John Cooper

John Cooper was born and raised in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, VA. He attended school in Virginia Beach. After law school at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, VA John returned to his home town in 1988 to work for a federal judge in the U.S. District Court.

John Cooper

For 23 years, John has focused on personal injury claims and lawsuits. He specializes in helping people seriously injured in accidents. His cases include people who have suffered damages and losses in car crashes, truck wrecks, and motorcycle collisions. Other legal areas in which John has significant experience include railroad worker injuries under the FELA law, wrongful death and train crossing accidents.

In 2010, John Cooper handled a truck accident, wrongful death lawsuit which resulted in the largest settlement of a motor vehicle related case in all of Virginia according to the VA Lawyers Weekly newspaper. The $ 3,500,000.00 award went to a child whose father was killed by a truck driver who rear-ended the vehicle in which the young man was a passenger. John uncovered evidence that the dump truck operator had improperly treated diabetes that contributed to his carelessness.

Mr. Cooper has received numerous honors including:

  • Elected in 2011 to Chair the FELA Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice (the largest plaintiffs attorney organization in the US)
  • Elected in 2010 as one of two District Governors from the Virginia Beach/ Norfolk area to the Virginia Trial Lawyers Assoc. Board of Governors
  • Listed among VA “Superlawyers” for personal injury law since 2010 ( only 5% of lawyers get this listing)
  • Chosen in 2011 for “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in VA”
  • Top rating of “AV” since 2004 by Matindale Hubbell attorney reputation assessment system for highest level of skill and ethics
  • Member since 2011 in the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Roundtable

John has handled injury litigation in every court in Hampton Roads, including in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, VA and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He can also practice law in North Carolina. John prides himself on working hard to serve his clients and always seeking their best interests in any case he agrees to take on. John is a proud Member of National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.


The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.

John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.

John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website