Marnell A. Cooper has unique legal experience to represent both individuals and companies in litigation and business. Mr. Cooper has represented clients in the courts of seven counties within Maryland, as well as the United States District Court. In addition, he routinely negotiates agreements on behalf of his clients who are performing services or providing products around the globe, in countries like France, Dubai, India and Indonesia.
Mr. Cooper’s practice focuses on representing limited liability companies, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, closed corporations and individuals. He has special skill in representing small business owners. Mr. Cooper regularly represents clients facing issues with the Fair Debt Collection Act, Uniform Commercial Code articles 3 & 4, H1-B visas, Maryland Home Improvement Commission and the Maryland Wage Payment and Collection Act.
Mr. Cooper advises a US based company engaged in advising corporations in the US and Europe seeking to sell services and products in the Middle East and Africa. Mr. Cooper’s time is spent on strategic planning issues for the company, along with providing counsel on corporate governance. Mr. Cooper travels to countries with his client to meet and negotiate with high level government officials and corporate executives on sensitive matters involving trade and diplomacy. Mr. Cooper assisted his client in securing a multi-million dollar contract to represent a global energy company that included engaging a high profile government relations firm in Washington, DC. In addition, Mr. Cooper advises other US based companies in executive compensation agreements and music licensing and distribution agreements. Mr. Cooper has been Legal Counsel for a US trade delegation to the Republic of Turkey that included the participation of a sitting US Congressman and several US businesses.
Mr. Cooper has been recognized for his commitment in the legal community. The University of Maryland School of Law awarded Mr. Cooper its inaugural “Rising Star Award” that recognizes a recent graduate (within 10 years) whose exemplary contributions to service and leadership, either professionally or at the School of Law, has brought credit to the graduate and the institution. Mr. Cooper has also been recognized as a 2010 Super Lawyers Rising Star, whereby peers nominate the best attorneys in the State of Maryland who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to the Super Lawyers list.
Mr. Cooper resides in Baltimore City with his family and participates in several community activities in support of Baltimore City.
University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., 2002
University of Maryland, B.A., 1997
U.S. District Court for the District
Maryland State Bar Association
Baltimore City Bar Association
Monumental Bar Association
Commissioner, Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners
President of the Board, Board of Directors,
Fuel Fund of Maryland, 2009-present
Member of the Board, Board of Directors,
Fuel Fund of Maryland, 2003-present
Awards and Special Recognitions
2012 Maryland Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
2010 Maryland Rising Stars, Super Lawyers
Rising Star, University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association, 2007
MVP, Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, 2006
Circuit Representative of the Year, Maryland State Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, 2005
Graduate, Building Diverse Boards, United Way of Maryland, 2003
Order of the Barristers, University of Maryland School of Law, 2002
Moot Court Board, University of Maryland School of Law, 2000-2002
National Trial Team, University of Maryland School of Law, 2000-2002