Alabama State Bar, 1999
Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Alabama Federal District Courts
J.D., University of Alabama School of Law, magna cum laude, 1999
B.A., University of Alabama, magna cum laude, 1995
Lisa Darnley Cooper is a partner in the firm's labor and employment and litigation practice groups. She concentrates her practice in all aspects of employment law representing management in matters including employment discrimination charges and cases, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour, Family and Medical Leave Act, OFCCP or Department of Labor audits, misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information, unfair competition, labor-management disputes, contract disputes, defamation and all employment-related torts.
Lisa spends much of her time providing advice and guidance to clients on minimizing the risk of litigation including planning and implementing reductions in force and consultations in hiring and termination decisions. She routinely counsels employers on the numerous laws affecting the workplace including Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and GINA. She is frequently called upon to draft employment policies and to conduct employment practices audits or internal investigations of discrimination claims.
Complementing her employment practice, Lisa counsels clients regarding compliance with the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Acts accessibility and accommodation provisions. She also has extensive trial experience representing individuals and companies in employment and business litigation matters as well as products liability matters. Another significant portion of her practice includes representation of state and local governmental entities in land use, employment and constitutional law related matters.
Lisa was selected as member of the Alabama State Bar Associations Leadership Forum in 2009. She has been active in the Mobile Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer's Program from the beginning of her career and currently serves at the President of the organization's Board of Directors. She is active in many other community and civic associations, including serving on the United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile's Board of Directors and as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Lisa is a member of the Alabama State Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the district courts throughout the State of Alabama. She graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1999. While in law school, she was recognized as a Hugo Black Scholar and was a member of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board and the Alabama Law Review. Prior to joining Hand Arendall, Lisa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Charles R. Butler, then-Chief District Court Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
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