Frederick "Derick" Cooper IV
3344 Peachtree Road, NESuite 2400Atlanta, GA 30326
T: 404.832.9564F: 404.875.9433
Utilizing hard work and creative techniques, Derick Cooper obtains the best possible results for his clients that are confronted with catastrophic injury and wrongful death lawsuits. As a member of the State Bars of Georgia and Florida, Derick has a national practice and has litigated and tried high exposure cases throughout the United States over his sixteen year legal career. Derick focuses on the defense of catastrophic tort, transportation, premises liability and product liability cases.
Derick has been recognized for his litigation skills, strategy development and business acumen by Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers® (Rising Star), and was one of 20 lawyers in Georgia, under the age of 40, named to ALM Daily Report's "On the Rise" list in 2021.
University of Georgia, B.B.A.,
magna cum laude, 2004
Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 2007
Wake Forest Law Review
Bar & Court Admissions
- State Bar of Georgia
- The Florida Bar
- Georgia Court of Appeals
- Georgia Supreme Court
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
Obtained jury trial defense verdict in a wrongful death case involving a trucking accident and a child fatality.
Obtained jury trial defense verdict in premises liability action where plaintiff’s pre-trial demand was $1.7 million.
Obtained bench trial defense verdict in favor of an apartment complex in a premises liability case where plaintiff was seeking damages in excess of $950,000.
Trial counsel for national insurance providers, handling defense of catastrophic injury and wrongful death tort cases.
Outside trial counsel for corporations with international transportation operations and regional/national trucking companies, handling defense of catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims arising from tractor-trailer accidents.
Outside trial counsel for roadway construction company, handling defense of catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims.
Outside trial counsel for regional and national hotel chains, handling defense of premises liability claims.
Outside trial counsel for national retailers, handling defense of premises liability claims.
Outside trial counsel for transportation equipment manufacturer, handling defense of product liability claims.
Outside trial counsel for aerial device, aerial lift and crane manufacturer, handling defense of product liability claims.
Outside trial counsel for commercial flooring manufacturer, handling defense of product liability claims.
Outside trial counsel for fraternal organizations, handling defense of negligent and intentional tort claims against local chapters and national fraternal organizations.
Awards & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America®, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2023 - 2024
Super Lawyers Magazine, Georgia Rising Stars List, Personal Injury Defense: General
ALM Daily Report, Georgia Legal Awards, On the Rise, 2021
Professional & Community Activities
American Bar Association
Atlanta Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Lawyers Club of Atlanta
News & Publications
- 8 Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Attorneys Recognized Among Ones to WatchThe Best Lawyers in America® 2024 Edition, August 17, 2023
- 4 Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Attorneys Recognized Among Ones to WatchThe Best Lawyers in America 2023 Edition, August 18, 2022
- Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Attorneys Selected to 2022 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List
- Modern Restaurant Management
- Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial Attorneys Selected to 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars List
- February 7, 2017
Events & Speaking Engagements
- August 18, 2017
"Getting Back to Work: Post COVID", presentation, Association of Corporate Counsel, Georgia Chapter, Atlanta, GA, July 28, 2021.
"Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation: Update and Insights on Trends, Damages, Exposure and Strategy," presentation, Atlanta CPCU, Atlanta, GA, August 18, 2017.
"Top Ten Product Liability Litigation Pitfalls," presentation, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Chicago, IL, April 21, 2016.