- J.D., with High Honors, The George Washington University, 1990
B.S., Civil Engineering, Cornell University, 1987
- Mr. Cooper is Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Beacon, a Fortune 500 publicly traded building materials distribution company (NASDAQ: BECN). Beacon has 589 locations throughout the United States and Canada, approximately 8500 employees, and annual revenue of approximately $7 billion. Mr. Cooper is responsible for all of Beacon’s legal affairs including contracts, employee relations, acquisitions, SEC reporting, corporate governance, insurance procurement, commercial leasing, and litigation and claims management. Prior to joining Beacon, Mr. Cooper was the Chair of the Business Litigation Practice Group of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, the largest suburban Washington, D.C.-area law firm. His practice consisted of general business, contract and construction litigation; securities; antitrust; employment discrimination; intellectual property; and government contracts. He had extensive experience before federal and state trial and appellate courts throughout the United States. Prior to joining Shulman Rogers in 1999, Mr. Cooper served in both the public and private sectors, with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he received the Attorney General’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 1993-95, and thereafter with the Washington, D.C. office of Kaye, Scholer, LLP. Mr. Cooper began his legal career in 1990 with the Washington, D.C. office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. In 2017, Mr. Cooper was an adjunct professor of Business Law at St. Mary's College of Maryland.