, and benefits of an efficient and constitutionally sound judicial system."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse John. He is a brilliant, hard-working attorney who understands the importance of putting the client first. I was always impressed by John's tireless devotion to his clients. He is definitely one of the top trial attorneys in Hampton Roads."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"John is a top notch personal injury attorney and very well respected by his peers."
Personal injury Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Trucking accident Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Brilliant, caring, helpful, knowledgeable."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known John for more than 20 years. He is hard working, skillful and determined in all of the cases that he handles. I refer all clients who come to me with personal injury cases to John because of the confidence that I have in him. Mary G. Commander Norfolk, VA"
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. As a lawyer who does not handle personal injury, when I need a personal injury lawyer, this is the attorney I call."
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