Jon Cooper is a real estate attorney in Holland & Knight's Nashville office who assists developers, builders and business clients in managing all legal aspects of property-related transactions. Mr. Cooper's practice encompasses the full spectrum of real estate deals, including land use and zoning, regulatory compliance, development, public-private partnerships and government relations. He pulls from his 20 years of experience with the Metropolitan Nashville Government when handling contract negotiation, legislation, municipal finance and regulatory matters.

In his 20 years with the Metropolitan Nashville Government, Mr. Cooper served in various legal and administrative capacities and gained experience in nearly all aspects of local government. He assisted chairs of the Metro Council Budget and Finance Committee with preparation of the Metro Government’s annual operating budget, provided an analysis of all key legislation, debt transactions and public-private partnership agreements involving the city, and assisted with the redistricting of political boundaries. He has drafted hundreds of pieces of legislation, many of which are now part of the Metropolitan Zoning Code. He has also assisted with municipal debt issuances, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds and commercial paper.

Mr. Cooper served as Director of Law, and his accomplishments in that role include negotiating a long-term lease extension for an existing professional sports team utilizing a government-owned arena, as well as the stadium lease and development agreement for a new major league team.

Previously, Mr. Cooper was most recently a partner at Spencer Fane, where he focused on real estate transactions.


  • Nashville School of Law, J.D.
  • Middle Tennessee State University, B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Tennessee
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, 2017-2018
  • Tennessee County Attorneys Association, Former President and Member of Board of Directors
  • Leadership Nashville, 2006-2007
Honors & Awards
  • Best of the Bar, Nashville Business Journal, 2018, 2019
  • "In Charge" List, Nashville Post, 2014-2019