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Emily K. Cooper

Family Attorney at Minneapolis, MN

4.0   16 reviews
  • State Years
    Minnesota - MN 23 years
    Michigan - MI 26 years
    Ohio - OH 27 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MN
    Acquired 2000
    Authorized to Practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State MI
    Acquired 1997
    Voluntary Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1996
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Emily

Learn Emily’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    I represent people in all areas of family law practice. I have experience in divorce, child custody, parenting time, paternity and third-party custody cases. My experience includes settlement of cases, arguing motions and going to trial. I am able to handle simple and very complex family law cases.

    28 years

  2. Social Security & Disability
    As a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR), I provide representation to people in social security claims at all levels from the initial application to the administrative hearing.

    14 years

I offer experienced family law representation with sliding scale rates for clients of modest means. My law firm focuses on family law, social security and victims' rights matters.


Cooper Law, LLC
825 Nicollet Mall
Suite 925
Minneapolis, MN, 55402-2100

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  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Johanna | June 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
5 stars
Emily Cooper was very knowledgeable and helpful with the case to retain custody of my son. I have an intellectual disability and she was very, very patient with me as she explained what I needed to do and to provide in order to appear in court. I will go to her firm again if the need arises.
Posted by Cathy | June 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer - Highly recommend
Emily not only provided me with excellent legal representation from start to finish; she also was instrumental with helping me find my voice and confidence following a difficult divorce. When I hired Emily, she was open and honest about her approach, delivered the facts, fought hard for me, was patient with me and helped me to understand my rights. She took time to answer my questions and settle my fears. A courtroom can be intimidating and with her by my side, I always felt I was in good hands. Her representation made all the difference for the end result where we "won" a long battle. She was also conscious of fees and never over-charged. It has been a couple years since winning our case and I will forever be grateful to her for not only her hard work and professionalism, but also for her humanity. She treated me with such patience, dignity and respect, never talking down to me. I never felt like just a "case". I would recommend Emily to anyone in need of legal representation. She knows her stuff, cares about her clients, is professional yet human, is tough, fact-based and will fight for what is right. Because of Emily, I feel a renewed sense of hope and faith that with persistence and patience, the right people come along who will stand by and with you for what is right and just.
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Posted by Ray | June 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily asked me to write a review on her website. I did but I’m doing it here again too. A little about myself. I’m a type A, workaholic person. I don’t believe in leaving your job until the job is done. I’m sure Emily got tired of my endless questions and frustration at the legal system. But her and her associate worked with me. My ex just kept coming at, and this time she lost. I would try and try to talk with her about unaccompanied minor status, and it was always no or some other time. We finally took her back to court when mediation was not going to work. Not only did we get unaccompanied minor, but the entire summer. Remember guys, the victory is always worth the struggle. I’ve learned immediate results do not constitute poor work ethic. Emily and Whitney are amazing. I will keep paying Emily because my ex will never leave me alone. Hire these two, they know how to win.
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Posted by anonymous | January 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My second review
I hired Emily two years ago in an effort to lower my child support. Since that time she has kept the child support at a moderate level and kept my ex wife at an arms reach while another legal matter is being taken care of to better provide for my child. Emily is a fantastic attorney that continues to fight for the little guy in a court system that is not always on the fathers side. Thank you do much for helping me and my little girl out while at times I might not have always been the easiest client to work with.
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Posted by Tony | November 5, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Bench Decision In Favor
Best Lawyer And Amazing Awesome Staff. * First , If I May , ... Will Recommend Cooper Law " Emily " Regarding Social Security. And * Secondly , Search No More. Always With Heartening Kindness. Phone Conversations Were Communicated With Understanding. My Experience Over The Phone Was Never In Doubt Or Felt Unworthy ..In fact I Gain More Confident Moving Foward , Crystal And Other Staff Assisted Me When I Had Questions , They Were Always At Best My S.S. Case Nearly Was In Shambles At A Very Difficult Time , Battling Cancer With A Tumor And Yet Having To Live With A Tumor. ..... Emily Took The Time , To Listen. She More less Allowed Me To Vent Out Of Frustrations Rather Understanding All The Technical Terms And Procedures As She Continued To Explain. My Hearing Went Before A Law Judge And I'm Astonished When The Judge Made A Bench Decision, Due To A Previous Hearing Where Another Representative Failed To Do So In The First Go Around. I'm Glad I Connected With Emily Cooper And Her Team , She Is A Outstanding Lawyer ,Upholds A Victorious Smile Along With A Warm Kindly Handshake
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Posted by Cassondra | July 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily is the Best of the Best!
I hired Emily after being served court papers from my child's father who hadn't been around in 6 years and all of a sudden wanted joint custody. Emily listened while I explained my situation to her, she then took matters into her own hands and made this horrible process seem so simple. I did nothing, but followed her directions ( be polite and document everything ). With all of Emily's help I won that battle and he was not granted joint custody & he was order to pay child support as well and that's not why we initially went to court. Emily is GREAT at what she does and without her I'm not sure how that situation would've turned out. Anytime anyone asks me if I know a good attorney I always refer them to her. I'd hire her again without a doubt!
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Posted by Summer | February 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best
Emily Cooper and her staff are the best. Very affordable and willing to take payments. Explained everything along the way and very kind. I am so thankful for their help.
Posted by Amy | October 13, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, I'm very happy I hired her.
