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Roger Cooper

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Roger Cooper

Roger Cooper is a partner with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP based in the New York office.

Mr. Cooper’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on disputes arising out of securities, M&A and derivative transactions, as well as on corporate governance issues.

Mr. Cooper has been recognized by The Legal 500 U.S. for his litigation practice.

Mr. Cooper is also very active in the firm’s pro bono practice. He has represented the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation in litigation. He also recently obtained a favorable settlement on behalf of more than 20 workers at a Long Island, New York restaurant in a wage and hour dispute.

Mr. Cooper's recent publications include: "Rebutting the Presumption of Reliance in Securities Class Actions," New York Law Journal: Complex Litigation (June 10, 2013), co-authored with Matthew M. Bunda and Anthony M. Shults; “First Department Limits Securities Fraud Holder Claims,” New York Law Journal Litigation (February 28, 2011), co-authored with Matthew M. Bunda; “The Primacy of Standing in Mortgage-Backed Securities Class Actions,” U.S. Law Week (Vol. 78, No. 42, May 11, 2010), co-authored with Mitchell A. Lowenthal; “Broad Ruling in Enron Bankruptcy Appeal Restores Certainty to ‘Settlement Payment’ Safe Harbor,” Derivatives (Vol. 16, Issue 11, April 12, 2010), co-authored with Avram E. Luft; and “The Continuing Saga of Westar Energy v. Lake: Advancement of Reasonable Legal Fees in Federal District Court,” White Collar Crime (Vol. 23, Issue 3, Dec. 2008), co-authored with Lewis J. Liman. Mr. Cooper is also the co-author of a chapter on Derivatives Litigation in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts (ed. Robert L. Haig, 2011) (co-authored with Thomas J. Moloney and Carmine D. Boccuzzi).

Mr. Cooper joined the firm in 2003 and became a partner in 2011. He received a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 2002, where he was Essay and Review Editor of the Columbia Law Review. He received a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Duke University in 1999, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1991. From 2002-2003, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable B. Avant Edenfield of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia.

Mr. Cooper is a member of the Bar of New York and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits. He is currently a member of the Committee on Securities Litigation of the Bar Association of the City of New York, and a member of the Board of The Fund for Modern Courts.