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. He served eight years as Tennessee Attorney General and four years as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. After rejoining the firm, he served for two years as the Compliance Monitor in a consumer protection consent decree involving the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Daymar Colleges Group, a for-profit college system.

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.

Bob rejoined the firm in April 2015 as a member after 12 years of public service, serving as legal counsel to Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen from 2003-2006 and Attorney General from 2006-2014, during which time he served as chair of the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General from 2012-2013.

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Society of Attorneys General Emeritus (SAGE)

Community Oversight Board (Nashville, Tennessee)

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

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)