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Frederick L. Cooper IV

Partner

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.   While 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 twelve year legal career. Derick focuses on the defense of catastrophic tort, transportation, premises liability and product liability cases. 

Education

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

Representative Experience

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.

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.

Professional & Community Activities

American Bar Association

Atlanta Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Events & Speaking Engagements

"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.