Brent Cooper is a litigation attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Cooper represents a wide variety of clients, including those in the industries of health insurance, maritime shipping and transportation, representation and warranty insurance (RWI) and financial services.

Mr. Cooper has experience assisting clients at all stages of trial and appellate litigation in state and federal court (as well as disputes in arbitration), including evaluating litigation risks, preparing and answering lawsuits, serving and responding to discovery, preparing for depositions, arguing dispositive motions, managing litigation teams, mediation, preparing for trial, appeals and negotiating settlements.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Cooper worked for an international law firm in Houston, Texas, with corporate clients in a wide variety of industries, including real estate, financial services, upstream and midstream oil and gas, metals manufacturing, solar power and insurance.

Before entering private practice, Mr. Cooper served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Representative Experience

  • Served as part of a federal trial team that obtained a favorable judgment for underwriters of a maritime insurance policy in a multimillion-dollar dispute over coverage for hurricane-inflicted damage to a commercial fishing vessel
  • Obtained a strategically significant severance and stay of all counterclaims against 25 major health insurance plans in a lawsuit filed by the plans against a nationwide pharmacy chain for over-billing hundreds of millions of dollars in prescription drug reimbursements
  • Served as part of a team representing a major designer of oil tubular products that obtained, on the eve of a federal trial, an agreed injunction prohibiting the designer's former licensee from manufacturing or marketing all products that misappropriated the designer's proprietary technology
  • Obtained an order in Texas state court dismissing all claims, asserted derivatively on behalf of a limited liability company (LLC), for failure to properly allege demand futility; dismissal affirmed on appeal


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D., with honors
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., Economics and Philosophy, summa cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • The Florida Bar, Second Circuit Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) Committee, 2023
  • The University of Chicago Law Review, Managing Editor, 2016-2018
Honors & Awards
  • Joseph Henry Beale Prize for Excellence in Legal Research and Writing, The University of Chicago Law School, 2016
  • Phi Beta Kappa