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Mr. Cooper is a partner at the Harrisburg-based personal injury law firm of Schmidt Kramer P.C. where he specializes in personal injury law with an emphasis on motor vehicle accident and insurance cases. An active member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice (PAJ), Mr. Cooper served as its 2012-13 President. He is also chairman of its Legislative Policy Committee and has served on both the Executive Committee and Board of Governors. He is also the Treasurer of LAWPAC, the Association’s PAC. Mr. Cooper has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating.

In November 2014, Mr. Cooper was appointed by then-Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Wolf to act as a co-chair for the transition team committee overseeing the Department of the Commonwealth/State. In 2012, Mr. Cooper was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Appellate Court Rules Committee. He has also been appointed as a Hearing Officer with the Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board. In 2020, Mr. Cooper was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Civil Procedure Rules Committee. In July 2021, he was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Wolf to the Pennsylvania Judicial Conduct Board.

Mr. Cooper has been named by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® as one of the top 100 lawyers in the Commonwealth every year since 2011. In 2008, Mr. Cooper was honored by PAJ and awarded its prestigious Milton D. Rosenberg Award for leadership and efforts for victims’ rights. In 2005, Mr. Cooper received the Association’s prestigious George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award for outstanding appellate advocacy. In addition, Mr. Cooper has been selected for inclusion as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer® every year from 2006 to the present, and in 2005 was a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star. He has also been named to the Best Lawyers In America each year since 2012.

Mr. Cooper has been actively involved in many important appellate cases in the Pennsylvania Supreme and Superior Courts and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, including Donovan v. State Farm, Gallagher v. GEICO, Rush v. Erie Ins. Exch., Rancosky v. Washington National, Allstate v. Wolfe, Ayers v. Geico, Heller v. League of Cities, Bumbarger v. Peerless, State Farm v. Rosenthal, Sackett v. Nationwide, and Smith v. Rohrbaugh.

Mr. Cooper is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Pennsylvania and Dauphin County Bar Associations. He is a member of the Dauphin County Bar Association and is currently its President. In 2021 he was named to the Board of Directors of the Joe Allegrini Children’s Hero Fund Board.

Mr. Cooper is an editor for the leading treatise on Pennsylvania Auto Insurance released in December 2012, the Third Edition of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law, Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Insurance: An Analysis of the Financial Responsibility Law. He is also an editor of all supplements for the Third Edition and was also a contributing editor on the Second Edition of the treatise. He is also the author of The A to Z of Civil Depositions in Pennsylvania published by PBI Press in February 2013. The text is a manual for attorneys who need assistance and ideas with handling various types of civil depositions in the Pennsylvania state and federal courts.

Mr. Cooper received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law (1993) and his B.A. from the University at Albany (1990). He is a frequent lecturer and author, who is also involved with the community through the Harrisburg Jewish Community Center and as an Adjunct Professor at Widener Law Commonwealth.

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Admitted to Practice

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (1994)
  • US District Court for the Middle District of PA
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of PA
  • US District Court of Western PA
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Bar Memberships

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Dauphin County Bar Association


  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice
    • Former president
    • Executive Committee
    • Board of Governors
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice – Legislative Policy Committee
    • Chairman
  • American Association for Justice
  • Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors
    • Past President

Awards, Memberships & Accomplishments

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – 2006 – 2024
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Star – 2005
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers in the Commonwealth – 2011-2024
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Top 100 in Philadelphia
  • Super Lawyers – 2006-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America – 2013-2023
  • Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation
  • Top Rated Lawyers in Personal Injury Law
  • National Trial Lawyers “Top 100 Trial Lawyers”
  • Central Penn Business Journal “Best Lawyers in America”
  • Susquehanna Style “Select Lawyer”
  • Harrisburg Magazine “Local Legal Leader”
  • Harrisburg Magazine “Reader’s Choice Attorney”
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice – Milton D. Rosenberg Award
  • Pennsylvania Association for Justice – George F. Douglas Amicus Curiae Award
  • America’s Most Honored Professionals


  • University at Albany—1990
  • Widener University School of Law, J.D—1993

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