Emily Cooper represented me in a post divorce custody case issue. She was helpful, knowledgable, reliable, and knew how to navigate through the legal system. (And we won!) I will turn to her again in the future if needs arise and would gladly an openly recommend her services to others in the future.
Posted by Lebie | September 1, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I gave Emily 5 stars
I recommend Emily to anyone who ask me if I know a good lawyer, she helped me with my divorce and She did a great awesome job. I thank God for putting her in my life to help me with my painful Divorce. She does everything so professionally and I believe she a honest person when it comes about helping you with any advices.
Posted by redsithlord539 | May 19, 2015
Great Lawyer
This is a great lawyer. My ex wife had somehow gotten my child support raised to $1000 a month. My first lawyer, which I will be writing a review on him shortly, did nothing but cost me $10000. Emily not only got my child support dropped in half, but got 90% of arrearers dropped. Great lawyer and will continue to pay her to create a war chest as my ex will never go away. Hire her. She is worth it.
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Posted by Derek | January 17, 2014
I would recommend Emily to my closest friends and family. I spent over $20,000 with another attorney to try to resolve my custody issue. Emily took time to get up to speed on my case and it was resolved shortly after I hired her with my terms. She was always organized, never made a mistake and had everything in order for court. Thank you Emily.
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Posted by Christopher | November 18, 2010
Initial Interview and ongoing work on my brother's SSD appeal
Ms. Cooper is very knowledgeable and experienced in the Social Security Disability appeals process and was able to explain the essential aspects of the process to my brother and myself in a very clear and succinct manner. She was very easy to talk to and answered all of our questions. Her relaxed, confident demeanor was very reassuring and heartening. She was accommodating and generous with her time, provided us with excellent guidance and seemed to genuinely want to be helpful. Since our initial meeting, Ms. Cooper has been very responsive to calls and emails and I am confident that she will work hard to support us in my brother’s SSD appeal.
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Couldn’t even make it to pre-screen
I was looking for SSA representation and everything went great until trying to find a time for my pre-screening. From the way she communicates, it seems she doesn’t understand that disabled people can also be extremely busy. Only contacting people only on Sundays, without even asking about available time frames is not the way to go. Not only did I tell her two different time frames to contact me (and she didn’t), but then I also applied to five other places over five days and scheduled pre-screenings with three of them, in the week that it took me to even hear from her about POSSIBLY scheduling a time for pre-screening. Even people who had to turn me away were much better at committing and gave me referrals to other agencies. She is not worth your time.
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Response from Emily Cooper December 5, 2023
We have pre-screen interviews all week, including some weekends. We just happened to be trying to do work on a weekend to try and reach out to people who sometimes are not available during the week or were on our list of people we needed to touch base with. I don't think I have ever heard anyone be dissatisfied because we were willing to work on weekends and do extra work above and beyond what most firms will do! If Sunday did not work, just respond with - I need a different day! We offer sliding scale fee and affordable full representation for family law matters in Minnesota and we provide representation for people in social security disability matters. We try to meet our clients where they are by offering communication by phone, in-person, mail and text. We also try to offer times outside the normal hours for services because we know not every one can fit into the 9-5, Monday-Friday mold. If something does not work for you, just let us know and we will do what we can to make it work!
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Emily took on my case at the tail end of my first application for the final in-person appeal hearing, which was basically a shoe-in fee for her had I been awarded. When I was denied, Emily refused to help me reapply until I jumped through certain weird medical hoops to satisfy her. This system which I was struggling to navigate and meet all the demands, made my health even worse and drove me into poverty. Failure to secure a decent medical team and lawyer to assist me on the front end caused me to lose necessary credits for SSDI eligibility. I did not continue with Emily. Another attorney (SC) took my case upon referral from one of my doctors, and SC helped me reapply right away so as not to waste more time. I was awarded SSI with another attorney’s help after *7 years* of struggling. SC my new attorney explained what was wrong about the application I submitted UP FRONT and that was very helpful, guided me to answer the loaded questions on the application. Apparently when SSA asks about hobbies, they mean “what are you engaging in now” not what you are interested in and what have you enjoyed in the past. Also one of my doctors prescribed a medicine to me that was destroying my health, he was pressuring me to continue, he refused to listen to me and he wrote some things in the medical record that were extremely unbecoming that the SSA judges pulled out as apart of their denial letter. Emily talked up my case to my face, gave me hope, (presumably to get me as a client bc under SSDI I stood to gain quite a lot in back pay) — and then criticized and spoke patronizingly to me after the loss. I didn’t need to do anything special for SC, my new attorney. SC just helped me. Like Emily could have but chose not to. Avoid Emily.
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Response from Emily Cooper April 19, 2023
Since this was posted by an anonymous person, I am unable to determine if I actually had anything to do with the claim referenced. However, from reading, it appears this person is upset because he/she came to my office with a claim that had already been filed and was at the hearing level. This claim was ultimately denied at hearing due to information submitted prior to my office representing the person. After the hearing loss, my office declined to continue representing this poster. The person then appears to have made some changes in medical treatment, found someone else to file a new claim and was awarded. It's good to hear that he/she was able to get needed benefits eventually but it does not appear that me or my firm did anything wrong. In general, my office has a contract with the State of Minnesota and we work primarily with people who are on public assistance or are homeless. If someone falls within the contract, we do not charge anything for our services - basically we represent the person pro bono. We do not get any of a person's back pay if they qualify under the contract so the allegations that we somehow wanted back pay have no merit because my office does not get any back pay for most of our clients. We are paid from separate funds from the State of Minnesota per the contract. In addition, we do not solicit people to become our clients or