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John Cooper

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
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John Cooper
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

John M. Cooper is one of the founding partners at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers and a veteran of Virginia personal injury law practice. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach by parents who practiced law. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1988, John returned home to work for a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Norfolk Division, which launched his passion for and career in personal injury law.

For over 30 years, John has worked closely with injured victims and their families and knows the long-term and devastating consequences that auto accidents, railroad accidents, traumatic brain injuries, and wrongful deaths can have. John also understands that catastrophic cases are complex and require extensive time, skill, and resources to properly litigate in court. This knowledge and experience has helped him to become a highly effective, results-oriented litigation attorney who has won millions and millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.

In 2020, John and his team obtained the largest reported recovery in Virginia that year, $6,500,000, for a single car accident plaintiff who become quadriplegic after his accident. John’s other recent results include a $5,800,000 settlement for a traumatic brain injury victim and a $4,725,000 settlement for an auto accident victim who suffered vision impairment and multiple fractures.

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2001
  • West Virginia, 2002


  • Elected in 2011, 2012 and 2013 to Chair the FELA Litigation Group of the
  • American Association for Justice (the largest plaintiffs’ attorney organization in the United States)
  • Listed among VA “Super Lawyers” for personal injury law 2010-2013, 2015-2021 (only 5% of lawyers get this listing)
  • 2019-2022 Top Lawyer by Coastal Virginia Magazine and CoVaBIZ
  • Elected in 2010 and re-elected again every year through 2014 as a District Governor from the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association’s Board of Governors
  • AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® : attorney reputation assessment system, showing the highest level of skill and ethics
  • Member since 2011 in the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Roundtable
  • Ranked 10 of 10 (“Superb”) by AVVO, a national lawyer assessment service
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 list, 2019 – 2021
  • Selected as one of the Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Leaders in the Law” for 2019
  • AAJ Leaders Forum | The American Association For Justice, Patron
  • Recognized by Lawyers of Distinction for work in Personal Injury Law, 2021


  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1985

Professional Associations

  • Virginia Beach and Norfolk-Portsmouth Bar Associations
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Brain Injury Association of Virginia

Practice Areas

Accidents, Automobile Accidents, Automobile Negligence, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Bodily Injury, Brain Injury, Bus Accidents, Catastrophic Injury, Construction Accidents, Dog Bites, Head Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian Injuries, School Bus Accidents, Severe Burns, Slip and Fall, Spinal Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Truck Accidents, Unintended Acceleration, Whiplash, Medical Malpractice, Failure to Diagnose, Medical Negligence, Medication Errors, Wrong Site Surgery, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Hit and Run

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