Robert E. Cooper Jr.


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As a member of the firm’s Compliance & Government Investigations Practice Group, former Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper has broad experience in consumer protection and compliance monitoring.

Bob served eight years as Tennessee Attorney General and four years as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. In 2015, he rejoined the firm where he led high-stakes litigation and investigations and served as the Compliance Monitor in a consumer protection consent decree involving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Daymar Colleges Group, a for-profit college system. In 2019, Bob left the firm to lead the Metro Nashville Department of Law. He rejoined the firm in 2021.

Bob advises clients on matters related to compliance and enforcement issues and assists clients in responding to internal investigations from federal, state or local governments. Clients draw upon Bob’s years of public service experience to help maneuver through a state’s administrative processes, including challenges to regulations, contracts and other official actions. In addition, he provides counsel on enforcement of nonprofit and charitable entities law.

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Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE)

Community Oversight Board (Nashville, Tennessee) — Secretary (2019); Second Vice Chair (2019)

National Association Attorneys General (NAAG) — Chair, Southern Region (2012-2013)

American Bar Association — House of Delegates (2009-2014)

Tennessee Supreme Court Historical Society — President (2014-2015)

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners (2002-2006)

Charter Revision Commission of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (2000-2006) — Chair (2002-2006)

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands — Board of Directors (1992-2003); President (1998-2000)

ThinkTennessee — Board Chair (2017-2019)

American Health Law Association (AHLA)