tell them they have a good claim in order to have them become our client so any statement that we told someone they have a good claim so they would work with us is inaccurate. Most of our clients are referrals from other agencies or social workers that are looking to have their clients get assistance under our contract with the State of Minnesota. If someone comes to the firm and is already at the hearing level, this means they have had two denials and the claim already has a lot of medical evidence and other information in it that we cannot change because it was submitted before we took over the claim. Therefore, our job is to try to do the best we can with whatever is handed to us. Unfortunately, it sounds from the description that prior to our taking on the claim, as stated by the poster, there was already some negative evidence submitted in the claim that led to a denial at a hearing. We likely told his person about the negative evidence that caused the denial which resulted in this person feeling like we were criticizing or patronizing him/her. We apologize if the discussion after the hearing made him/her feel that way. However, we try to be honest with our clients so that they know what they need to do to be successful in a claim and to understand the weaknesses in a claim. It is our duty as representatives to assure our clients understand the good and bad news about his/her claim and sometime people have a difficult time processing negative information. Some claims that are denied at a hearing can be improved after the hearing and can possibly support starting over and filing another claim. Reasons why those claims can win after re-filing a new claim vary but mostly are because the person is older (people over 50 have a less difficult time getting approved for benefits) or the person has obtained new medical treatment or a new diagnosis. We typically will not re-file with someone who was difficult to work with or who was unable to be contacted or who has weak medical evidence. Otherwise, we may offer to re-file a new claim for a client after a hearing denial. It appears we did not want to re-file a new claim with this poster for reasons that I am not sure of and could not disclose anyway due to privacy reasons. However, if this poster moved on and made significant changes in medical treatment or got older or found a representative that was a better fit for him/her, that is great and likely led to an approval of needed benefits. Congratulations on getting approved for benefits. We hope this helps you to be able to get your needs met.
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Posted by Teddy | January 26, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Unprofessional and lackadaisical, unless collecting legal fees.
I’d like to state up front that I was happy with the result in my case. My divorce only dealt with financial issues — it was a short-term marriage and my ex settled for a considerable sum, so I am not a disgruntled former client who lost custody or had to pay money, etc. That said, my experience with Ms. Cooper was not good. I found her to be quite unprofessional — she took weeks (yes weeks) to respond to a voice-mail or email or didn’t answer at all. I kept my questions to a minimum in order to keep fees down so she would be hard pressed to claim I was one of those clients who pestered her constantly with questions. I very rarely received any proactive communication, including status updates, which forced me to chase down information and made me feel disconnected from the process. I was a sliding-scale fee client and definitely felt like my case was always on the back burner. It took her 9 MONTHS to draft and file a QDRO so that I could get my settlement money. When I asked about the delay, she blamed it on the opposing attorney. When I asked more details about that and how it affected my fees, I was completely ignored. Like other reviewers have mentioned, she is more diligent about collecting her fees than handling her cases. I paid her a monthly fee for well over a year and was on time every month except for one month I needed one extra day until payday. Ms. Cooper threatened to withdraw from my case. Then at the end, after I thought I was paid up, she sent (via email) a final bill that I didn’t see. Without a follow-up to inquire/remind me about the bill, I received an email threatening to sue me for $84 plus court costs and legal fees. I felt like this was a totally inappropriate way to handle it. I absolutely would not recommend Cooper Law.
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Response from Emily Cooper March 21, 2019
It is unfortunate that you would write this review after the incredible result in your case and the professional work we did for you. There is one thing we agree on - the result reached in your case was amazing! In my opinion, the rest of your comments are not an accurate representation of what happened in your case or how your matter was handled. I have reached out to discuss this matter with you and am open to discussing it. I truly do not wish to have someone I considered a great client going away with negative feelings. Please feel free to call me at anytime to hopefully clear up this misunderstanding so that you can have a positive outcome and opinion after we had such a great result in your case. Emily 612-568-4529
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Posted by anonymous | March 24, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
THERE ARE MUCH BETTER Attorneys for free (pro bono) of same fee or less. Here is my STRONG opinion and break dn. 1. She charges per your income, (u get less than what u paid for. 2 She speaks a good game to hook u 3. she seemed to side with the attorney for the other party's attn. way more than mine. I thought my attn. was the enemy. She doesn't do what you ask for you own case, TOTALLY UNPREPARED to DEFEND, she was looking more to me for answers, AT the trial. HOW does a "MAN" loose his custody w/o primia facia or "just cause" this was a bad bad terrible defense. But when it was time to pay, she was on it. I do NOT recommend this attn:
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Response from Emily Cooper March 21, 2019
It is unfortunate that this former client has such a negative review. We must work with what we are given and our firm did our best to provide this client with guidance and counsel to repair the damage already done to the best of our ability. We have learned a lot from this experience. Emily Cooper Cooper Law
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  • Hourly Rates $ 75-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Cooper Law, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • William Mitchell College of Law
  • 2010 - 2015
  • Staff Attorney
  • Central Minnesota Legal Services
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Executive Director
  • Minnesota Volunteer Attorney Program
  • 2004 - 2007
  • In-House Counsel
  • Dana Corporation
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Attorney
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
  • 1996 - 2001
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  • University of Minnesota Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor- Juris Doctor
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Name Withheld
  • Judgment in favor of my client in amount of $110,000
  • Name Withheld
  • Court decision in favor of my client after 2-day trial
  • Name withheld - HRO Defense
  • Dismissal of HROs against client


