Bennett E. Cooper’s practice most frequently involves him in representing insurers as to coverage and bad faith; defending lawyers, accountants, and physicians against professional liability; limiting punitive damages and upholding statutory damages caps; and defending utilities, publishers, retailers, and a broad range of other taxpayers against federal, state, and local taxing authorities. He also advises and litigates on behalf of public pension plans, and prosecutes and defends intellectual property matters, e-commerce disputes, and other complex civil and constitutional litigation.
Ben Cooper advocates for clients in high-stakes appeals and writ proceedings in the US Supreme Court, federal circuit courts, and state supreme and intermediate appellate courts from coast to coast.
In the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which includes nine western states, he is the author of Thomson Reuters’ 1800-page treatise Federal Appellate Practice: Ninth Circuit, and served as the court-appointed chair of the Appellate Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
In addition to appellate advocacy, Ben works closely with trial counsel, taking the lead on or assisting with preservation of error, dispositive motions, class action certification, motions in limine, jury instructions, and post-trial motions. He is the lead author of Thomson Reuters’ Arizona Trial Handbook, and the longest-serving member of the State Bar of Arizona Civil Jury Instructions Committee.
- American Bar Association
- Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies
- National Association of State Retirement Administrators
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1986, cum laude; Executive Editor, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy; President, Harvard Society for Law & Public Policy; Winner, Ames Moot Court Competition
- A.B., Harvard University, 1983, magna cum laude, Government
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