PRACTICE AREAS

Casualty and Insurance Defense

Premise Litigation

Product Liability

Errors and Omissions

Death and Dismemberment Liability

Personal Injury Auto

Law Office of Cooley and Associates PLC has devoted significant resources to the defense of casualty claims and suits. The firm is listed in Bests Recommended Insurance Defense Attorneys.  Over the years numerous insurance carriers have retained the firm’s attorneys to represent their insureds. The firm also has extensive experience in coverage issues and declaratory judgment actions Law Office of Cooley and Associates PLC routinely try casualty defense suits to juries. John L. Cooley is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Defense Research Institute and the prestigious International Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Cooley is named in Bests Attorneys, has tried numerous matters to jury verdict, and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubble. Mr. Cooley and the Law Office of Cooley and Associates PLC can offer clients a vast reservoir of experience in litigation, whether in Federal or state courts.

Private School and Early Education Law

Constitution/First Amendment Issues

Employment

Student and Parent

Casualty and Negligence

Organizational Structure

Private Christian schools and churches operating education programs require experienced counsel, knowledgeable of the unique legal issues they frequently encounter. John L. Cooley and John Mark Cooley have represented schools and early education programs involving legal matters such as First Amendment, employment, casualty and negligence, insurance coverage, students and parent claims and contract disputes. In conjunction with the Association of Christian School International (ACSI), they provide a phone hot line for ACSI member schools. John L Cooley writes for the ACSI under the Legal/Legislative Update Question and Answer column. Both John L. and John Mark frequently speak at professional conferences for teachers, administrators, board members and staff located around the country. They also provide specialized in-service board seminars for individual or small groups of schools and early education programs.

Some areas of concentration:

Constitution/First Amendment Issues

Employment Issues

- Assistance in EEOC and State Civil Rights Claims

- Discrimination Litigation

- Employee Contracts, Handbooks and Related Documents

- Contract Disputes and Wrongful Discharge Claims

- Harassment Claims

Student and Parent Issues

- Claims Arising From Expulsion or Suspension

- Educational Malpractice

- Discipline

- Sexual Abuse

Casualty and Negligence Issues

- School and Teacher Liability

- Insurance Coverage

Organizational Structure Issues

- Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws

- Non-profit Foundations

Constitutional Law

First Amendment Free Exercise and Establishment Clause

Defamation and Slander Claims

Equal Protection

Due Process

Civil Rights and Section 1983 Claims

The firm’s attorneys have handled matters involving First Amendment and other constitutional rights. The relationship between individuals, corporations or faith based programs and the government is bounded by the Federal and State Constitutions. Understanding the intersection of constitutional rights and prohibited government interference with those rights is crucial. Whether representing an individual, business or faith based non-profit, Law Firm of Cooley and Associates is committed to providing quality litigation expertise or appellate representation in a cost effective manner. The firm represents clients in litigation and appeals involving

 

First Amendment Free Exercise and Establishment Clause

- Defamation and Slander Claims

- Equal Protection

- Due Process

- Civil Rights and Section 1983 Claims

Employment Law

EEOC Compliance and Defense of Charges of Discrimination

Litigation of Civil Rights Claims and Discrimination Defense

Employment Administration

Contracts, Non-Compete

Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Defense

The firm's attorneys have represented local and national employers, including non-profits and various types of businesses. They are experienced in advising clients on pre-litigation and litigation matters, including issues employers should consider in all aspects of the employment relationship. The section also has been retained by insurance carriers to represent insureds in employment related litigation. John L. Cooley and John Mark Cooley are experienced with the EEOC charge and investigation process and understand the nature of employee discrimination charges. John L. Cooley has developed an Employment Law Audit focusing on contract, employee handbooks and the numerous federal anti-discrimination statutes and has assisted employers in drafting and revising employee contracts and handbooks.

Some areas of concentration:

 

EEOC Compliance and Defense of Charges of Discrimination

 

Litigation of Civil Rights Claims and Discrimination Defense

 

Employment Administration

-Review of Handbooks, Contracts, Applications and Related Documents

-HR Advice and In-Service

Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration Defense

Commercial Law

Contract Review and dispute resolution

Government compliance review and defense

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