  • Minnesota State Bar Association Social Security Section
  • Officer
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Anoka County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, Domestic Abuse Committee
  • Chair
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Hennepin County Attorney Conservatorship/Guardianship Panel
  • Member
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Minnesota State Bar Association - Social Security Section
  • Treasurer
  • 2011 - 2013
  • MN Supreme Court Committee for Equality and Justice
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 20 Under 40 Award
  • Toledo, Ohio Community Award
  • 2001


  • Health News
  • An Alternative to GAMC: Advocacy Program Offers Help With Social Security Disability Application
  • 2010

Speaking Engagements

  • Minnesota Guardian Ad Litem Statewide Conference
  • Guardian Ad Litems: The Legal Perspective
  • 2013
  • Using LinkedIn to Market Your Firm and Win Your Family Law Cases
  • Social Media
  • 2010
  • Using Facebook to Market Your Firm and Win Your Family Law Cases
  • Social Media
  • 2010
  • Social Media for Attorneys Seminars
  • Social Media Marketing
  • 2010
  • Litigaton 101 for Paralegals
  • Civil and Family Law Litigation
  • 2010
  • 2009 Family Law Institute
  • Social Networking for Family Law Attorneys
  • 2010
  • 2008 Family Law Institute
  • Low-Cost Litigation for Family Law Attorneys
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

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Family Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Emily is an outstanding lawyer with years of experience representing clients dealing with personal crises."
Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Cooper is a highly experienced and dedicated family law attorney. Her extensive experience from in the courtroom serves her clients wel!"
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Minneapolis Family Lawyer Emily K. Cooper
Emily K. Cooper
Family Attorney
Minneapolis, MN
Licensed for 27 years