About Lance

Lance is the founding partner of The Cooper Firm and represents clients in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He specializes in product liability cases involving automobile design and manufacturing defects. Lance has been lead counsel for plaintiffs in a large number of jury trials, including trials against General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Kia, Chrysler, Honda, as well as other motor vehicle manufacturers. He has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases, has received numerous multi-million-dollar jury verdicts and settlements, and has been involved with the opening of Beasley Allen Law Firm’s new office in Atlanta.

Notable Cases

Lance has successfully prosecuted hundreds of cases and has received numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements. His 2014 wrongful death case against General Motors (Melton v. GM, 14A 1197-4) exposed the cover-up of faulty ignition switches resulting in millions of recalled vehicles.

Professional Affiliations

A member of the State Bar of Georgia and the State Bar of California, Lance Cooper is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association. Lance served as the president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association from 2002 to 2003 and is a past president of the Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association.

Education

Lance received his law degree in 1989 from Emory University, where he was a G. Joseph Tauro Scholar and editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985.

Community Involvement

In addition to his law practice, Lance is actively engaged in numerous community and charitable activities. He and his wife, Sonja, are the proud parents of five children, Rachel, Rebekah, Michelle, Asa and Aaron.


No Accident: Inside GM’s deadly ignition switch...

Marietta attorney Lance Cooper was looking for answers behind a single crash. What he found led to a...
Lance Cooper speaking about Melton v GM

2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist – Melton...

Cooper showed that GM had known about the deadly ignition defect before the accident, exposing a...
Melton family with attorneys Lance Cooper and Jere Beasley

Melton case settles after exposing GM defective...

Lawyers representing Ken and Beth Melton, whose claims against General Motors for the death of their...
Lance Cooper

Lance Cooper, who uncovered GM ignition switch defect,...

Georgia attorney Lance Cooper, who uncovered the General Motors (GM) ignition switch defect, has been...
Melton family with Jere Beasley and Lance Cooper

GM loses bid to dismiss Melton wrongful death and...

On Saturday, Judge Kathryn Tanksley denied GM’s motion to dismiss the wrongful death and fraud lawsuit...
GM Recalls over 1 million vehicles due to faulty ignition switch

GM estimate for victim compensation fund related to...

General Motors (GM) tells shareholders its estimated cost for the victims compensation plan for ignition...
GM Ignition Recall

Critical GM ignition switch case moved back to state...

Despite an attempt by General Motors (GM) to move the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Melton family...

Jere Beasley and Lance Cooper react to GM general...

After congressional hearings, Beasley Allen founding shareholder Jere L. Beasley says he is "more...
Kenneth Feinberg

After face-to-face meeting with Feinberg, Beasley...

After face-to-face meeting with GM Victims Compensation Fund administrator Kenneth Feinberg, Beasley...

Beasley Allen filing wrongful death lawsuit related to...

Wrongful death lawsuit to be filed on behalf of the family of Daniel Hollaert, Jr., who died after...
GM Ignition Recall

GM stalling tactic is a move to force victims to give...

The General Motors (GM) attempt to move the Melton case to federal court has one purpose, to minimize...
GM Recall

How many more defective GM cars are still on the road?

Despite repeated assurances its defective ignition switch problem had been fully addressed, this week...
GM Ignition Recall

Beasley Allen, Cooper Firm react to GM evaluation of...

GM CEO Mary Barra blamed ignition switch failure and recall delay linked to serious injuries and deaths...
GM Ignition Recall

GM fine of $35 million for failure to timely disclose...

Today’s announcement by the government that General Motors (GM) will pay a fine of $35 million for its...

Education

  • Emory University School of Law, J.D. 1989
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A. 1985

Admissions

  • California
  • Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Memberships

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • State Bar of California
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Georgia Trial Lawyers Association
  • Cobb County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Cobb County Bar Association

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